Scott Safety’s commitment to innovation with a purpose has earned the company a place among an elite group recognized by Popular Science’s 2016 “Best of What’s New” award. Each year, Popular Science’s editorial team reviews thousands of new products and innovations and chooses the top 100 winners across 11 categories for inclusion in their annual “Best of What’s New” issue. Scott Sight, the first in-mask, hands-free thermal imaging camera, was recognized in the security category.
“The Best of What’s New awards honor the innovations that shape the future,” said Kevin Gray, executive editor of Popular Science. “From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering, to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, this is the best of what’s new.”
Scott Sight, launched in April 2016, is a game changer for firefighters, providing improved visibility in smoke-filled environments, and giving firefighters the ability to quickly locate and rescue victims or identify exit routes in deteriorating conditions.
Scott Sight is the first product to emerge from Scott Safety’s Firefighter of the Future initiative, an internal team responsible for researching and developing innovative technologies. The group brought Scott Sight from concept to reality in only 12 months, providing firefighters with the ability to distinguish potential danger in low visibility conditions, comprehend the threat and better gauge their response.
“We listened to and responded to direct feedback from firefighters that they needed a hands-free thermal imaging solution,” said Kim Henry, director of Scott Safety’s growth initiatives and life-safety products. “Scott Sight helps them see things they didn’t even know they were looking for; it’s what we call situational intelligence.”
Following the receipt of regulatory approvals from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in early September, Scott Sight is now being shipped and used by fire departments across the country, increasing the level of safety for individual firefighters by giving them a new “set of eyes” on the fireground.
Scott Sight is featured in the November/December issue of Popular Science.