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Helmet With Embedded Display for Emergency Responders

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Department of Homeland Security
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Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
125 North Halsted Suite 400 Chicago, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Helmet With Embedded Display for Emergency Responders
Agency: DHS
Contract: D10PC20049
Award Amount: $100,000.00


This topic of developing a helmet with embedded display for first responders will be pursued to advance both individual and group Situational Awareness. Individual Situational Awareness would be increased through providing specific data relating to air supply, thermal imaging, biometrics, identification of flee path. Ideally, group Situational Awareness for first responders will relate to location of the group, enhanced communication with leadership outside of the building, display of floor plans for strategy and planning, and an advanced method of announcing and locating a man-down. Preliminary research will be performed to determine technical feasibility.  Immediate approach will address the following: - Investigate data which is now available to the first responder/firefighter, although currently in a 'siloed' fashion via different means and technologies. - Use a combination of contextual and neurocognitive research to address the issue of cognitive overload and distraction in determining the optimum amount of data to be displayed. - Build quickly upon the progress occurring in optics and display technology to match the ideal display medium with the technical tolerances which must be met in the first responder physical environment.

Principal Investigator:

Joseph Juhnke
(312) 576-3668

Business Contact:

Matthew Neild
(312) 576-3002
Small Business Information at Submission:

Tanagram Partners
125 North HALSTED ST CHICAGO, IL 60661-

EIN/Tax ID: 363817915
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: Yes