Kyocera Joins Fire Departments, K9 Units and Special Forces at Blueforce Field Day

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From dogs to drones to DuraForce PROs, the Blueforce Field Day—a half-day site exploitation event in June held in Fayetteville, North Carolina—was both entertaining and educational. Blueforce Development Corporation hosts this bi-annual field day with its top partners in order to showcase the power of multi-sensor fusion and how technology can overcome the limitations of detection threshold and vulnerabilities, enable real-time awareness and analytics, and gather information for everything from environmental sampling to physiological monitoring to hazard detection.

The Blueforce Development product platform served as the command center for the day, collecting data from the various demo scenarios, from unmanned vehicles including drones, to K9-mounted cameras, gas sensors and off-leash tracking, to ad hoc unattended ground sensors.

During the event, the Kyocera DuraForce PRO was used in each demonstration scenario as the mini computer combined with specialized communications platforms to include commercial LTE, tactical LTE, mobile ad-hoc networks, and satellite communications allowing for secure sharing of sensor data, pictures, messaging and other collaborative data between mobile users, as well as the command post. Ecosystem partners such as Scott Safety, which provided the Scott Patriot 5510 PAPR/SCBA for CBRN hazard detection and mitigation, and Mission Mobility, which provided the backend portable, scalable network, played a vital role in enabling the demos. Customer attendees, who included military, Special Forces, K9 divisions and fire department representatives, were impressed with the durability, connectivity and power of DuraForce PRO over the course of the day. The solution targets military, Special Forces, and law enforcement tactical defense operations.

During the intensive half day of hands-on field scenarios, DuraForce PRO remained unscathed, with impressive little battery life consumption. DuraForce PRO was used in all scenarios, including weather sensing; K9 remote set-up; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attack mitigation and personal protection; and remotely controlled unattended ground sensors for environmental and imagery data.

Blueforce and Kyocera have been partnering for many years to enable Kyocera rugged smartphones to be motion and acoustic sensors for both underground and unattended sensor scenarios. With slim, affordable and truly rugged devices like the DuraForce PRO, Blueforce can leverage the capabilities of built-in Kyocera smartphones’ accelerometer, gyroscope and microphone sensors for detecting motion, vibration and sound, presenting great opportunity for unattended surveillance. Rapid network formation allows cueing and alerts from a wide variety of sensors, and sharing real-time awareness and analytics greatly shortens decision cycles and allows team members to anticipate friendly and enemy actions.

This year’s Blueforce Field Day showed a sampling of what is possible with the Blueforce Development product platform when coupled with Kyocera’s rugged mobile devices. The future for Blueforce and Kyocera looks very promising, enabling new underground monitoring and sensor solutions to make all of us safer. For more information on the Blueforce and Kyocera collaboration, check out our blog from November 2016 about affordable mobile counterterrorism applications.

Blueforce Development Corporation Endorses Kyocera’s Devices For Workers in Hazardous Locations and Jobs

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At Kyocera, we believe that not all rugged devices are created equal. Our DNA is rooted in creating mobile devices that offer a unique blend of toughness, performance and affordability, and we feel we have a leg up when it comes to providing field workers the best durable mobile solutions. A big part of our success in rugged is in part because we have a great ecosystem of developer partners creating apps that tailor our devices to particular markets, like Blueforce Development Corporation.

Blueforce develops software products that “facilitate the formation of arbitrary and spontaneous confederations of people, sensors, and systems using mobile devices.” Their sweet spot is delivering network-centric computing for those requiring the highest degree of security, mobility, and interoperability, making them a perfect match for Kyocera.

One way Kyocera differentiates our devices for potentially dangerous jobs is by certifying them to certain OSHA “HAZLOC” (or “Hazardous Location”) standards. Earlier this week Blueforce posted a blog entitled, “A Primer on the HAZLOC Certification: Not All Mobile Scenarios Require Intrinsically Safe Devices,” where they outlined the benefits and tradeoffs of different levels of HAZLOC certifications.

As Blueforce pointed out in this blog post, it is imperative to carry a properly certified phone if you work around hazardous materials. That’s where Kyocera excels. Blueforce endorsed our rugged devices, particularly our Brigadier, DuraForce and DuraForce XD for providing workers in high-risk settings “peace of mind that their smartphones are certified for protection in hazardous locations where concentrations of flammable gases, vapors or mists are not normally present in an explosive concentration (but may accidentally exist).” They also go on to endorse our Class I, Division 2-certified devices as offering, “the necessary and robust level of protection, full ruggedization and the affordability and convenience of an off-the-shelf solution from the nation’s leading wireless service providers.”

“Customers with highly mobile workforces require solutions that match the environments in which they work. Whether it is oil and gas, or visiting nurses and social workers, a common requirement emerges: all require a device that is safe, a device that is resilient, and a device is easy to use. Kyocera delivers all of this and more,” said Michael Helfrich, CEO of Blueforce Development Corporation.

Partners like Blueforce are important to Kyocera’s success in our mission to be the worldwide leader in creating rugged mobile solutions. For more information on HAZLOC certifications or Blueforce, check out their blog or call them at 866-960-0204.

John is director of corporate communications at Kyocera. He has worked on the Kyocera team shaping its communications strategy over the past 15 years – 13 of those years in-house and two with a Kyocera agency partner. John has always had a passion for writing and began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Whittier Daily News, part of a multi-paper syndicate in Los Angeles.  When not working, he and his wife can usually be found coaching, shuttling, refereeing or cheering for his three sons and their numerous plays, concerts and sports teams.