Innovations that make a difference

 Innovations that make a difference

SINGAPORE - 1. Unmanned Firefighting Machine (UFM) – deployed

The 2.4-tonne UFM is designed to deal with more difficult fires, such as those in warehouses and petrochemical plants or in underground tunnels. It is supposed to be like 10 officers tackling a fire at once.

Besides sending mist, water jets or foam up to four storeys high, it can act as a ventilation fan to clear smoke.

The remote-controlled unit can be operated from up to 300m away with a console, and a conventional fire hydrant can tap into swimming pools, reservoirs and other water bodies.

It can also be used as a bulldozer with 2.4 tonne pushing power, or a forklift that can handle up to 400kg.

2. Automated casualty conveyance system – prototype stage

Comes in two forms – a collapsible track-based system and an autonomous flatbed trolley. Both are meant to help rescuers in mass casualty evacuation situations, such as after a chemical attack.

The track-based system can be operated by two officers, and a 1.6m set can be expanded to cover about 10m. Multiple sets can be linked for greater distances.

This conveyance system, which uses traction wheels to guide a fibreglass board, moves casualties at twice the speed compared to if they were stretchered, and can run for hours from a car battery.

The autonomous system can follow a trail pre-marked using electric tape or paint, and can stop on its own when it detects an obstruction in its path. The trolley can also be controlled by a smartphone app and used to move heavy equipment.

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