Brandwidth won a GovTech Catalyst Challenge sponsored by GDS and the Cabinet Office in partnership with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service to help save the lives of firefighters by tracking them in real-time during noxious conditions. An ongoing project, we’re on the path to developing a product to improve situational awareness for emergency services globally.
Once a team of firefighters enters a building, their commanders have only a limited ability to establish their current location, activity and safety. Solving this challenge requires a meticulous combination of technical and user research and development, software and hardware engineering and elegant UX design to ensure that we implicitly understand the severe conditions in which fire services operate.
The objective of the project is to give command teams a view through building structures, fire and smoke to understand where crew are, the route they took, which spaces have been searched, and provide fire commanders with the ability to react quickly when making life-critical decisions.
Our approach deploys a custom developed battery powered hardware sensor device worn by each firefighter. Able to track movement and detect obstructions, combined with low-power, long-range, infrastructure free radio communications, into a package designed to mitigate extreme environments.
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