Helmet With Embedded Display for Emergency Responders

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
D10PC20049
Award Id:
94806
Agency Tracking Number:
1021066
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB010.2-006
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
125 North HALSTED ST, CHICAGO, IL, 60661-
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Minority Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
804603421
Principal Investigator:
Joseph Juhnke
(312) 576-3668
jjuhnke@tanagram.com
Business Contact:
Matthew Neild
(312) 576-3002
matt.neild@tanagram.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
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.

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