The Event
This event was a four-day masterclass and design sprint organized by Auðna-Technology Transfer Office Iceland in collaboration with the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR), Arctic Council EPPR working group, European Space Agency (ESA) Space Solutions, 66°NORTH, Summit Climb, Icelandic University of the Arts, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The purpose of the event was to design solutions for issues raised by ICE-SAR members, ranging from subjects such as communication to hygiene. Students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Icelandic University of the Arts collaborated in person and virtually to come up with unique design solutions with the help of mentors from Icelandic Search and Rescue.
The Brief
Create a design solution to one of the issues raised by members of the Icelandic Search and Rescue organization.
The Problem
Currently, Icelandic Search and Rescue does not have a platform that allows the incident management team to see live videos streamed from their teams on the ground. Instead, videos and pictures are sent over email and they are limited to live audio communication.
Target Demographic
Icelandic Search and Rescue incident management and ground teams.
The Solution
A web platform where incident management can view and manage multiple video live streams from the ground teams. This would be accompanied by an app that the ground teams would use to live stream their videos to incident management.
Our team was able to collaborate with mentors from the Icelandic Search and Rescue organization who gave us insight into how their incident management and ground teams currently communicate. They wanted a platform where incident management could view multiple live streams from their teams on the ground, which would their decision-making and planning process.
Below is a video of the website prototype we created in Figma.

Our website has a map section where incident management could pinpoint a location and be able to see all the teams in the surrounding area. They could sort through all the live streams being transmitted from the ground teams and track their locations on the map. Our Search and Rescue mentors also suggested that we add the option to sort by video type, so our prototype allows incident management to sort through static cameras, drones, mobile devices, etc. Incident management also has the option to request access to a person on the ground camera through a simple live stream app installed on the ground team's phone. Due to the time constraints of the design sprint, we focused primarily on the website prototype for the incident management side.
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