Smart technology can also contribute towards a safer society. At the André Renard hospital in Herstal, the first-response carers attending call-outs recently started wearing smart glasses during emergency procedures. Initial analyses show that as a result of wearing the glasses, twenty to thirty per cent of emergency procedures can be conducted more successfully because the first-responder attending the scene is able to share images in real-time with the doctor back at the hospital. As a result, the doctor is then able to give feedback immediately. And because the first-response carers on the spot have their hands free to work, they are able to focus on following the instructions given by the doctor at the hospital. The hospital is also better prepared for the arrival of the patient.

We are confident that this innovative technology can also promote the safety of people in other sectors. With this in mind, on 5th December 2017 Vias institute organised a practical study day for police and the fire service at the Vesta Campus in Antwerp in conjunction with AMA, the French developer of smart glasses.

The study day demonstrated that the smart glasses not only deliver added value during the education and training of emergency responders, but are also a handy tool when the safety of the public comes under threat. However, this smart technology still needs to be refined further to suit the emergency services, as well as to be incorporated into existing practices, equipment and the technological environment. We will investigate the added value provided with the security services.

From now on these types of seminars will be used to bring stakeholders into contact with each other so that we can remain innovative in the search for practical solutions to deal with safety issues.