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New visualisation tool for first responders
BMT has developed a mobile application that gives first responders rapid situational awareness of safety hazards such as chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear substances, the company announced on 17 August.
The visualisation tool processes data captured by UAS payloads into real-time 2D and 3D maps of the scene to help responders safely assess hazardous situations.
The tool was developed under a research project designed to translate data gathered by UAS into real-time, user-friendly maps, accessible on a mobile, tablet or a desktop. The project was funded through the Defence and Security Accelerator themed competition ‘autonomy in hazardous scene assessment’.
BMT collaborated with Blue Bear Systems, using its Riser UAS system, and Rescue Global, to develop a proof-of-concept tool which was successfully trialled in a live training exercise at the Fire Service College. The application uses sensor data from small, lightweight, autonomous platforms – either commercial or specialist that are deployed to autonomously scan an environment, both inside and outside.
The project aims to combine advanced gas sensing technologies with other UAS platforms to allow a wider range of end users to use the tool. The end goal is a system deployed in the boot of the car of every responder within the next few years.
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