An Ohio company has customized its emergency response solution for use in schools nationwide.
NaviGate™ is a Web-based system that gives first responders immediate, eyes-on access to critical information, such as maps, floor plans, emergency protocols, call lists and real-time video feeds where there are cameras. Information is stored on secure, redundant off-site servers--in the digital "cloud"-- and is not affected by physical barriers or on-the-ground crisis situations. The technology is installed in more than 1,100 locations across America and abroad, including the Wills Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower), as well as healthcare systems, universities and commercial real estate in major cities. Now it's being adapted in a cost-effective means for schools under the name NaviGate™ Prepared.
Information can be accessed via any Internet-enabled device, including on-board computers in police cruisers and hand-held devices. Having key resources in hand before arriving at the site of an emergency significantly reduces assessment time and expedites informed action.
NaviGate™ has been designated as an anti-terrorism-level technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and was recently added as an authorized vendor to the GSA Federal Supplier List.