Ordia Solutions and Defywire Launch Integrated Student Accountability, Alert Notification, and First Responder Command and Control System for Campus Security
First Ever Integrated Solution Provides Enhanced Accountability and Alert Notification for Students, Staff, and Faculty, and Interoperable Communication, Collaboration, Coordination, Command and Control for First Responders
Richmond, VA, August 13, 2007 - In the wake of the April 16, 2007 VA Tech shootings, Governor Timothy M. Kaine challenged Virginia college administrators to strengthen campus security, and industry leaders to develop technologies focused on student, staff and faculty safety. Ordia Solutions teamed with Defywire to launch the first ever integrated Student Accountability, Alert Notification, and First Responder Command and Control system.
The integrated solution is built using Defywire’s student-focused Mobile Guardian™ Safety Suite, and Ordia Solutions’ public safety command & control platform Mobile Tactical Collaboration System™ (MTCS). Engineers from both companies leveraged each other’s XML standards-based product architectures to deliver an integrated solution for public safety for the nation’s colleges and universities. Since both solutions use industry-standard rather than vendor-specific proprietary interfaces, the integration task was made considerably simpler.
At today’s Campus Security Conference at Virginia Commonwealth University, Joe Ordia, Chairman and CEO of Ordia Solutions, demonstrated the integrated solution to Governor Kaine and members of his staff, and to Chiefs from college campuses, local, county, and state law enforcement and fire/EMS agencies. “When a campus security situation escalates to a level that requires a critical incident response, the students in the affected areas can in fact become the ‘First Responders’,” said Mr. Ordia. “This integrated solution organizes the location and situational information from affected students into real-time input to the decision making process and command and control apparatus of campus police and other security personnel. The incident commander’s ability to attain full situational awareness and direct the right tactical resources at the right locations is significantly enhanced, thereby maximizing the chance for a successful outcome.” Added Jim Sondel, Defywire CTO: “This integration provides schools with a total solution that allows them to use technology beginning with prevention, all the way through to informed and coordinated incident response.“
For information on the integrated Mobile Guardian™ Safety Suite and Mobile Tactical Collaboration System™ solution, please contact Defywire at (571) 323-5050 or Ordia Solutions at (703) 752-6262.
About Ordia Solutions’ Mobile Tactical Collaboration System™
Developed using standards-based Web 2.0 technologies, MTCS is a new generation of intuitive, easy-to-use browser-based solution that addresses the “5Cs of Interoperability” for first responders: Communication, Collaboration, Coordination, Command and Control. This level of interoperability is particularly relevant to campus security as critical incidents typically require a multi-jurisdictional and multidisciplinary response. MTCS facilitates a common operating picture, rapid and effective command and control over all responding resources to maximize the chance for a successful outcome. The versatility of the MTCS platform, coupled with a new GPS-based personal accountability system, enables it to be used by law enforcement, fire/EMS, search and rescue, and EOC personnel in a vast array of command and control scenarios. These range from perimeter security, SWAT operations, major planned event security, disaster security response, multi-alarm fire suppression, and day-to-day public safety activities, to preparedness training and exercises, and post-incident analysis. MTCS employs Microsoft® Virtual Earth™ and/or customers’ own mapping imagery, and is wirelessly accessible by authorized personnel from mobile computers in the field or desktop PCs at the operation center.
About Defywire’s Mobile Guardian™ Safety Suite
Mobile Guardian Safety Suite provides teachers, bus drivers, school officials and parents with the capacity to monitor kids’ whereabouts throughout the school day and to provide immediate access to a wide range of student information via a mobile device. The technology gives school officials immediate access to emergency medical information about an ill or injured child, without losing precious minutes locating the information in a distant office. Even in the absence of a school wide catastrophic event, such a device is invaluable when athletes collapse on the practice field or children are left on a school bus at the end of the day. Mobile Guardian Safety Suite also has the capability of monitoring which children are generating incident reports at various locations throughout the school or on school buses. It’s these reports that are used to alert administrators to a potential problem. The application can send officials a message when a specific child has reached a certain threshold of “incident reports” – such as two per day, for example. At each step along the way, parents can be notified immediately of the events occurring with their child at school. Statistics show that children who begin a pattern of truancies, absenteeism and class disruptions are at higher risk for taking misbehavior to the next level.
About Ordia Solutions
Ordia Solutions is a leading provider of mobile and interoperable command & control systems for public safety. Founded in 2005, the company’s mission is to enable first responders to rapidly leverage emerging technologies in order to increase mission effectiveness and maximize public safety. For more information, visit www.ordiasolutions.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (703) 752-6262.
Defywire, Inc. (www.defywire.com) is dedicated to using technology to keep kids safe at school and to keep teachers teaching. Recently, Defywire launched the “Enough is Enough” campaign by pledging to donate one million dollars of its premier software package Mobile Guardian Safety Suite to protect students in the United States. This million dollar commitment is open to districts that want to make their schools safer and more responsive in a time of crisis. Any school district interested in immediately receiving the technology should go to www.defywire.com and click on “Enough is Enough" for additional details.
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