It’s well known that when firefighters go into a burning building they’re usually not sure what they’re going to find in terms of structure, stairwells, locked doors, combustible materials and chemicals. Students at Ohio University have developed a 3-D mapping project called the Immersive Video Imaging Network (IVIN) that goes a long way toward addressing the problem.
Armed with homeland security grants totaling $950,000 a group of Scripps College of Communication students meticulously photographed the interiors of 10 buildings chosen by local homeland security officials as having political, private-sector or utility significance or are heavily populated.
What resulted in IVIN is a software program that could allow first responders to view from a police cruiser or fire truck using a cell card or other wireless technology, a virtual, 3-D blueprint of the inside of the buildings in and a database of critical information, such as which doors remain locked, what chemicals are present, what construction materials were used and where people are located throughout the building.
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