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Real-time tracking for firefighter safety: apply for contracts

Every year the UK fire and rescue services deal with more than 55,000 incidents inside buildings and other structures. One of the struggles they face is keeping track of where firefighters are during real emergencies in hostile environments.

This competition has up to £1.25 million for new technologies that can be used in the field to give accurate data on where firefighters are at all times.

It is a Small Business Research Initiative competition with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

To be useful to the emergency services, projects need to demonstrate digital technology that can be put into action straight away to give a full picture of what’s happening.

They must:

  • be instantly deployable at unfamiliar locations

  • operate on a self-contained mobile secure local network

  • provide real-time data about a firefighter’s horizontal and vertical location, including the room they’re in and the floor

  • allow seamless sharing across multiple agencies, using local and remote software platforms

  • present real-time data in 3D using augmented or holographic technology

The deadline for registrations is at midday on 21 November 2018.

For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.

Innovation can help your business become more competitive, increase sales and enter new markets, why not visit the Business Wales Innovation pages to find out what support and funding is available to help your business innovate.


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