Scotland, Europe Brief News – A new-developed helmet, that uses artificial intelligence (AI), helped firefighters find and rescue victims faster.
Researchers from the National Robotarium in Edinburgh in Scotland designed the helmet using sensors, thermal cameras and radar technology.
The equipment aims to help firefighters navigate in a smoke-filled environment, map their surroundings and ultimately rescue victims more quickly.
“Firefighters are heroes. Everyone knows that. But what we are doing is (…) we also want them to have this superhero ability: see through smoke, see through darkness and have this ability to find effective solutions for search and rescue,” said Chris Xiaoxuan Lu, Lecturer in Cyber-Physical Systems at the School of Informatics of the University of Edinburgh.
“It will definitely improve the safety for firefighters from multiple dimensions. We already talk about victim searching. We also talk about navigation together with all the sensor units,” he added.
“In the long run, we will try to investigate what is the most efficient communication manner between the frontline firefighters to the outside chief commanders, so that all the systems can be even more efficient”.
To develop this technology, the research team collaborated with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and tested the design in their training facility.