For firefighters, the combination of augmented reality (AR), smart wearables and drones are all becoming life-saving additions to rescue teams. The Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) in Central Florida is utilizing these technologies by incorporating drones and AR solutions into their daily routine.
Last year, during Hurricane Irma, search-and-rescue efforts used thermal imaging with a drone and smart glasses to rescue a family trapped on the top floor of a submerged building.
The OCFRD has integrated these technologies in numerous ways. Now, firefighters are able to utilize AR smart glasses in order to avoid obstacles, maintain visual-line-of-sight of the craft, and keep relevant data in front of them without having to look away at the display monitor.
Additionally, they have incorporated an advanced training program to educate ground teams on what to look for and how to correctly use the technology in the field. They are also using pilot drones as a safety precaution for their crew and aerial search-and-rescue.