Using Sensors to Improve Emergency Response
With the development of high-end sensors, it has become possible to connect devices, buildings, clothing etc, thereby turning these devices into smart devices. This is quite beneficial for emergency response teams since they have more information at their disposal that makes their jobs much easier and safer. Few applications of IoT in SoS Devices and Emergency services are
IoT Helping Firefighters
There has been an improvement in their response time and quality of action due to advanced information that firefighters have access to thanks to sensors and databases providing real-time information on the spread of fire, number of occupants in building, fire site and different details such as building architecture. With new smart clothing, equipped with sensors, they are informed of the vital signs and temperature of firefighters in precarious firefighting situations. With this, they know in what situations to make a retreat from a firefighting situation.
IoT based solutions for Emergency calling
One of the most prominent cases of IoT enabled emergency response is IoT driven emergency calling. Here’s a case in example. A smoke detector installed in a remote location, say as a forest or an isolated facility, that could send an automated emergency call or show live video feed of the same could potentially save depending on the device, providing real-time video from the scene.
Personal SoS Devices - Sensor Based Wearable Tracking Devices
Detects Accidental Fall , Accident, Patient’s Status Monitoring, Elderly Health Etc .IoT based panic buttons and Fall detectors are very famous sensors based wearables. Generally used by people with restricted mobility, those with disabilities or bedridden elderlies, this device is worn around the wrist or the neck. As such people cannot reach out to a button, so this device uses accelerometers to detect the fall and immediately activate the emergency fall alert.
IoT Based Trackers For Your Children
These are small, fancy looking devices that you can put on your children to ensure their safety at all times.You can track them in real-time from any distance and with customized geofencing you can set up trusted places, like home or school, and you’re alerted when they leave or arrive at those places.
Losing your belongings such as keys, smartphones, wallets etc can be a very frustrating experience. IoT based tags are here to help you, especially if you are always in a rush and have this knack of losing things.
Home Security Using Sensors (Lpg, Smoke Detection Etc)
Apart from all of the above, there can be emergency when no one is present at your house. Gas leakage, accidental fire can cause a lot of harm to property. To help with that, houses and other commercial buildings are equipped with sensors to secure your home using IoT. When these sensors are triggered the owner and the appropriate authorities are alerted.
WORKING OF SOS DEVICES
The SoS device sends data in real-time, with very less latency and data at the right time can save a life. Such devices are very helpful and life-saving in the times of emergency. The user can send distress messages by a click of a button or some smart devices can auto-trigger with sensor signals. There are endless possibilities for the functionalities in an SoS device with different emergency scenarios.
PSIBORG TECHNOLOGIES SOS DEVICE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Psiborg technologies have the vision to serve society by bringing change in every aspect. As IoT has grown, various industries are taking advantage of its capabilities. Emergency responders are also taking advantage.
Across the world, IoT has been driving an increase in the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response systems, thereby saving countless lives and making our societies and habitats safer.
How is IoT useful in emergency services?
IoT is useful in emergency services such as police and law enforcement, relief and rescue, ambulance services etc.
How is IoT useful in disaster situations?
IoT enabled system consisting of sensors and trackers can help in detection of natural disasters such as landslides as well as rapid dissemination of warnings to public.
How does an IoT based remote building management system (BMS) help in remote disaster management?
With IoT, traditional building management systems can be fully automated. IoT grants the user complete control over a building’s lighting, space, security, and assets. The real-time data generated with IoT devices help bring actionable intelligence in the place of a ‘dumb’ building management system.
How can IoT help in personal safety/SoS situations?
IoT and Sensor Based Wearable Tracking Devices can detect accidents, accidental falls, patient/elderly health monitoring thereby issuing alerts to authorities.
What are good softwares for PCB designing ?
In fact, there is a very good number of PCB design softwares out there. Some serve a specific purpose, while rest are general PCB design softwares. Most of them are paid, while few are open source.
- Circuit Studio
- Cadence OrCAD
- Mentor Pads PowerPCB
- Autodesk Eagle
- Circuit Wizard
Out of them, the most popular is Altium. It has a free version to try out as well. The most compelling fact with Altium is it’s user interface. It is one of the most user-friendly PCB design softwares.
Altium is the first preference of most of the professionals. Apart from Altium, Autodesk eagle is an equally good software.
If we talk about free softwares, KiCAD is something which is used for simple designs as well as enterprise grade designs. However, KiCAD is not the most user friendly software. EasyEDA is a great choice, especially for simple designs and it has a huge database of libraries of components.
What are SOS Tracking devices?
SOS devices are connected devices that come handy in emergencies. Ideally, a wearable like a necklace,a bracelet or some compact and trendy looking device which is compact and handy.
SOS devices usually have a panic button that, when triggered, is capable of sending your location along with other details to your pre-defined contacts. The device is always connected irrespective of mobile signal strength, and can be lifesaving in case of emergency.
SOS devices are available in all sorts of shape, sizes and utility. Companies incorporate various alerting features like sending your location to your contacts, police helpline and even a high pitch siren to alert people around. Some SoS devices also have sensors to auto detect the situation and trigger the panic button all by itself. The situation might include physical attack, fire, accident etc. SOS devices are available for every age group, but ideally they are useful for children, women and elderly.
Technically, SOS devices have a micro-controller along with GSM, LTE, LTE- M, NBIoT etc for connectivity. There are devices available which use your phone’s connectivity and are connected to your phone using Bluetooth. But such devices can fail as most mobile applications can kill themselves in the background.
Some Standalone devices have direct satellite connectivity or network tower connectivity so that it is not dependent on mobile application for it’s working, and is always connected. It also has a GPS chip embedded inside it which is the most important point of having an SOS device so that real time location can be fetched when needed . It might include a siren and a couple of sensors to detect accidents, fire, etc. It comes in various shapes and sizes, commonly in necklaces, smartwatches, bracelets and even rings.
The main challenge in SOS devices is to program it in such a way that it does not trigger when not important. This can lead to unnecessary hassle to a lot of stakeholders.
How can IoT help in improving public safety?
IoT applications could bring greater situational awareness to first responders, improving the speed and efficacy of emergency response.