FIR.S is an autonomous analysis robot especially developed for fires in high-rise buildings and industrial facilities. His job is to take care an increased evacuation efficiency, to locate shocked people and to identify and rank the risk-level of the affected area. For the use in skyscrapers he is installed in the firemen's lift.
The firmen's lift is mostly installed in the opposite direction of the evacuation lane. In case of an alarm the lift will be send up into the identified floor and intermits the robot into the level. His first job is to make sure if the alert was caused by a nonsignificant matter (like cigarette smoke) or a factual fire source - the robot passes his evaluation forward to initiate further steps and to alarm the fire brigade.
The robot has stored floormaps in his database - new and unknown modifications become captured by his HD- / IR-camera and the integrated 3D-scanner. He scans the floor for abnormal temperatures and sources of fire, for unspicious ingredients in the gas consistency and for nonsentinent and needy people. The data is logged and captured in a cartograpic view with auxiliary HD- and IR-information and will be passed forward to the firemen in their trucks.
In germany the fire brigade is committed to arrive at the fireplace within 10 minutes (after 13 minutes affected people will have fallen into unconsciousness / after 17 minutes a life-saving evacuation will not be successful anymore). At least after 10 minutes the fire truck arrives at the building - there are 3 or at the most 7 minutes left to rescue shocked people.
So our very first intent was to raise the efficiency of the evacuation by sending out firemen with a highly specific and targeted goal. In the second we saw a chance for a better postprocessing of the whole rescue service operation in order to fit the requirements of global insurance enterprises.
Collaboration with Raphael Krug.