The need for the creation of cardiologic first aid centers within public spaces has pushed Ticino Cuore towards the conception of ad-hoc structures (i.e. “Stations”) to grant public access to emergency defibrillators. The final result is an adaptive system which is designed according to different urban realities and spatial needs of each zone. In fact, each station is the result of several modules which can count up to 4 different configurations. 

The first and most basic one is a green metal case that contains the defibrillator, and which can be hung on the wall with the help of screws. The second configuration is composed by the metal case in addition to a base-column which anchors the station to the ground. The third and more complex configuration introduces a seating system so as to promote its installation within public spaces as well as elevating the station as “street furniture”. Finally, the fourth and most complex configuration integrates a photovoltaic panel hence providing an autonomous source of power for the station. This model has two main advantages: on the one hand, it allows users to dial direct emergency numbers for first aid (i.e. Ticino Soccorso 144 dispatch center, Fire and Police departments); while on the other, it protects the defibrillators from averse climatic conditions. 

In greater detail, the protective case is isolated thus allowing the constant working of the device. Whether during summer and hot temperatures or in the cold winter, the functioning of the defibrillator is guaranteed by both fans and resistors which keep the temperature constant inside the box. 

All of the four stations were designed with a sustainable and eco-friendly philosophy. Furthermore, the core materials, such as granite and wood, used for the conception of the modules recall Ticino’s typical architecture so as to perfectly fit within the urban and rural landscapes of the territory. 

Paperwork for the IMIAD Project, SUPSI

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