The main novelty of IRIS lies in how the tool has been designed, from a technological, user and business point of view.
Specialized for First Responders:
In many cases, First Responders get offered tools that are adapted from other industries to theirs. This makes them either too expensive or not well designed for an emergency environment. We offer a tool fully made for first responders, in direct collaboration with them to ensure its total usability.
Flexible and modular:
Many suppliers offer close platforms that only them can work on. We are building a totally standard system and willing to collaborate with every supplier to ensure First Responders get the best tools for their work. Our modular approach ensures IRIS will be able to evolve as our clients’ needs evolve in the future (more users, more sensors, and more functionalities).
The big players of the industry focus on large projects. We aim to serve every emergency service. Our business model enables less resourceful agencies to purchase this kind of technology (impossible before). We also offer modules to ensure more resourceful agencies can create a more customized and sophisticated platform.
Our analytics and machine learning modules will advice Incident Commanders on what to do next. A technology application without precedents for these users. In the future, IRIS will enable to transfer commander’s expertise between generations, eliminating the problem of replacing retired commanders. Also, IRIS will enable to share expertise between different emergency services. For example NY Fire Service can share their experience on high raise building fires with a rural fire service, facing a recently built skyscraper.
Emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. They can be caused by severe weather, infectious diseases, industrial accidents or spills, or by intentional acts. The very nature of an emergency is unpredictable and can change in scope and impact. When an emergency happens it can threaten public safety, the environment, property, the economy; critical infrastructure such as transportation and telecommunications; and the health of the public.
An emergency can also affect a person’s ability to access health care services and the health care system’s ability to respond to the situation. Responders are normally the first on the scene of an emergency, and range from police, fire, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), to community volunteers. As they work to bring the emergency under control, and save lives and property, they may expose themselves to potentially harmful conditions and contaminants. IRIS helps improve commanders’ situation awareness, reducing the risk of injuries or casualties among first responders. This means a direct improvement of workplace safety for them.