The BATTLEPAD is our solution to many of the needs of our selected user group – the Volunteer Fire Department of Neubiberg (special thanks to them for the amazing collaboration).
For everyday operations, firefighters depend on quick access to vital information like car blueprints, identifying hazardous materials and organizing units.
In the recent years, modern equipment like tablets were introduced to facilitate those tasks during the line of duty, without having to rely on comparably slow and bulky laptops or even fallback options like filing folders. However, due to their fragile nature they usually aren’t used on the forefront of operations.
With our concept, it is much more convenient to bring the desired information to the firefighters on the scene. Shock-absorbant, waterproof, heat resistant, with enhanced battery life, adherent on magnetic surfaces and usable in full protection gear with special glove extensions upgrade.
The BATTLEPAD is eager to face many unsafe environments.
Chaotic, loud and humorous we worked ourselves through the evaluation and design processes presented by Kalle Kormann-Philipson.
While analyzing our gathered User Data, we decided to enhance the tablets used by the firefighters of the Volunteer Fire Department during their operations. With our custom-designed tablet casing, the delicate devices are protected against water and humidity, heat, dust, chemicals and damage caused by physical force like pressure or falling.
In addition, we provide enhanced battery lifetime, an non-slip case structure and a multi-touch surface which can be operated while wearing heavy duty protection gloves.
We hope to provide a solution which helps firefighters to utilize the benefits of modern devices in their everyday work without having to worry about the hazardous environments harming their equipment. Information-gathering, communication between units and departments, as well as administrating the operation on the scene, is made significantly easier.
With firefighters being essentially for communities security and having quite a hard job to do, we quickly decided to concentrate our efforts in this Concept Development Workshop on Fire Departments.
For the User Research we chose the Volunteer Fire Department Neubiberg. Open minded contacts made it possible to gather information through several interviews. Furthermore we were granted access to the technical equipment and were able to document our experiences via voice-recording and photos.
Prearranging two different interview sheets gave us the opportunity to develop spontaneous questions to upcoming problems within the interviews.
Conclusive, the collected information gave as a useful overview of the workflows, the volunteers, the (un)-modern equipment and areas of potential improvement.