Though mobile communications have improved emergency services’ efficiency, noisy environments still pose communication problems for users. ANITA has addressed the issue with a noise-reduction system that could save lives.
Developed under the European Commission’s IST programme, the ANITA system uses innovative software to reduce background noise in real time to allow emergency service workers to communicate more clearly with each other and with their headquarters even in the most acoustically challenging conditions.
“Fire fighters, for example, have to communicate with engine, road and wind noise while driving, with sirens in the background and with water pumps in operation. All of this can lead to them not being able to understand commands,” explains Mirko Masi, the project manager at Tradia in Spain. “By filtering out background noise they are able to communicate more effectively, something that in certain circumstances would reduce the hazards for them and could save lives.”
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