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I-Garment for Firefighters and Rescuers

 - Oct 30, 2007
References: & gizmag
Made of hi-tech protective material, and wired with an array of sensors, GPS and communications electronics, the I-Garment is designed to be as comfortable as it is advanced. It wirelessly communicates the sensor information and location of the wearer in real-time to a communication hub.

"Perhaps the most critical tool in the face of disasters such as major fires is the ability to maintain communications â€" but the very nature of these events means that terrestrial systems are often an early casualty (through either overloading of the system or destruction of infrastructure), in turn exposing emergency personnel to an even greater level of danger," according to Gizmag. "The I-GARMENT project is addressing this issue through the development of a full-bodied “smart suit” that combines protective materials with a suite of sensors that monitor position and vital signals and wirelessly transmit the data back to base."

"Developed by yDreams for the the European Space Agency (ESA), the I-Garment fire suit is designed for firefighters and others involved in civil protection where lack of communication is a major risk when responding to fires, floods, car accidents, and other disasters."