A GROUND-BREAKING SAFETY BLANKET FOR FIREFIGHTERS

"Our fire commanders often have very little information about where a firefighter is, once they’re deployed beyond the threshold of a building. Our aim is to enable our Incident Commanders to see through buildings and know where their crews are."

55000+

INCIDENTS

The UK fire and rescue services handle over 55,000 incidents inside buildings and other structures each year. In a live hostile environment, keeping track of each firefighters’ location at all times is a major problem faced by fire crews the world over.

£1.25m

GOVTECH FUNDING

£1.25m GovTech Catalyst Funding to develop a pioneering, lifesaving safety solution, which will reduce operational risk and further enhance the safety and wellbeing of firefighters.

90 Secs

DEPLOYMENT TIME

The Arwain digital localisation solution will be quick and easy for firefighters and command crew to deploy on-site within 90 seconds with minimal set up so as not to disrupt or slow operations.

AUGMENTED VISIBILITY FOR FIRE COMMAND

During a fire and rescue emergency, incident commanders need as much situational awareness as possible to keep crews and the public safe. Firefighters already carry a thermal imaging camera to detect heat signatures, which gives them a vague layout of the room they’re in, but there’s no live tracking of their progress once inside a building or structure. 

The incident premises may not be known to the service prior to the event, so fire crews often do not know the landscape they’ll face on entering. 

The Arwain digital localisation system will be easy and quick to deploy, and work at all locations, no matter the size or complexity of the layout.

A GROUND- BREAKING SAFETY BLANKET FOR FIREFIGHTERS

During a fire and rescue emergency, incident commanders need as much situational awareness as possible to keep crews and the public safe. Firefighters already carry a thermal imaging camera to detect heat signatures, which gives them a vague layout of the room they’re in, but there’s no live tracking of their progress once inside a building or structure. 

The incident premises may not be known to the service prior to the event, so fire crews often do not know the landscape they’ll face on entering. 

The Arwain digital localisation system will be easy and quick to deploy, and work at all locations, no matter the size or complexity of the layout.

The Challenge

The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) designed the GovTech Catalyst brief to address the key challenges faced by fire crews the world over. The solution needs to:

  • be instantly deployable at unfamiliar locations
  • operate on a self-contained mobile secure local network
  • provide real-time data about a firefighter’s horizontal and vertical location, including the room they’re in and the floor
  • allow seamless sharing across multiple agencies, using local and remote software platforms
  • present real-time data in 3D using augmented or holographic technology

The Challenge

The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) designed the GovTech Catalyst brief to address the key challenges faced by fire crews the world over. The solution needs to:

  • be instantly deployable at unfamiliar locations
  • operate on a self-contained mobile secure local network
  • provide real-time data about a firefighter’s horizontal and vertical location, including the room they’re in and the floor
  • allow seamless sharing across multiple agencies, using local and remote software platforms
  • present real-time data in 3D using augmented or holographic technology

ABOUT ARWAIN

ARWAIN is a collaboration of Greeve Systems, Oxon Tech and Dynium. The ARWAIN team beat over 45 entrants through to the final Phase Two of the GovTech Catalyst Challenge to develop a working prototype solution ready for production. 

ABOUT ARWAIN

ARWAIN is a collaboration of Greeve Systems, Oxon Tech and Dynium. The ARWAIN team beat over 45 entrants through to the final Phase Two of the GovTech Catalyst Challenge to develop a working prototype solution ready for production.

Greeve Systems

Greeve’s agile team is highly experienced in developing bespoke rugged tech solutions for harsh conditions, including equipment longevity, and data collection for monitoring, safety and review. Based in Powys, Greeve also know first-hand the technological challenges the Welsh landscape and coastline can present.

Oxon Tech

 

Oxon Tech offers enterprise-level consulting, IT infrastructure and support services. Specialists in eliminating IT issues before they cause expensive down-time, they are experts in AR/VR for network and data visualisation. Oxon Tech’s Chris Murray is the Arwain project lead and point of contact.

Dynium Robot
 

Dynium is a specialist in advanced robotics in agriculture and remote locations. Their expertise lies in computer vision, image analysis, machine learning and analytics algorithms for developing autonomous  digital management systems. 

Greeve Systems

Greeve’s agile team is highly experienced in developing bespoke rugged tech solutions for harsh conditions, including equipment longevity, and data collection for monitoring, safety and review. Based in Powys, Greeve also know first-hand the technological challenges the Welsh landscape and coastline can present.

Oxon Tech

 

Oxon Tech offers enterprise-level consulting, IT infrastructure and support services. Specialists in eliminating IT issues before they cause expensive down-time, they are experts in AR/VR for network and data visualisation. Oxon Tech’s Chris Murray is the Arwain project lead and point of contact.

Dynium Robot
 

Dynium is a specialist in advanced robotics in agriculture and remote locations. Their expertise lies in computer vision, image analysis, machine learning and analytics algorithms for developing autonomous  digital management systems.