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Having the courage to plunge oneself into a dark, smoky building, with a limited supply of air demands bravery outside the experience of most of us.
We are fortunate to have such people among us in the form of firefighters, police officers, ambulance service workers and other blue light service personnel who go above and beyond the call of duty.
The fact that, in the last 10 years, the UK has seen a series of 14 firefighter fatalities from a relatively small workforce is a testament to their courage and commitment.
But where and how could location technology help?
To us, we see an urgent need for the control and monitoring of the spatial location of staff within buildings.
Until now one of the main issues is that there are indoor locations that are GPS denied.
Blue Light Services already have GPS enabled devices and other sensors to monitor the wellbeing of staff.
However, they face a challenge tracking personnel in indoor locations and places where GPS is not available.
How much different would the world be if technology could be deployed to allow for pinpoint location accuracy?
Now imagine a town called Briteyellow.
It's a place much like any other town, except that it uses Briteyellow Smart Location for Blue Light Services.
In Briteyellow, fire officers have a technology that allows them to look at a high-risk premise before they attend, do a digital walk around, and have it available on any officer's screen.
A technology that provides dynamic situational awareness, captures meaningful operational intelligence data, whilst avoiding the risk of information overload.
The technology is built on our multi-wireless (WiFi, BLE, UWB and NB-IoT) local positioning and navigation engine.
In the planned scenario, sensors are placed inside each high risk structure.
Those sensors pick up the signals from a BriteLocate application that is downloaded on their existing mobile devices. Other assets, including people, can be tracked by attaching BriteLocate fixed or wearable tags.
What's more, Briteyellow produces a mixed reality (virtual reality and augmented reality) application on a smart phone, for high risk premises. This means that such places can be explored on mobiles, PC, or on a virtual reality headset.
This means that in a training scenario, emergency services can familiarise themselves with the indoor layout of premises ane be ready for the real thing.
And while an incident is ongoing, this system can be used to receive audio and visual location-based information. This can help officrs to interact with controllers and provide better operational support and management.
However, not every building may have been digitally mapped.
That is not a problem, because in that scenario, BriteLocate IOT sensors can be deployed around the perimeter of an operational area to enable spontaneous location.
Controllers are better able to provide dynamic, situational awareness, and support, whilst automatically capturing indoor location data.
In emergency situations, where every second counts, Briteyellow town's blue light services have a technology that can help them save lives, and to stay alive.
That's the least we can do for those brave individuals who have the courage and commitment to put their lives on the line for the rest of us.
For more information on Briteyellow's services, click HERE.