Helmet With Embedded Display for Emergency Responders

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: D10PC20049
Agency Tracking Number: 1021066
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
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-
DUNS: 804603421
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Juhnke
 (312) 576-3668
Business Contact
 Matthew Neild
Phone: (312) 576-3002
Email: matt.neild@tanagram.com
Research Institution
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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