Can smart shirts keep first responders safer?

Can smart shirts keep first responders safer?

The Internet of Things depends on interoperable data. And nowhere is interoperability more important than in public safety applications.

In a presentation at the Department of Homeland Security earlier this month, Hexoskin a biometric clothing company, and SensorUp, an IoT data management firm, demonstrated how data collected and shared by smart shirts can keep first responders safer.

The shirts are designed to collect biometric data from first responders in near-real time. Sensor data from the shirts -- such as temperature, heart rate, breathing rate and volume -- is sent to SensorUp’s IoT data exchange platform, which is based on international, open, geospatial standards. SensorUp’s IoT platform configures the information from more than 27 IoT sensors and reports it to a common operating picture viewed by managers directing the response.

“Having all the information from different IoT devices in a single situation-management common operating picture saves managers precious moments,” said Steve Liang, SensorUp CEO. “Informed response decisions can be made clearly and quickly, as the manager gets a clear picture of the critical information -- not only from one IoT system, but from all relevant IoT systems.”

The system was demonstrated earlier this month to officials as part of an the Open Geospatial Consortium’s Incident Management Information Sharing IoT Pilot, designed to address the challenges that hinder the wide use of sensors in emergency and disaster response situations.

About the Author

Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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