Wearable tech can help the emergency services by freeing up their hands an allowing them to access more information while carrying out essential tasks.
At a recent London event Samsung and consultants Ovum said that the emergency services and healthcare professionals can significantly benefit from the rapidly advancing field of wearable technology.
He said the devices have huge benefits for those in emergency services as they will enable workers to use their hands while also receiving the information they need to know.
Adrian Drury from Ovum, at the Futurescape event, said: “Fire police, rescue, these are the people who are really interested in wearable tech to make their jobs better.”
As an example he said those working in hospitals will be able to benefit from seeing vital patient information, on systems like Google Glass, while still being able to treat the patient.
The potential for using Google Glass and other wearable technology in situations which require a fast, or expert, response is only just being realised.
In recent weeks Google announced a first round of companies which would start to use glass in the work place.
This included Augmedix a company that is teaming up doctors with the headwear to help them see information about the patients in front of them.
Now BAE Systems has launched new software that can be used with Glass in the event of a natural disaster.
The company has launched a new prototype app that allows emergency workers to collect data and images from an area while they are doing other, more urgent, jobs.
This will allow damage to be assessed and the data collected uploaded to a server which is accessible by those in a command centre.
The technology offers the potential to be able to allow first responders in emergency environment to focus on life threatening issues while also capturing what is happening in the surrounding area.
This may be able to give those who are responsible for co-ordinating a larger response to see the extent of a potential situation and then act in an appropriate way.
DeEtte Gray, president of BAE Systems’ intelligence and security sector said: “Disasters affecting a large number of people spread across a wide geographical area present a significant challenge for emergency responders.”
Peder Jungck, also from the company, said: “Crowdsourcing enables emergency responders to quickly provide real-time images, video and intelligence back to the command post, so decision makers can effectively determine when and where to deploy resources”.
Image one courtesy of Augmedix