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Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:46

Can Google Glass Help First Responders?

Robocop may not be real, but his efficiency is something worth aspiring to. Through the use of Google Glass, communications vendor Mutualink may soon give public safety and military personnel a chance to capture some of the half-robot, half-man’s technological capabilities. Showcased from Aug. 18 to 21 at the annual Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference in Anaheim, Calif., Mutualink demonstrated how Google Glass could serve real-time information, hands-free, to public safety officials using its interoperability communications platform.

Mutualink provides public safety and military organizations with the ability to share all kinds of data despite mismatched hardware or software. During its demonstration at APCO, hundreds of fusion centers, schools, hospitals, utility plants and operation centers were connected, able to share video, voice and data ad-hoc. That, said Vice President of Innovation Michael Wengrovitz, is the basic capability already offered by the company. Google Glass, about to enter the consumer market, will provide a new avenue for delivery of Mutualink's services, Wengrovitz explained.