Agility is excited to announce the addition of LN Curtis & Sons as our first exclusive authorized dealer for the Western US.
Curtis – Tools for Heroes have been providing safe, reliable and effective fire rescue tools for first responders since 1929. LN Curtis will oversee, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.
The Agility team are very excited to have LN Curtis as a partner and encourage all departments to call or email them for a in-person or virtual demonstration of the #FirstLook360 camera system today. See how new image technology puts the “Tech” back in Technical Rescue.
LN Curtis & Sons – Tools For Heros P: 877.488.0469 E: customerservice@LNCurtis.com W. www.LNCURTIS.com
The Agility team is excited to announce the addition of Georgia Fire & Rescue Supply as our first exclusive authorized dealer for the state of Georgia.
Founded by J.T. and Barbara Whidby, Georgia Fire & Rescue Supply have been providing Georgia’s Fire, Police and EMS markets with the highest quality goods and services since 2003.
The Agility team are very excited to have Georgia Fire & Rescue Supply as a partner and encourage all departments to call or email them for a in-person or virtual demonstration of the #FirstLook360 camera system today. See how new image technology puts the “Tech” back in Technical Rescue.
Georgia Fire and Rescue Supply P: (770) 479-5495 | (866) 479-5495 E: email@example.com W. www.georgiafirerescue.com
When search and rescue cameras were first introduced in the early 1990s, they changed the way technical search specialists conducted operations in collapsed structures. It gave them the ability to view void spaces that were otherwise inaccessible. Since that time, image technology has moved forward by leaps and bounds, but search and rescue camera development over the same period appears to have stalled. Current technical search cameras contain an image sensor mounted in a housing that allows it to move left or right via a series of small servo motors attached to fine-pitch gears, drives, or pulleys. Simply place the camera into a void space and move the camera left and right, then, turn the camera body 90° so that the camera head is positioned to move up or down, and view the rest of the space. These movements require a certain amount of space within the void and in some cases, there’s just not enough room to manoeuvre the camera head in this way. The mechanics of the camera head has its drawbacks as well, and anyone who uses them regularly will tell you that the mechanical head is prone to breakage, expensive repairs and potentially lengthy periods where the equipment is out of service.
For the last few years, the development team at Agility Technologies has been hard at work engineering the next-generation urban search and rescue camera, a camera that is mobile integrated, contains no moving parts, is multipurpose and, incredibly important, reduces search times. This intensive effort has brought forward a multitude of technological advances in the miniaturization of electronics and the creation of proprietary software and firmware to create FirstLook360 (FL360). Its unique optical configuration provides a live streaming 360° spherical view that is controlled on a tablet running the FL360 app, which is the control centre of the system. The camera incorporates two-way audio communication, adjustable 360° on- board lighting, wired or wireless operation, live stream or still frame recording, time/ date/GPS location, mobile connectivity all built into a custom-moulded IP68 housing. The entire search is done by simply swiping one’s finger on the screen of the tablet to view the space.
Technically speaking, the images that the FL360 camera streams are an inner- sphere panorama view. To explain this, simply imagine taking pictures from the front, back, up, down left and right sides simultaneously then stitching them all together to cover the inside of a hollow globe. The viewer is then positioned in the centre of the globe and no matter where that person looks, the view would be represented like the inside of a hollow sphere. Now, substitute the person in the globe with the FL360 camera. Live images are transmitted wirelessly or wired to a tablet screen and by simply swiping left, right, up, down and/or using the pinch to zoom gestures you can look anywhere inside the space.
360° spherical imaging is a profound departure from what rescuers are accustomed to. Capturing not only what is in front of the person taking the picture but also the image of what surrounds them. This captures a fully immersive high-resolution image of a particular event at a given point in time. A single image recording can catalogue not only a snapshot of an object but also the interactive context in which it is situated. Observers of a recording after the fact can not only see what the operator is focused on but can also share in the experience of looking around at the surroundings or activities as if they were physically there. In operations following natural or man-made disasters – earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes and bombings, time is a precious commodity for those who are trapped. The ability to see the entire space in seconds allows rescuers to search faster and more precisely. On-screen indicators built into the app give search specialists their viewing location which is incredibly important when instructing rescue personnel how to extricate the victim. Wireless streaming to the tablet, recorded images and recorded 360° video also allow rescuers to involve disaster experts such as doctors, medics and structural engineers for greater collaboration and cooperation.
Unlike technical search cameras built specifically for a single purpose, the FL360 was designed and engineered to maximize value and operate in multiple operational areas including USAR, hazmat, confined space, trench, high-angle, vehicle extrication, situational awareness, investigations and inspections. The sharing of information and addressing complex coordinated rescue missions make it a perfect tool for global rescue teams including all INSARAG-classified USAR teams.
Virtually every sector of today’s world is on the move toward a mobile integrated, interoperable connected communication infrastructure and it is happening quickly. So why is the rescue sector, arguably the sector that could benefit most from new capabilities, lagging behind when it comes to new tech search equipment? With the addition of 360° spherical imaging and the FL360 search and rescue camera the rescue community now has an entirely new life-saving technology, one that puts the ‘Tech’ back in Technical Rescue.
For more information or a virtual live demonstration, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us call at +1 604.259.1579.
The Agility team is excited to announce the addition of Solid Responder LLC as our first exclusive authorized dealer for the state of Florida.
Solid Responder is the brain child of Joe Hernandez from Disaster Medical Solutions who has served as the DHS/FEMA national coordinator and lead instructor for the US&R Medical Team Training Program and lead SME for current curriculum development at FEMA. Solid Responder provide equipment designed, developed, tested and proven to enhance the ability for #rescue#responders to succeed.
We’re excited to have Solid Responder on board supporting the sales and marketing of our FirstLook360 camera systems for USAR, Technical Rescue and Medical Special Operations in the state.
Call or email for a in-person or virtual demonstration of the FirstLook360 camera system today.
Solid Responder P: 239-282-6992 E: email@example.com W. www.solidresponder.com
The Agility team is excited to announce the addition of Apollo Fire Equipment & Apparatus Repair as our first exclusive authorized dealer for the state of Michigan.
Apollo Fire Equipment has provided Michigan fire departments with the highest quality firefighting and rescue equipment for more than 50 years and we’re thrilled to have Apollo on board supporting the sales and marketing of our FirstLook360 camera systems for Michigan fire rescue and emergency personnel.
Call or email for a in-person or virtual demonstration of the FirstLook360 camera system today.
This webinar focused on how 360° Spherical Camera technology enhances the way technical search is conducted and how it can truly be an asset for any Medical Rescue teams, small or medium size Technical Rescue Squads and/or any size Urban Search & Rescue teams (USAR). With wireless 360° imaging, a team can now assess the inaccessible, mark locations, and most importantly, search faster, safer and more accurately.
Main Presenter: Alan Jakobsen – North American Sales Manager – Agility Technologies
Guest Presenter: Joe Hernandez – CEO Disaster Medical Solutions / FEMA Medical Specialist & Instructor USAR Response System
Firehouse’s Peter Matthews talks with Alan Jakobsen, North America sales manager for Agility Technologies, about the FirstLook360 Rescue Camera.
Jakobsen shares how responders can use the high-tech search camera for a 360-degree view with audio. Jakobsen explains how the camera can be used on non-large-scale deployments as well, and shares footage of a recent rescue and the training search box that Agility Technologies uses to demonstrate the product during the pandemic.
Agility Technologies is proud to release the new Medic Rescue Kit (MRK). This kit is a direct result of input from the 2019 SUSAR/MSOC (State Urban Search and Rescue / Medical Special Operations) meeting in Wichita, Kansas. It became clear that the unique properties of the FL360 Camera could dramatically improve Medical Special Operations in assessing victims in inaccessible locations. The kit is constructed to be lightweight, portable, cost effective and accessorized to provide tools for Medical personnel with visual technology to treat victims and also provide rescue personnel the info to retrieve them from their confinement.
The MRK is a perfect search camera kit for EMT squads, Paramedic teams, small Technical Rescue teams, light USAR, Heavy Vehicle Extrication teams, and more.
Although the MRK is focused on improving Medical Special Operations, this kit is perfect for all small and medium size fire departments around the world as a search camera for all search applications.
If you’re interested in an online demonstration of the Medic Rescue Kit (MRK), please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at +1 604.259.1579, or visit our website at www.agilitycorp.com.
CONTACT: p. +1 604.259.1579 e. email@example.com w. www.agilitycorp.com
Today, the ATC team introduce a new 100ft/30m Electronically Enhanced Hardware Cable Accessory that will add additional capabilities to the FirstLook360 system. With the included Eyehook in the USAR1 kit and customer provided carabiner and rope, we can now extend the distance of the FL360 camera 100ft/30m without any wireless disruption in Wired Mode. Whether that’s a vertical ventilated confined space or a small horizontal tunnel, the search specialist can sit back and view the space safely and securely.
It is important to note that this hardwire accessory will only work on the current 10″ Samsung Active Pro, 10″ Samsung Tab A and 9.7″ Samsung S2* Tablets. A firmware update and whole new FL360 application will be introduced shortly that will allow the cable to work with 8″ Samsung Active 2 tablets as well. This one continuous length will further enhance the capabilities of the system and add another tool in the FirstLook360 toolbox. *USB-C to Micro USB adapter will have to be used for the 9.7″ Samsung S2 tablets.
Agility Technologies partners with Vogt-CTE to create Agility Technologies Europe
Richmond, BC – Dec.10th, 2019 – Agility Technologies Corporation (ATC) manufacturer of FirstLook360, the world’s first wireless 360° spherical rescue search camera, announced that the company has partnered with Vogt-CTE to establish operations in Europe. It is our goal to better serve our growing number of European based users and dealer partners. By establishing a local presence, ATC Europe will help to minimize delivery times, decrease shipping costs, and provide sales and service in local time zones.
“Our expansion into Europe marks a milestone moment in the growth of ATC and for FirstLook360’s adoption by European based emergency services,” said ATC Chief Marketing Officer, Matt Fiddes. “ATC Europe will allow us to forge new relationships and continue to build our brand in the European rescue community.”
The two founders of Vogt-CTE, Jürg Vogt and Marc Hersberger have over 30 years of experience in the Urban Search and Rescue, Military, Border Guard, Police and Fire Rescue markets. In addition to the provided sales and after-sales service, Vogt-CTE will offer local training support for our growing European dealer network and end user customers. “We are very proud to include FirstLook360 as another innovative product in our portfolio,” said Jürg Vogt, Sales Director. Marc Hersberger, COO adds: “We are convinced that the unique selling propositions of the FL360, the future-oriented thinking of our Canadian partner ATC, and the market knowledge of our European country representatives can create a sustainable basis for the continuing success of our first responders. We look forward to developing synergies and creating real value for our highly respected customers.”
ATC Europe will be headquartered in Steffisburg, Switzerland, with an additional facility in Germany. Both locations will provide logistics to customers in the European Union and non-EU countries. The expansion will be led by Marc Hersberger (Vogt-CTE) and Matt Fiddes (ATC).
June 10th, 2019, Richmond, BC – Agility Technologies is proud to announce and welcome Alan Jakobsen as our new Sales Manager. Alan will be responsible for expanding sales domestically and internationally, assist in marketing endeavors and oversee sales management activities.
Alan isn’t new to the Fire Rescue market spending a considerable number of years with CON-SPACE Communications and his experience, knowledge and hands-on approach to sales will be instrumental in expanding our business.
Andy and Matt, Co-Founders of Agility, have had the privilege of working with Alan at CON-SPACE Communications for many years and are excited to be working alongside him once again.
Help us in welcoming Alan by reaching out to him. He can be contacted using the following information:
Agility Technologies Corporation
is proud to announce that the revolutionary FirstLook360 (FL360) rescue camera
has been included on the 2019 FEMA USAR Equipment Cache List. Starting today,
any FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team’s can purchase the
FirstLook360 (FL360) camera system as part of their approved equipment cache.
The FL360 system was designed specifically for Technical Search Specialists,
Canine Operators and Medical Specialists allowing them new 360° spherical
imaging technology, wireless/wired capabilities and mobile integration.
contains no mechanical articulated
camera head a common point of failure with existing search and rescue
cameras. The FL360 streams real-time
video and two-way audio ’s via its proprietary application. It is capable of
mobile integration via FirstNet or other LTE networks. A user can record 360°
spherical video, take snapshots, transmit and receive two-way audio via the
robust, multi-use camera head. Using the provided tablet, the rescuer is able
to view an entire space by using a finger with swipe gestures on the tablet or
with the app’s virtual joystick feature to control the focus area.
system is listed under the Technical Search Equipment Section on the
2019 FEMA Cache – Item Number – TF-0131.00
Andy Ibbetson, Co-Founder and Director of Product
Development at ATC, commented, “being included
on the FEMA USAR the equipment cache list is a great honour. For our team this represents a validation of
the hard work that has gone into the development and testing of the
revolutionary FirstLook360. I would be
remiss not to recognize the hard work performed by the Task Force Team Leaders
who put the camera forward for inclusion on the list. Agility’s goal was to put
“Tech” back into Technical Rescue and this is a big step forward in achieving
About Agility Technologies:
Agility Technologies Corporation engineer best-in-class imaging and
communications products for emergency, military and industrial professionals
working in hazardous environments.
Agility Technologies is excited to announce the launch of the Reach and Rescue Long Reach Telescopic Rescue Pole
Adapter the FirstLook360 Spherical Vision Camera.
Reach and Rescue based in the UK (www.reachandrescue.com) are leading the charge in extended reach capabilities in the Emergency Services. Their equipment is fast becoming standard equipment on vehicles around the world. The FirstLook360 camera can operate both wired or wirelessly and has an attachment provision for a tripod or extendable pole so rather than starting from scratch, it made a great deal of sense to work together and develop an adapter that would allow FL360 to be used with a Reach and Rescue telescoping pole. For our customers this approach will result in saving time, saving money and saving space on a rescue vehicle.
In addition, this cross over capability give rescuers one more tool in the toolbox to adapt improvise and overcome
obstacles with a goal of improving outcomes. Reach and Rescue poles are available in lengths up to 17M (55 ft) giving
rescuers easy access to upper floor windows, visuals of roof layouts or probe deeply into shaft, cave and/or well.
“We are ecstatic to work with Jo, Sean and the team at Reach and Rescue. Rescuers will certainly experience the
benefits of this collaboration, “said Andy Ibbetson, Director of Product Development at Agility Technologies.
For more information on the new adapter and Reach and Rescue’s Long Reach Rescue Pole, please contact us using the the information below.
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