Videoprototype: “BuddyGuard”

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BuddyGuard fills the existing gap that causes problems during communication and coordination between firemen and the respiratory control unit. These problems can lead to severe difficulties during operations or even cause fatal injuries.

Time and fluent communication are crucial for the success of every operation. BuddyGuard implements possibilities for instant feedback and constant data flow between the firemen on mission and the coordination unit. Via a portable, detachable response module which can be attached to every existing manometer, all important data like remaining oxygen or vital functions are measured and sent immediately to the control tablet.

Additionally the response module helps the firefighter to get accurate feedback about his current vital functions to raise self awareness and ease decision making processes.

An integrated automated alarm system helps both firemen and control unit to recognize dangerous situations, minimize risks and solve problems mentioned above.

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Concept: “BuddyGuard”

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In the past two days we have analyzed our interviews, we made an affinity diagram and structured our ideas, thought a lot, structured our ideas again and came up with a concept to improve and facilitate the communication between the fireman who is in charge of the respiratory monitoring and the fireman on mission.

Our solution is called ‘BuddyGuard‘ and is an attachment to the manometer. You just plug it in and it constantly sends your information (pulse, position, O2-pressure, time, temperature) to the respiratory-monitoring-fireman. The BuddyGuard gets its information from different kinds of sensors such as a GPS-chip, a heart-rate-monitor-watch, and directly from the oxygen tank.

Today we worked out a storyboard describing the basic use case in six frames. It shows how you can effectively relieve the radio traffic to ensure a better communication between every participant with just one simple additional device and increase safety.

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User research: “On Fire”

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Being a firefighter isn‘t an easy job. You have to wear heavy equipment and be quick in it, you need to know a great amount of things to not hurt yourself or others when you‘re on mission and always be prepared.

We spoke with a professional fireman, who gave us a perfect insight on the life of a fire department, how every area works, how the system of any emergency call works and also about the problems that exist.

The following two days we had a tour around the voluntary fire brigade of Puchheim and another tour around the voluntary brigade of Munich and learned even more. About the differences between professional and voluntary fire brigade for instance, but more importantly we saw all the equipment they have and had them explained to us. And as a surprise we experienced what happens when there is a fire and the beeper is switched off. Now even without having analyzed our interviews yet, we already have some ideas for something to help our brave saviors and to facilitate their hard work at least a little bit.