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Our Solution using Augmented Reality

to increase Communication and decrease Equipment

We put the walkie talkie in the mask

so the team can communicate long distances.

The chief can see each member of the crew and their energy level with real-time information and if one team member is using too much energy and becomes a health risk to the rescue.

And incorporated the power of data to give firefighters an extra edge.

By using Savannah Area Geographic Information System (SAGIS) provides access to geospatial data on a standardized and accessible platform. Through it, we are able to access all kinds of data on the houses in our local city. These resources help eliminate the lack of building floor plans and going in blind.


FINAV Senior Capstone Project -

Fire Management System


The FINAV Fire Management System helps firefighters efficiently navigate buildings during a fire, especially in low visibility situations. By extending human vision and navigation capabilities, we will increase their efficiency while giving them peace of mind in these extraordinary situations.


Understanding the Problem

I gathered and organized data about firefighting rescue. The purpose was to get a better understanding of the struggles and challenges that Firefighters go through on a daily basis. Below are four of the key insights that helped drive this project.


Setting the scene

Firefighters in a burning building go in blind, and it's nothing like the movies. The smoke blocks out all of the light, and the team does not know where doors are, stairs start, and if anything is blocking their path while they try to save people. We interviewed a team of local firefighters located in Savannah, GA

Hazardous Homes

Many house fires are in homes where people hoard many items, medical needles are scattered, and other unhealthy contaminants are burning.


Dylan Jackson - UX Designer

Sherry Wu- UX Designer

Chris Bailey - UX Designer



Research, User Interview, Competitive Analysis



Adobe Creative Suite (Visuals), Sketch (Wireframes & Prototypes)

The Problem

How might we facilitate the navigation of buildings efficiently, during a fire, especially in low visibility situations?

The Solution

Our goal is extend the capabilities of human vision, and navigation in a fire.


Poor Walkie-talkie reception

Walkie-talkies commonly fail in attics and basements, and firefighters resort to shouting between floors.

Firefighters in the local Savannah Georgia Departments made it clear that the buildings can interfere with communication with talking with walkie talkies on the frequency of a basement or attic. when that event happens to the firefighters they have to start shouting in-between rooms and multiple floors "All Clear!"



Firefighters get the call from the fire house and have 2 minutes to get ready while the captain starts to navigate the building. Firefighters are on a tight time crunch getting to the scene within 4 minutes. The firefighters use a laptop that is use to navigate the location of the fire. the firefighters always go with the mission as if its their first day on the job and never have any expectation.


Infrared Blockages & not puncture-proof suits

Infrared scanners don't always pick up a massive fire around the corner, especially if there is a cinder cement wall.


The fireman's suits are not puncture-proof, and a requirement of the job is crawling through the building, carefully looking through debris and cloth-like material.



Using state of the art digital communication methods ensures

higher fidelity audio transmission and one-on-one for individualized

communication. A wireless communication hub lives on the firetruck

boosting the strength of the digital communication throughout the

scene of the fire ensuring that there are no disconnects.



During a fire speed is of the essence, giving our firefighters clear and

concise mapping and navigation will allow them to get to the fire

much faster while giving them the tools to assess and plan on the

fly. Utilizing modern GPS and mapping software along with publicly

available housing data, we are able to provide firefighters with a

greater sense of their surroundings.



In the midst of an intense situation, it is the duty of the firefighter

chief to help coordinate the firefighting team. Our system gives the

Chief full access to the teams’ thermal feeds, locations within the

house and their vitals. This gives the chief a higher level of situational

awareness and the tools to reduce missteps that could shorten the

window of operability.



Based on the research found in the discovery period of the project, three personas were developed.

Persona 1: Bill the firefighter chief

Persona 2: Scott the firefighter

Persona 3: Renee the civilian in the fire

Designing for Bill and Scott was the best ideal situation in making informed design decisions for the best case scenario.


Building Empathy

Using information from the personas, Journey map was then created for Bill the firefighter Chief and Scott the firefighter. Both Journey maps reflect the individuals thoughts, feelings, behaviors, etc. All of which gave me a deeper insight into both users, thus allowing me to design purposefully.

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