Squishy Robotics in the News
San Jose Fire Department (SJFD) is the newest municipal fire department to sign a pilot partnership agreement with Squishy Robotics. This department, which serves the third largest city in California, protects approximately 1.2 million residents within the San Jose city limits as well as in additional unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County.
The mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) “is helping people before, during, and after disasters.” To meet its objectives, FEMA provides world-class training and education for first responders, emergency managers, and community members. Several Squishy Robotics team members were invited to participate in a regional training session with FEMA US&R CA-TF 3.
COO Deniz Dogruer, Lead Mechatronics Engineer Douglas Hutchings, and interns Kingston Chua, Jiaqi (Harold) Lian, and Oliver Parkin—as well as a few of the company’s sensor robots—joined more than three dozen Bay Area first responders in a hands-on FEMA confined space training exercise held earlier this year.
“The communication of time-critical, life-saving data to first responders consists of both the reliable transmission of data—a task that often must be performed in less-than-ideal situations—as well as the presentation of data in a way that is easily digestible and actionable,” said Squishy Robotics COO Deniz Dogruer. Squishy Robotics sensor robots and associated software need to excel at both to better ensure the safety of the first responders that employ our products. “This grant will help our company to improve product communications as well as to conduct significant user experience testing that we believe will result in important first responder-recommended product improvements.”
Squishy Robotics has recently begun a year of testing communications equipment, protocols, and software, which is funded by a NIST PSCR grant award. The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a federal laboratory that focuses on evaluation of and improvements for public safety communications technologies. NIST is a non-regulatory agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce that develops standards that apply to various industries.
Squishy Robotics sensor robots and executive and engineering team members are featured in a recent episode of Horizons: On the Record that focuses on growing green jobs that can help combat climate change. CEO Dr. Alice Agogino, COO Deniz Dogruer, and Lead Mechatronics Engineer Douglas Hutchings discussed how our company robots and technologies are helping in HazMat response and in wildfire mitigation.
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