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Augmented reality is the process of adding a 3D computer-generated image onto a view of the real world, and does not require any kind of glasses or goggles, while virtual reality requires glasses or goggles, and removes the user from the real world.
Augmented reality provides an opportunity to engage children by turning study time into AR edutainment experiences. FirstLine specifically refers to learning preparedness principles as a “mind-boggling” experience.
As the children see the 3D images appear before their eyes, there is also an element of surprise. “When you’re surprised about something, you remember it, It goes into your long-term memory. Children are able to learn about individual and family readiness concepts in a variety of ways because augmented reality uses multiple modalities.
Children see images, hear sounds, interact and speak, they experience emotional imagery, and AR technology can be applied for cross-curricular activities.
Learning through different modalities creates unique pathways in the brain, which helps with recalling information.
With higher levels of engagement, augmented reality can also help with behavior management while improving a child's attention span.
As a child fills in a cartoon character on the page, the app—making use of the camera on a smartphone or tablet—scans the colors and patterns they create to fill in a 3-D animated model of that same character within the app.
Since a drawing is 2-D, the algorithm can also intelligently extrapolate patterns and color to parts of the 3-D model otherwise unrepresented in the drawing—for example, by coloring an elephant’s back the same color as its front.
Obviously, some children may need help here as the augmented reality part relies on holding a Smartphone or tablet near the page. But it’s a creative solution to integrating virtual media into a printed format that has the power to change printed materials into AR experiences.
This is not about the world of technology. It is about the world of the child, where anything can come to life, no matter the tools and medium used.
Now the coloring book morphs into a virtual playground where actions become 3 dimensional.
FirstLine over the past decade began building an innovative multi-platform preparedness messaging app. An app consisting of the latest technological developments to help civil protection, first-responders, as well as enabling citizenry to cope with disastrous events more efficiently.
During a disaster, data is coming from multiple sources – emergency workers on the ground, citizens, satellite climate services – all trying to provide information in real time. FirstLine' multi-level app platform is a must have tool mitigating disaster scenarios. A tool making all mobile geo-referencing devices a game changer.
FirstLine’s AR preparedness messaging concepts articulate visualizations that translate universally to businesses, individuals, and families. Once the AR messaging process interlinks into product culture labeling, there is an immediate connectedness to a preexisting product network (times millions).
A network with endless possibilities for interactive and participatory AR experiences designed to convert app users into “Preparedness Pals.”
FirstLine follows the principles of disaster mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. However, today the disturbing reality about public sector organizations is that they have completely failed to recognize that,
“Everyone is a First Responder.”
Preparedness only occurs when citizenry is ready and willing to receive qualified preparedness information and training.
AR is the new interface between humans and machines. Larger groups of people every day become more familiar with AR entertainment applications, such as Snapchat filters, but AR is destined for a higher purpose in the world of crisis communications.
Though there is a significant advancement in disaster management, there is always some expectation in demand for AR to improve its growth and benefits. In such cases, analysts predict that setting up the 5G network and increasing the awareness of AR’s services will drive its transition to the next level.
Most curiously, first responders expect to raise the adoption of this technology in governments and enterprises as they would clearly comprehend the benefits of augmented reality in emergency management, disaster preparedness, and real-time overlay information.
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disaster could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar
and easy to find.
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 10 days. A disaster kit is a collection of basic and critical medical items your household may need to shelter in place in the event of an emergency.
During an emergency, it’s important to have multiple ways to stay informed in constantly changing disaster circumstances. One important way to alert first in teams about emergency medical needs is with FirstLine' visual communications app.
Get The App - In the aftermath of a disastrous event the entire community is in immediate need to communicate. Each effected region represents a diverse audience that will seek information that is imperative to them.
Emergency Managers across the country unanimously agree that the theme
“Everyone Is a F.I.R.S.T. Responder and Get the App” can do in months what
the public-sector couldn’t do in the past 75 years.
FirstLine understands the challenges Emergency Managers face when trying to deliver information to their constituents. These challenges include apathy and keeping relevancy among the citizens and stakeholders of the Emergency Management agency. The FirstLine app helps with both challenges.
Challenge of Apathy
Apathy among citizens and Emergency Management stakeholders is an ongoing challenge. If an area has not been affected by a large-scale emergency or disaster for a period of time, people have a tendency to let their guard down, forget what they’ve been told, or just figure “it doesn’t happen here.”
In the case of transient communities, there may be large segments of the population that have never experienced a large-scale emergency or disaster, and therefore are further lulled into the false preconception that the community is immune from such events. We all know that there is no such place that is immune. Whether it be hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, fires, hazardous material events, or pandemic flu – there is no immunity from all hazards.
The FirstLine App helps the local government keep the citizens and Emergency Management stakeholders engaged through an interactive platform that enhances preparedness and emergency planning, as well as communication and coordination.
Challenge of Relevance
Since the origins of Civil Defense and Emergency Management, Emergency Managers have consistently sought to reach their constituents through never-ending public education efforts. Oftentimes, this involved the distribution of a tangible medium, such as a brochure or a pamphlet. However, with the rise of the information age and the increasing use of technology, many citizens now get their information from electronic sources, such as websites or apps.
Emergency Managers increasingly find themselves attempting to provide information via print materials, only to either find a lack of interest in the material, or to simply see it thrown away without it being read. Print materials are not only costly to have produced, but they also are losing relevancy in the electronic age that we currently find ourselves in.
To meet the needs of citizens in the electronic age, many governments, including their Emergency Managers, have turned to posting information on websites and social media outlets. While this is certainly progressive, these websites often involve one-way communication and are “flat” as far as engaging constituents.
While they provide information, they often do not allow for interaction or engagement of the users. The FirstLine app fills this gap by integrating Augmented Reality (AR) to bring the “wow” factor to an app that encourages participation and engagement from the citizens being served. This two-way interaction allows for better communication and coordination, thereby allowing citizens to be engaged in being part of the solution in being a survivor (and not a victim), who has a plan and is engaged and armed with the tool of information following a large emergency or disaster.