Situational Awareness and Augmented Reality Headsets

In Feb, the Indian Army ordered an augmented reality head-mounted display system (ARHMD) that would improve situation awareness and response with the help of radar and thermal overlays. The selected vendors will develop prototypes for further evaluation. US Army, meanwhile, is investing in the Hololens and cloud-based Integrated Visual Augmentation System.

In addition to security applications, these headsets have a significant role in emergency response situations. It could be in the form of realistic training for trauma-related injuries, respiratory distress and more.

Augmented reality can form the basis of off-site quick medical and rescue response. It may help teams locate power and gas lines, geospatial features, or the people whereabouts that may not be visible from the ground.