Harnessing data and computation
When you think of fighting a fire, you think of water and foam and firefighters. You also have to think about software and hardware. There’s the communication equipment, navigation equipment, monitoring equipment and more. Electronic safety equipment (ESE) carried by firefighters and fire apparatus all include some form of software, usually embedded code in the electronic. ESE presents practical solutions for firefighters’ safety – communications, GPS and tracking, environmental sensing, physiological sensing and more.
There must be a mindset that encourages multidisciplinary collaboration.
The statistics tell the story, there are about 1.1 million firefighters in our country responding to about 30 million emergency calls of every sort. Different equipment is used by various companies in radically different environments from the rugged terrain of a wildfire to a terrifying event in a high rise. The challenge today is to develop the platforms that will bring this system of systems together to meet the demanding need for performance in real-time operations with collaborating software and hardware.
~1.1 million firefighters in our country respond to ~30 million emergency calls.
GPS usually works great outdoors, but what if you're disoriented in a large building such as a museum or a mall? There are no smartphone apps for indoor navigation, but new data collected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-and a competition to find the app developers who can make the best use of it-may help solve the problem.