DHS Funds Development of Navigation App for First Responders
Friday, March 05, 2021 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the release of the QuickRoute application aimed at helping first responders navigate to the scenes of emergencies.

First Responders face challenges when they are called to the scene of an incident. Seconds count, and routing provided by in-vehicle terminals or popular navigation apps may help them arrive fast but does not consider emergency vehicle-specific factors such as size and turning radius, road hazards or special road rules applicable to law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS). “First responders now have a commercially available navigational tool, which takes into consideration their emergency vehicle specifications,” said S&T Program Manager Kimberli Jones-Holt. “QuickRoute calculates the best way for the responders to get to an emergency scene fast and safely.”

S&T funded development of QuickRoute with Azimuth1 of McLean, Virginia. The effort, which began in March 2018, resulted in a routing app that understands the conditions and constraints emergency vehicle operators face and helps them to respond efficiently. The app addresses more challenges than a typical GPS application, including narrow lanes, inclement weather, downed power lines, and other hazards.

The iOS version is now available in the Apple store.

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