Prometech has experience with the integration and use of head-up display systems in the field of emergency response in two specific applications aimed at CBRN specialists operating in and around the hotzone.
For a first responder to act effectively during a CBRN incident, it is of paramount importance to be aware of their surroundings. Maximizing situational awareness entails optimizing the perception and understanding of a first responder of their own situation, their immediate surroundings and the incident at large. Increased situational awareness improves their ability to forecast events, execute tasks based on that perception and keep themselves safe.
In large CBRN-related responses situational awareness is often lacking. At the HQ there is generally a decent understanding of the incident at a strategic level, but no direct view on what is happening in the field. On the other hand, first responders in the field are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) consisting of suits, gloves, and gas masks, which are likely to make them feel isolated. In addition, they have limited context, due to the nature of CBRN incidents, which often affect a larger area.
As a result, both of these groups do not always possess all information they need to properly carry out their tasks. This is partly due to the fact that many procedures and systems still overwhelmingly rely on voice communication to transmit information. Voice communication can be very valuable, but it is not particularly well suited for the transmission of geo-spatial information. Giving directions or explaining the size and shape of a certain hazard area is difficult using only voice. This may result in confusion, disorientation and an overall lack of situational awareness both in the field and in the command center.
Prometech has also integrated a radiological sensor with its COTS head-up display solution as a proof-of-concept. Radiation readings and dosage are immediately accessible to first responders as they are projected on the head-up display in the lower-right corner of the eye.