Trial of a special end user terminal that aids field operators during emergency rescue operations
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Original versionProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM2008)
This research is part of an EC Framework VI project called OASIS (Open Advanced System for dISaster and emergency management -http://www.oasis-fp6.org/). OASIS involves developing an IT framework for interoperability in crisis management across national and agency boundaries and providing a number of applications to support user requirements. This paper discusses trials to evaluate an end user system that aids field personnel during emergency rescue operations. The system consists of a Head Mounted Display (HMD), camera, deployable ad-hoc wireless network and a noise reducing earpiece called PARAT which acts as a low noise voice pick-up for voice activated commands. The system presents relevant graphical and textual information to the users through a set of predefined commands and aims to improve communication between the operators. Eight fire-fighters participated in an evaluation trial utilising a simulated "Search and Rescue" scenario. A full system description, integration implications, scenario and results from the trial are presented.