Professor UNC Charlotte Waxhaw, North Carolina, United States
Situational awareness for structural fire is essential for decision making by fire chiefs at the scene. In this presentation, we will introduce several techniques that have the potential to help firefighters achieve situational awareness without entering the building. The first technique is wireless sensing, which uses wireless signals as “Radar” to scan rooms to detect existence and operations of human beings, and the condition and changes of fire in the room. The second technique is augmented reality, which can integrate real life information with sensing results to present fire situations to firefighters in real time. The techniques can be used in both training and field operation scenarios. We will introduce the latest advances in the two fields and demonstrate our achievements. We will also explore the challenges to porting the approaches to firefighting scenes.
Understand the usefulness and challenge of augmented reality and information integration in firefighting and firefighter training, harness realtime information presentation to staff
Understand the new techniques such as wireless sensing to achieve non-intrusive situational awareness at fire scenes, and how the techniques can be adopted by firefighters
Effective integration of new techniques into the whole procedure of future firefighting, improve both training and field operation efficiency and quality, and improve staff life quality