When search and rescue cameras were introduced in the early 1990’s they changed the way technical search specialists conducted operations in collapsed structures. Since that time, technology has moved forward by leaps and bounds but search camera development over the same period appears to have stalled. Current technical search cameras contain an image sensor mounted in a housing that requires it to move left or right via a series of small servo motors attached to fine pitch gears, drives or pulley’s. The camera body is then turned 90 degrees so that the head moves up or down to provide a view of the rest of the space. The mechanical movement of the camera head has its drawbacks 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. (more…)
Agility Technologies is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with SAKURA Rubber Company in JAPAN. SAKURA will oversee representation and distribution of FirstLook360 exclusively in the country of JAPAN. If you’re interested in a demonstration of the FL360 system, please contact them today. #FL360 #techrescue #USAR #sar #searchcamera #japanrescue
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Advancing Technical Rescue
Agility Technologies is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Vimpex in the UK. VimpexRescue will oversee representation of the FirstLook360 camera in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. If you’re interested in a demonstration of FL360 system, please contact them today. #FL360 #techrescue #USAR #sar #searchcamera
Agility Technologies is pleased to announce a new distribution partnership with Fire Rescue Safety Australia (FRSA). FRSA will oversee exclusive representation of the FirstLook360 camera in Australia, New Zealand and all areas covering the Oceania region. If you’re interested in a demonstration of FL360 system, please contact them today (see contact information below).
National PH – 1300 4 RESCUE (1300 4 737283)
360° Illumination on the FirstLook360 camera allows an operator to light up an entire space up to 20ft and see that entire space in seconds. Lighting in a Search has never been so good. New tech vs. old tech……update your rescue team with the ultimate rescue tool. Contact us today to schedule a demonstration.
The testing and research team at the Agility Bat Lab are proud to meet their goal of providing FirstLook360 with a IP68 designation. Using the provided Environmental Battery Lid, FL360 is protected from total dust ingress and water immersion up to 3 meters for 30 minutes. Whether you’re using the camera in extreme dirt and dust conditions or happen to be searching in a monsoon, you can always count on FirstLook360.
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The explosion of mobile technology in every area of our society is all around us. New ways to order taxi cabs, pay for meals, interact with appliances, and communicate with friends using our mobile devices have come out at record pace. These technologies seem to automagically appear on our devices. However, even with all these advances, many rescue professionals must make do with antiquated equipment. That said, rapid changes are coming; FirstNet in the United States and Tetra/GSM in Europe will take interoperability to the next level. What these systems lack are the integrated job specific accessories that take them beyond simple handheld communication devices and make them central to a rescue effort.
Agility Technologies Corporation (ATC), was started with the ambitious mission to harness new technologies and develop products for Rescue professionals. In short, we wanted to put the “Tech” back in Technical Rescue. ATC founders’ combined 30+ years of experience designing and manufacturing practical and reliable rescue equipment, joined with the technical abilities of a young focused team of innovative engineers, gave birth to FirstLook360 (FL360). FL360 is the first live streaming 360° technical search camera designed specifically for today’s technical rescue teams that will allow them to leverage the advantages of mobile connectivity and interoperability well into the future.
Those familiar with existing rescue cameras will notice right away that FL360 contains no moving parts. The design completely does away with the rubber bellows that cover a series of joints, motors, gears, pulleys or belts used to turn the camera head left or right. FL360 utilizes two ultra-wide angle lenses on either side of a sealed camera head to achieve a complete 360° visual experience without the need to move the head.
The brain of the FL360 is its onboard microprocessor loaded with ATC’s proprietary firmware that combines the video from both lenses together into a seamless single stream, allowing rescuers to view an entire space without having to move the camera. This video stream is viewable in real time via a wired or wireless connection on the provided tablet running the FL360 Android App. The app is the central hub which controls the many features of FL360. Because time is critical during any rescue mission, FL360 can save time by not having to wait for slow clockwork mechanisms to move the camera head, The image of an entire space is taken all at once. A rescuer now has multiple options on how best to conduct the void space search. The FL360 allows for an alternative approach where the 360 video recordings and still images can be shared over LTE, Wi-fi, emailed, or messaged to colleagues who may be thousands of miles away to conduct a precise search of the space. This capability allows a Rescue team in the field to leverage resources back at home. As all of the images include time, date and GPS data they can be integrated into mapping and incident command programs.
The FL360 user interface (UI/UX) has been optimized for visual search to be conducted by the rescuer in real time, simply probe the camera in any space and view anywhere within the space by swiping a finger across the screen or by using FL360’s virtual joystick feature to control the focus area. Views can be inspected in more detail by using pinch to zoom feature and for dark or low lit spaces the camera head incorporates 6 Super Bright LEDs with operator controllable brightness levels on the tablet.
FL360 Application Features:
|Spatial orientation and re-center control||Meridian line with forward pointer|
|Time, date and GPS location data||Low latency live streaming and/or recording|
|Spherical 360°still image capture||Real-time sharing of 360° videos and images (WiFi & LTE)|
|On board storage with removable SD card available up to 256G||Push-To-Talk controllable two-way audio|
|Onboard diagnostics||Multiple user preference settings|
|Purpose built and downloadable viewer||In app help screen overlays|
|VR capable using VR googles with viewer app (training)||Video and image map overlay|
FirstLook360 – ATC USAR Kit #1
|FL360 Rescue Camera w/Audio & Environmental Lids||FL360 Tethering Cable w/Connectors|
|FL360 Li-ion Protected Batteries (4)||Multi-Charger – Batteries/Tablet (w/Vehicle Charging Adapter)|
|FL360 Collapsible/Telescoping Camera Boom||Power Bank Battery w/Charging Cable (10,050 mAh)|
|FL360 Grip Handle w/Camera Support||FL360 Camera Boom Shoulder Sling|
|FL360 Rail Mount for Grip Handle||Tablet – 9.7” (Wi-Fi & LTE)|
|FL360 Behind Head Operator Headset||Tablet Holder – 9.7”|
|FL360 Smart Battery Holder||Tablet Holder Base w/1” Ball|
|FL360 Battery Compartment Tool – 4mm Hex||Tablet Adjustable Mounting Arm w/Double Socket|
|FL360 Boom Mount w/1” Ball||9.7” Silicone Tablet Protective Cover|
|FL360 Coiled Cable w/Connectors||SD Card Memory Expansion (64GB)|
|FL360 Hard Case w/ Custom Foam Interior||9.7” Screen Protection Film w/Anti Glare|
|CR123A Battery Adapter Tubes (2)|
Multi Use Tool
FirstLook360 is designed to be a complete multipurpose system. The idea is to put something in the hands of Rescuers that has additional capabilities far exceeding the single use victim location cameras currently available. In addition to its primary function as a survivor location camera following a building collapse, the portability and connectivity options allow the FL360 to be used for other operational uses;
Trench/Rope Rescue – FL360 can be hung from a high point, over an edge or above a trench to stream video images to a command truck, belay person or viewed on tablets or mobile devices.
Vehicle Extrication – FL360 could be used to look into the foot wells or crushed cabs of cars and trucks to ensure no person or object is in the way prior to cutting.
Fire Inspection/ Investigation – FL360 can be poked through T-Bar Ceilings or into attics to check that sprinklers are attached or used to record a full 360 view of a fire scene as visual evidence so nothing gets left out of the shot. In addition all audio notes are recorded with the video in real time with Time Date and GPS data for evidentiary purposes.
On-Scene Recording – FL360 can be set up on a pole or hung from a highpoint to record events during a fire. Its 360 capability allows it to record video in all directions for forensic review or training purposes.
Hazmat – FL360 can be taken an left in a contaminated area to wirelessly stream and record a 360° view of an event back to a command post in the safe zone. The IP67 rating makes it easy to clean and decontaminate for ongoing use.
The above list is by nature incomplete, the technology developed for the FL360 has many capabilities outside the rescue field for which it was initially designed. Applications for Law enforcement, Corrections, Border security and vehicle inspections have been identified by users who have seen the camera in action. In addition, a host of application “Future Software Features” is being compiled for the next application upgrade of the FL360 app.
We will be posting regular updates on the camera and its usage, so other teams in the field can learn and apply FL360 for their own use. Subscribe to our newsletter at www.agilitycorp.com, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 604-259-1579 to arrange a demonstration.
Written by Andy Ibbetson – Co-founder of Agility Technologies Corp.
Andy with his father Terry was one of the founding members of Con-Space Communications Ltd until it was taken over by a European group. As a volunteer Fire Fighter and a practical hands-on individual he was responsible for numerous product developments that have become standard equipment in thousands of brigades and departments across the globe. He is currently the Co-Founder, Partner and Director of Product Development at Agility Technologies Corporation located in British Columbia, Canada he can be reached at email@example.com.
FirstLook360 is the new kid on the block and we wanted to break down all that makes our camera so different from the current cameras in the market that have been around for years. Since the launch at FDIC this year, we get asked what makes FL360 different from the other guys. It’s the question we get asked the most and so we’ve decided to take the time to sift through publicly available information to build up a “Head to Head” comparison. In our opinion, FL360 is the most versatile technical rescue camera on the market today but we are quite obviously biased. So we throw it over to you, our potential customers, to decide based on facts. Quite simply……you be the judge.
If this still isn’t enough information to satisfy your thirst for knowledge, we have included links to each manufacturer’s camera within the document. If you want to contact us we can be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +1 604 259 1579 and send you a more detailed technical comparison or arrange a demonstration.
In this weeks blog post from the Agility Bat Lab, we make tribute to the original Batman, Adam West. He heralded the dawn of tech geeks and made us all want to be one. May you rest in peace sir.
Threaded Anchor Points – Why did we include threaded anchor points in the design of FL360?
Well first of all, the rear threaded anchor point was already designed into the housing of the camera so that it could provide a connection point for our collapsible/extendable boom pole. This allowed the camera to be extended into a void space much like traditional cameras in the market today. What we realized later was that we could use an eye bolt and/or hook attachment as well to allow the camera to be lowered into a vertical space using rope.
The second threaded anchor point was basically an after thought. We found out when we started testing in real life … the point of 360° means it doesn’t matter which way it is hung, so we included a threaded hole at the top of the camera’s arch. This is where the ingenuity of the rescue community kicked in. We received suggestions like making a screw in probe to move things out of the way within a void space, using a hook attachment to pull things out of a space. It was also suggested we could you use a flashlight attachment or a magnet if need be. Basically what we’ve created is a visual multipurpose tool.
One of the more unusual suggestions was to attach carabiners to the front and the back anchor points and have the camera slide down a cable like a “Bat Torpedo.” Yes, this was suggested and thinking about it more and more, it isn’t a bad idea. So with that all said, what would you use the threaded anchor points for? Please let us know at email@example.com
FirstLook360 showcased in International Fire Fighter Magazine. Check out the article on page 18 linked in the screen shot below.
Check out Andy’s article published in the online Access&Rescue magazine, pg. 19. Click on the picture below to take you to the magazine.
Richmond, BC, Canada., April 6, 2017
Agility Technologies Corporation (ATC) proudly announces FirstLook360 (FL360), an industry first live streaming 360° Technical Rescue Search Camera. FL360 captures seamless high definition streaming spherical panorama video with wired and wireless connectivity in a ruggedized IP67 housing that will fit through a standard 2.0” coring hole. FL360 contains no moving parts and the design does away with the rubber bellows that cover a series of joints, motors, gears, pulleys and/or belts used in today’s available rescue cameras. FL360 was engineered to increase battery life, decrease search times, and allow a multipurpose tool that can be used in various technical rescue applications including structural collapse, trench, high-angle, vehicle extrication and on-scene situational awareness.
With FL360’s accompanying Android app, a user can record 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 or with the app’s virtual joystick feature to control the focus area. FirstLook360 will be available as part of the ATC USAR Kit designed to replace aging, expensive, and mechanically weak articulating cameras originally developed for rescue use in the 1990’s.
ATC will be demonstrating FL360 at the Fire Department Instructors conference (FDIC) from April 25th-29th in the Spec Rescue International booth #3403. For more information, or to download a brochure, check out the website at www.firstlook360.com, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-259-1579.
Andy Ibbetson, one of the founders of ATC, commented that “We set out to put Tech back into Technical Rescue. FL360 combines advances in technology, imaging, connectivity, mobile integration, and mechanical design that will provide rescue professionals with a multi-purpose advanced camera that we believe will open the door to new methods to save time and improve outcomes. FL360 is an exciting beginning…check it out!”
About Agility Technologies:
Agility Technologies, located in Richmond, BC, Canada, engineer best-In-class imaging and communications products for emergency, military and industrial professionals working in hazardous environments.
We at Agility are incredibly excited to give you the Search & Rescue community a sneak peak into what we’ve been working on. Let me introduce FIRSTLOOK360, the First Wireless Streaming 360° Rescue Camera. Launching in early 2017, this will be the first camera of its kind offered to the technical rescue market and giant leap in technology in visual search. It was our goal with FL360 to utilize current consumer technology and mobile to make a product that was simple, modular, multi-purpose, and adaptable. Any rescuer experienced in the area of technical search can easily point out the weak areas of current visual search camera’s; they’re heavy, the mechanical articulation of the camera head is prone to damage, quick battery drain, configurations are static and the units are an expensive “one trick pony”. FL360 increases battery power, decreases search time, and allows a multipurpose tool that can be used in various technical rescue applications. (more…)