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Technology for Improved Situational Awareness in Emergency Situations

April 4, 2018

Increased situational awareness and command and control greatly enhance response time and execution for first responders on scene during emergencies.  By no means can technology replace the power of the human mind to formulate and execute an emergency plan, but it is clear that seconds matter in these situations, and any increase in capability during these times is a win. 

 

Imagine getting an active shooter call and multiple agencies rush to the scene.  The question becomes “who is in charge, and how is that individual managing all of their assets?”  This quickly becomes very difficult to manage when time is not on your side.

 

Going a step further thinking about execution on target, the question becomes how are first responders made aware of critical locations such as the casualty collection point?  Certainly, issues like these are manageable, but they take up valuable time on comms. 

 

Now imagine a Commander who is managing multiple teams during an active shooter  situation. Technology could allow the Commander to see the location of all assets and mark critical locations at their fingertips.  While enhanced technology is no replacement for the Commander’s critical thinking, it absolutely aids in visualization and saves time where time is critical.

 

To learn more about technology that improves first responder situational awareness, check out the links below.

 

https://insights.samsung.com/2018/02/15/blueforce-development-provides-powerful-situational-awareness-tools-for-law-enforcement/

 

https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2017/11/17/snapshot-atak-increases-situational-awareness-communication

 

https://www.officer.com/command-hq/technology/computers-software/notebooks-laptops/blog/20993704/how-new-technology-aims-at-making-law-enforcement-safer

 

https://www.esri.com/library/whitepapers/pdfs/situational-awareness.pdf

 

Contact us if you have questions or would like to discuss the technology available to increase situational awareness during an emergency.

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