App Aids in Emergencies
Urgent care follows better directions.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has created a navigation app that addresses first responders’ vehicle requirements to help them find the best route to provide aid. The capability takes into consideration vehicle-specific factors such as size and turning radius, road hazards or special road rules applicable to law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services.
Until now, emergency personnel have had to rely on in-vehicle terminals or popular navigation apps to get to an incident scene. QuickRoute understands the conditions and constraints emergency vehicle operators face and helps them find the most efficient route. It addresses more challenges than a typical GPS application, including narrow lanes, inclement weather, downed power lines and other hazards. The directorate funded development of the capability with Azimuth1 LLC.
The iOS version is available in the Apple store. Currently, the civilian version is available free of charge. The developer must provide a special code for the version emergency service vehicles require, which is available at a monthly cost of approximately $10.
Azimuth is inviting agencies across the country to demonstrate QuickRoute, along with the emergency command center component dispatchers use to send destinations directly to individual users, who can respond using QuickRoute’s optimized vehicle routing protocols.