First Responder Enhanced Awareness Technology

HORIZON 2020 project

TOXI-triage addressed all the requirements outlined in call DRS-2-2014 by assembling a new multi-disciplinary team from across Europe with proven world-class records of accomplishment.

The team was able to translate and merge advanced, proven technologies from clinical medicine with practices of search and rescue into an integrated concept of operation (CONOP) for triage in a catastrophic CBRN incident. The TOXI-triage project developed and tested new and current technologies as an integrated capability with embedded sensors, drones, standoff detectors (including cameras), artificial intelligence and centralized communications (The Integrator).

These technologies enabled and informed Command and Control using ‘Traceability by Design’ as the foundation for the management and recovery of information and documentation of medical care. The CONOP of TOXI-triage met the needs of casualties and end users with an economic foundation of multiple use applications to enhance routine clinical medicine EU wide. These innovations created opportunities for EU companies to develop new technologies and markets. It sustained the technology base for the future advances in CBRN triage capabilities such as an end user Field Toolkit for CBRN agents.

The TOXI-triage project started in Q2 2015 and ended Q2 2018 concluding the three year project. Project partners included the Universities of Loughborough (UK), Helsinki (FI), Edinburgh (UK), Athens (GR), Hannover (DE), Paderborn (DE) and JYU (FI), the Police National CBRN Centre (UK), the Oslo University Hospital (NO), the Fire Rescue Brigades of Moravia (CZ) and South Savo (FI), the MoD of Greece, and industry partners GAS (DE), Airsense (DE), Environics (FI), UFZ (DE), T4i Engineering (UK) and ATOS (ES).

HORIZON 2020 project

First responders constantly work in unsafe conditions doing hard life saving work. They put themselves at risk to save lives. The RESPOND-A project is funded under the Horizon 2020 programme; the project aims to increase the safety of first responders and their patients by increasing the knowledge gained of the incident scene as rapidly as possible. This data is funneled to the commanders and the field first responders in easily digestible format to increase awareness without distraction. New and innovative technologies are being developed to fulfil this objective. Environmental and body sensors inform the first responder wearing them to potential dangers they are facing, the status and location of each first responder is relayed to the command and control centre allowing commanders to make decisions to protect their comrades. Prometech is finding new innovations for sensor integrations in the field of emergency management.

Within RESPOND-A medical first responders use our triage platform to maximise their effectiveness of treating casualties. This system is proven to be effective from previous projects and is being tested with new innovations in RESPOND-A. The marquee improvement is the integration of triage data onto augmented reality glasses that will allow the paramedics to view the triage status of the casualty while simultaneously using their hands to assess and attend to the casualty’s injuries. Prometech has combined its experience with first responders using AR to be well equipped for any situation and our incident management  experience to expand the capabilities of our triage platform.

The RESPOND-A consortium consists of over 34 partners 8 of which are end users giving the project a wealth of experience in first response. The three year project started in Q3 of 2020 and will continue with three distinct demonstrations until 2023. By the conclusion of the project significant inroads will be made for integrating the cutting edge innovation into Prometech’s current products.

FP7 project

IF REACT (Improved First Responder Ensembles Against CBRN Terrorism) answered to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) call SEC‐2011.4.4‐1 CBRN individual Protective Clothing where the task is “to develop innovative protective clothing for first responders and/or for the public in case of a CBRN crisis.” IF REACT takes both the danger of terrorist attacks using CBRN‐means and releases other than attack, such as pandemic outbreaks, accidents and other incidents involving dangerous substances, into account in order to achieve its main goal of developing innovative protective clothing for first responders. Following a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of existing equipment, IF REACT chose to focus on the most emergent threats and to fulfil the needs of the end users who are in greatest need of innovative protection. Prometech developed a heads-up-display (HUD) that is used to display information that improves the first responders situational awareness.

The project started on January 1st 2011, and lasted for 36 months. The objectives of the project were:

            1. Develop a tool that allows end users and procurement staff to select the best PPE system for
              the mission of the first responder and the expected threat.
            2. The protective system will provide added functionality regarding the C4I needs of the typical wearer. Typical First Responder tactical needs as communication, (indoor) localisation & situational awareness, will be enabled by affordable, robust and easy to use technology.
            3. The suit will be configured as a platform that carries the energy and the connections to the components of the sensor subsystem. The sensors itself will be housed in the suit as well as in the respirator, depending on their function.
            4. This platform will be interfaced with the external infrastructure to get extra capabilities/situation awareness
              without constraints and cost on the suit itself.

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