The Digital First Responder: NavVis technology improves emergency response time by up to 25%

January 18, 2017. Munich, Germany – NavVis, the global leader in indoor mapping, visualization, and navigation, announces the launch of the NavVis Emergency Response Pilot Project. This project utilizes NavVis's innovative indoor mapping platform to improve emergency response time. The first test took place this past weekend, with firefighters from the German cities of Stuttgart, Balingen, Heinstetten, Schörzingen, and Tieringen putting NavVis indoor mapping technology to the ultimate test.

The NavVis Emergency Response Pilot Project was first devised after the NavVis team scanned the production facilities of Interstuhl, the manufacturer of high-performance swivel chairs. Valentin Angst, as part of his research at the University of Kaiserslautern, found out about the Interstuhl digitization project and recognized a further use for NavVis technology. As a volunteer firefighter, he is well aware that while GPS technology has significantly improved the speed at which fire trucks can reach a location, no such equivalent exists for navigating indoor spaces in emergency situations. Angst approached NavVis with his idea that indoor digitization could provide a solution, and the NavVis Emergency Response Pilot Project was born.

As part of the pilot project, the NavVis M3 indoor mapping trolley was used to scan 50,000 square meters of Interstuhl office and production space. This data was then made accessible from any device through NavVis’ browser-based IndoorViewer software. In this case, the IndoorViewer was customized for emergency response navigation.

The results of this first test were astonishing – participating firefighters received no technical training prior to using NavVis technology but were still able to reduce the time it took to reach the location of the first alarm by up to 25% using a tablet to navigate a NavVis 3D indoor map, compared to navigating with the 2D floor plan typically used in fire and emergency situations.

Following this initial success, further tests are being planned. A detailed analysis of the preliminary results will be made public in the coming weeks.

Felix Reinshagen, CEO of NavVis, said:

“Applying digitization to improve efficiency is at the heart of what NavVis does. No one appreciates this more than First Responders - for them, every second really does count. The NavVis emergency response pilot project is an excellent example of how the digital era is improving every aspect of our lives. It is very important to NavVis that benefits of digital innovation are accessible to everyone – we are therefore especially pleased that firefighters were able to use our technology to decrease emergency response time without requiring any technical training. We look forward to the next phase of this pilot project.” 

Checkout the video of the first test here:


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