ResQTronics has long been a developer and support of IoT in the fire service, EMS, and security services. Our platform is the first in the industry to aggregate tactical data and provide incident commanders with heads-up data to make informed decisions about their asset usage.
Today, I wanted to talk about our work with what we're calling Tactical IoT (TIoT).
What is it?
Well, TIoT is an ecosystem of devices and software that allow for rapid data collection, aggregation, digestion, and consumption.
Great... What is it?
The TIoT is a big net of sensors we are able to cast over any incident. For example, during a wide-area-search as part of a USAR response, we might supply each team member with a ResTraQ Accountability System unit. These devices supply commanders with real-time location and attitude information about their team members. The data to and from the individual units moves via TIoT. In the case of the ResQTraQ devices, data is passed over any number of mesh radio systems.
For example, during a wide-area-search as part of a USAR response, we might supply each team member with a ResTraQ Accountability System unit. These devices supply commanders with real-time location and attitude information about their team members. As the teams identify and search structures, they can send data back to command to maintain a digital record of their efforts - including unsafe structures and discovered hazards. If photos of a structure are taken, these are automatically tagged with the rest of the information and stored in our interactive map.
Another example would be a structure fire (this is a complex example). During a structure, we expect multiple engines and other assets to be involved. Each engine will provide information to the commander such as water level, pressure, fuel st
ResQTronics has been a labor of love for the team for a number of years. Unfortunately, it's been on the back-burner more often than not. When I sustained my duty-related illness and subsequently retired out (at the ripe age of 28), the project basically stood still. In the summer of 2016 we re-developed our test mules with new hardware and software after an API closure forced us to abandon certain early GPS systems. Sitting on a desk at the office are five field units ready to rock and roll when we get a call. Last month, I entered us into the Infy Makers competition for $10,000 to help us realize the next iteration. I've already begun spec'ing out new components, dabbling with design features, and even re-tooling the software in an effort to get back into the swing of things and get back to saving the lives of my fellow first responders. There is a new energy here at ResQTronics. Look for explosive new growth this year and some amazing new products to be brought out. We're really digging into mesh networking across multiple radio networks - which is giving us some awesome capability for fireground data exchange. Stay tuned for more! -Kenny