* Of the privileged few who received the new Google Glass wearable computer prototype this year, one was MutuaLink, a
The real-rime information the police were seeing on the screen was "very valuable, but so are your hands," he said.
When the company learned of
"You need your hands when you are delivering First Aid or putting out a fire, or dealing with a school shooting," he said.
The company spent a couple weeks learning how to use the system and linking it to its Interoperable Response and Preparedness Platform product, which allows any entity to join a communication network through the Internet no matter what kind of device they are using.
It brought Glass to a recent trade show where it let members of the first responder community see how it works.
In the demonstration, they linked to cameras in a school and displayed the video in real time on the Glass view screen, along with the building's blueprints.
In a mock command-and-control center, someone annotated the map by circling points of interest, or drawing arrows to tell the user which way to go. Those two applications, plus two-way voices were the only features MutuaLink has integrated onto the system so far.
Glass does come with a video camera, but there are many wearable cameras on the market already, so it was decided to put that off for the time being, Wengrovitz said. However, the ability for an incident commander to view what someone in a building is seeing, would be useful, he added.
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