Connected Apparatus

Shaping the future of connected apparatus

Technology is reshaping the methods of response.  Drones, robotics, unmanned vehicles– any technology that can operate on land, air or water  – provides new capabilities for first responders.  Even though the technology exists , technology must be carefully refined to work appropriately in future applications.   Today drones already can record the changes a wildfire undergoes at night in real time or unmanned aerial trucks can carry a 6000-pound payload capacity.  We are scratching the surface with these capabilities; requiring careful attention to future developments.

Think about a robot that can enter a burning building and report from the inside.

Imagine sending a drone into a hazmat situation to collect CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) information while your crew receives the data from a safe position. Think about a robot that can enter a burning building and report from the inside. Imagine the results that could be achieved if a wildland firefighter had a drone in his backpack that could look ahead and send back situational data.

The future of connected apparatus seems almost unlimited.

The fire services are striving to utilize all these technologies, to integrate communication technology into equipment and to add sensors to unmanned vehicles. We need to explore the opportunities presented by humanoid robotics and autonomous firefighting. The future may be close at hand, but it requires a strategic, long-term focus and collaboration with the innovators across the value chain. Sensors need to be able to integrate with portable equipment in the conditions of a wildfire, an industrial fire – at any and every fire. These ruggedized sensors then need to communicate accurately and reliably. Lives will depend on them. The future of connected apparatus seems almost unlimited, but only collaborative solutions will put them on the front line.