The more information a firefighter has on a situation, the better they’ll be as a first responder. Unfortunately, observing and processing that information quickly is a daunting task, especially in a high pressure scenario.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are working together to take some of the load off their shoulders, by developing a new machine learning system that collects data on the emergency environment, and feeds relevant information and recommendations to the firefighting team.
Equipment to help first responders safely and effectively save lives and minimize damage is constantly improving, like devices designed to improve navigation in smoke-filled buildings through vibrations or thermal imaging. Created as part of the DHS’s Next Generation First Responders (NGFR) program, JPL’s artificial intelligence (AI) system was designed to coordinate those kinds of technologies.