Shaping Smart City #3: AutoPi connected Fire, Rescue and Emergency vehicles - take actions to save time and efforts for rescue workers.
In the last few blogs, we have demonstrated the potential of the AutoPi to boost living experiences for citizens. There is no denying, it has a wide range of implementations that makes everyday life of citizens safer. So in this blog, we decided to introduce an approach that has gained interest, how Smart Cities can benefit from Autopi in emergency situations.
"Did you know that many hospitals all over the world have increased costs related to missing equipment and they purchase 15% to 20% extra equipment for efficient work flow?"
The greatest challenge of emergency services is that accidents or disasters cannot be predicted and the safety of citizens, who ultimately use the city, highly depends on the response of the emergency sector. Delay in response times could be the difference between life and death.
While manpower deployed during emergency situations can be trained, they must be provided with proper information and vital equipment in time to give a head start in cutting response time. That is why it is important to raise initiatives, which provide reliable information of dispatch supplies on board emergency vehicles. This ensures a quick and smooth functioning of emergency services.
What is IoT?
Internet of Things (IoT) solutions enable everyday objects to be connected and controlled through the internet. Implementing IoT in emergency situations can allow organizations to receive data-driven insights, tracking and organizing assets in a more efficient way and direct that into better decision making processes that would save precious time for rescue workers and leave them more time to focus on saving lives.
What is AutoPi?
AutoPi.io specializes in IoT hardware devices and extendable cloud solutions to securely connect vehicles to the internet, gain data and control over automotive usage. With the use of the AutoPi in the emergency sector, vehicles could be configured to carry out a number of tasks automatically, like ensuring that all the vital equipment is on board.
Expanding AutoPi with external sensors could also allow access to reliable data on how much water is on board, how much was used, how long an incident was attended for or even post event reports and other required data collection for specific rescue and emergency services.
Using AutoPi for Asset Tracking Solution
Among all branches, fire, rescue and healthcare services show the highest interests in the adoption of Asset Tracking Solutions, mostly because these sectors experience losses due to missing equipment and also well-planned and effective operations in these fields are much required. AutoPi Asset Tracking Solutions proposes immediate and sustainable assistance, where vehicles can cater significant tasks to make rescue and emergency operations safer, easier and more efficient.
In our case, ultra-low powered sensors should be attached and assigned to every vital equipment in each vehicle. This will give a detailed overview about the location and the temperature of the asset, or even measure the humidity. Sensor tags will connect to the AutoPi telematics unit via bluetooth and automatically report position details to monitor if the registered equipment is nearby.
It can also raise alerts if the device is not detected or show the last seen position of the asset, so quick actions can be performed. With AutoPi connected to the cloud, data can be uploaded and shared with external parties for further analysis.
Other blog posts for further reading
Using a Raspberry Pi Zero as an IoT platform for your car
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Switching from Raspberry Compute to Raspberry Zero
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