Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services is moving ahead with plans to be part of a pilot research project, involving smart glasses, through the Canada Centre for Security Science.
The idea is to eventually equip paramedics with “smart glasses” allowing them to send and receive real-time data in the back of the ambulance or at the scene of an emergency, and send it ahead to the hospital emergency department.
Paramedics Chief Doug Socha showed off a pair of the smart glasses at a meeting of the Hastings-Quinte Emergency Services committee Wednesday.
Socha says, for example, they could have been used to evaluate the recent flooding situation in the Quinte area.
Socha says the research covers four areas including a voice-to-text option.
The research will also cover three other areas: linking the glasses to a computer tablet , sending pictures to the emergency room, and streaming video to the emergency operation centre.
The research, which could start this fall, will be simulated and not involve real patients.
Socha says the glasses can also be linked to drones and the EMS is partnering with Renfrew County in the drone project as well.