When a fire truck is responding to a fire call, seconds count. Details about the incident are sometimes incomplete – they may just be ‘fire at’ and the address.
When arriving on the scene, firefighters will be looking out for the closest hydrant to the fire. Because hydrants are often widely spaced out,the closest one is often not found and extra lengths of hose will be needed – and more time will be wasted.
Hydrants should be identified by blue cats-eyes on the road, but these are sometimes missing. The hydrant may also be buried or concealed by vegetation.
The Smart Hydrants app allows the firefighters to type in the address of the incident while on the way to a fire, then it will show them the location of the truck, the incident and nearest hydrants on a map
This allows the truck to be parked in the best position for the incident, saving precious seconds. If a second hydrant is required because the first is damaged, or the fire is large, another can be easily found.
The data so far loaded is suitable for the cellular network, though additional applications would use sensors and the LoRaWAN network.The Smart Hydrants app received the IoT Award for Service Innovation at the Service Science Society of Australia awards.