Edge-supported, Accessible, and Secure Augmented Reality for Improved Visualization in Indoor First Responder Scenarios
First responders work in highly challenging environments. They need to make split-second decisions that may make the difference between life and death under stressful conditions. Easy, user-friendly access to information of different types can be the differentiator in many conditions. This project focuses on new innovations in the use of augmented reality (AR) systems, culminating in a system called EasyVizAR (pronounced easy visor) that provides an end-to-end solution to address many challenges common in emergency situations, especially in indoor environments. The project addresses some of the key challenges that were identified during discussions with public safety partners.
- Providing better detection and identification of objects and people
- Providing improved localization and cues to personnel for improved navigation and coordination
- Creating secure and collaborative ways to learn about an environment, especially indoor maps, and sharing information across diverse first responders