New info system for first responders

Feb. 6, 2012 at 3:18 PM

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a contracted technology systems integrator for Phase II development of a helmet display for first responders.

Physical Optics Corp. of California said the Small Business Innovation Research contract is for two years to continue its earlier work on the Helmet Embedded Conformal Augmented Display in collaboration with Homeland Security's Security Science Technology Directorate.

HECAD integrates see-through micro-displays, low-profile waveguard optics and sensors to give emergency personnel better situational awareness.

In the first phase of development system Physical Optics designed a low-power helmet display that featured long-wave infrared sensor data, support electronics and software for the system, all integrated into a helmet mask.

Phase II is for continued development of prototypes as well as testing in field environments to evaluate functionality and ease of use.

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