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Iranian scientists win WT Innovation Word Cup

Source: ISNA

Two Iranian researchers in Canada's British Colombia University, Babak Shadgan and Behnam Molavi, have won 2012 WT Innovation Word Cup for designing a fire rescue helmet.

"Our plan was a small helmet for fire fighters. It is equipped with an advance new optical technology which makes it possible to continuously check the vital signs of the fire fighters and possibility of their poisoning with gas," Dr. Babak Shadgan, one of the winners, told ISNA.

The device is a non-invasive wireless system for continuous in-field monitoring of physiological variables including the tissue oxygenation, pulse rate (PR), breath rate (BR) and body temperature in real time, that is mounted inside the firefighter's helmets and is connected to an alarming system, will help firefighters and a central monitoring center to become aware of any critical condition including carbon monoxide poisoning, heart failure and extreme stress and physical exhaustion.

Equipped with a global positioning hardware (GPS), this system makes it also possible to detect the location of in-danger firefighters during active fire and overhaul operations in certain conditions.

The system processes the data and if the oxygen saturation drops below a threshold or PR and BR increases to critical levels, a warning signal goes on. In addition, data including oxygen saturation, PR, BR, temperature and position are transmitted to a remote control center, which collects data from all on-duty firefighters. The data for all firefighters engaged in an operation are displayed in real time on a computer in the control center. If a firefighter is poisoned or is immobilized, his/her location will be identified using an integrated GPS system in order to identify and rescue him/her.

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