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ZF Rescue Connect networks rescue forces with each other during their operations and provides them with all important status information of the deployed vehicles and equipment in real time.

Digitalizing Rescue Forces Will Save Lives

“ZF Rescue Connect networks rescue forces with each other during their operations providing them with all-important status information of the deployed vehicles and equipment in real-time.”

There is no end to the applications for digitalization and today ZF announced that they have taken significant steps to connect rescue workers to their vehicles and each other.

This solution will be made available to everyone because it is manufacturer-independent. The initial rollout of this technology will be in European countries although it stands to reason that it will be made available to other markets as well.

We’ve had ZF Wabco on the podcast several times. You can learn more about the company in episodes 53, episode 73, and 109.

Full Press Release: ZF digitalizes rescue forces with ZF Rescue Connect

  • First manufacturer-independent connectivity solution for widespread use by rescue forces
  • Networks all persons involved in the operation together with important data from rescue vehicles and equipment
  • Connectivity solution developed by ZF as part of its Data Venture Accelerator

Friedrichshafen (Germany). Seconds can be crucial in saving lives during the rescue operation after an accident. The better and faster the emergency management and rescue forces are informed about the accident victims and the status of all rescue vehicles and equipment involved, the more effectively they can help.

The new digital solution ZF Rescue Connect networks rescue forces with each other during their operations and provides them with all-important status information of the deployed vehicles and equipment in real-time. “With ZF Rescue Connect, we are offering the first comprehensive, manufacturer-independent connectivity solution for rescue forces in Europe,” explains Florian Freund, responsible for the ZF Rescue Connect development. “Delivering a scalable digital solution based on our pan-European ‘Internet of Things’ cloud makes the ZF digital service so valuable and affordable for widespread use,” says Dr. Gahl Berkooz, Head of the ZF Digital Venture Accelerator and Data Monetization. 

The digital solution is specially designed for manufacturers of emergency vehicles, rescue equipment, and mission-specific software. Manufacturer-independent solutions can also be beneficial for organizations with security tasks as well as for state and federal authorities. ZF Rescue Connect supports emergency services and decision-makers alike in dealing with everyday tasks as well as major incidents, reducing the total cost of ownership, and accelerating and focusing response.

Manufacturer-independent cloud solution
The solution is based on a European cloud platform, which the technology group ZF operates together with other well-known industry partners, such as MP-BOS GmbH and Eurocommand GmbH, for the rescue organizations. Here, all data about accident victims, the rescue forces deployed, the rescue vehicles, and the rescue equipment converge can be accessed by the operations center via a ‘dashboard’. Small electronic transmitters and receivers connect the people, vehicles, and equipment to the cloud via mobile network communications.

Rescue workers involved in the operation carry their personal ‘ZF CrewTAG’ with them so that they are visible on a digital map during the entire operation. The accident victims each receive a ‘ZF LifeTAG’ from the first arriving rescuers until they are safely cared for. The emergency vehicles and important equipment are equipped with corresponding On-Board Units. ZF offers the transmitters and receivers either as original equipment for vehicles and rescue equipment or as a manufacturer-independent retrofit solution. Solutions from other suppliers can also be integrated into the cloud via standardized communication interfaces. The central ‘dashboard’ clearly summarizes the information for the incident command in real-time and facilitates informed decision-making according to the current situation.

Established technologies for new markets
Based on years of experience with digital telematics solutions for buses and commercial vehicles, ZF has developed the ZF Rescue Connect connectivity solution for a market in which no comprehensive, manufacturer-independent and affordable connectivity solution has been available to date. The solution was developed in the ZF Data Venture Accelerator, which is a worldwide hub for digital business within ZF’s Corporate Research and Development department. It was set up to support and accelerate product developments whose ideas and concepts have successfully proven their added value and technological feasibility – from initial realizations to mature digital products and services.

More information about ZF Rescue Connect is available on the web: www.zf.com/rescue-connect

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Author: Jamie Irvine

Jamie Irvine is the host of The Heavy-Duty Parts Report and a consultant that works with manufacturers, distributors, and SaaS companies serving the heavy-duty truck parts industry.


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