VR and AR have been around for decades, but recent technological advances render these tools invaluable to improving public safety operations. Researchers at NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division have developed virtual environments that measure the usability of first responder technologies in a safe, repeatable, and low-cost way, whether via a heads-up display (HUD), haptic feedback device, or audio cue. Companies can leverage this capability to facilitate rapid prototyping and development of new user interfaces for fire, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement. During this session, panelists from PSCR, gaming, and public safety will discuss the future of public safety user interfaces and how these capabilities are the foundation for a 5G use case.
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