Panasonic Toughbook tablet is helping rescue crews save lives in Nepal12th May 2015     By: Panasonic Media

Hoping to reduce the number of people who are still believed to be missing in the wake of Nepal's 7.8 magnitude earthquake, rescue crews are using a custom version of Panasonic's Toughbook H2 tablet and FINDER technology.

Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER) is a technology developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science (S&T) and Technology Directorate and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). It can provide the approximate location of trapped individuals within five feet, and it also provides rescuers confirmation of a heartbeat. A custom version of Panasonic's Toughbook H2 Windows tablet is being used to make use of the FINDER technology. Toughbooks are designed to withstand a variety of extreme outdoor conditions.

FINDER has already been put to good use in Nepal. Rescue workers were able to find four men who were buried underneath several feet of debris in the village of Chautara in Nepal, several days after the earthquake. Two prototypes are also currently deployed in Nepal, with rescuers hoping they can find even more people with them.

FINDER tech was demonstrated on 7 May in London.  S&T and JPL will make the device available for commercial enterprise in the hopes of equipping as many search and rescue teams around the world with it as possible.  No pricing or specific time frame was given for the rescue tablet's release.




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