Washington DC Police and Emergency Management Agencies Deploy Ordia Solutions at Papal Visit
Mobile Tactical Collaboration System™ and AdvanTraq™ GPS deliver common operating picture, tactical information sharing, and real-time command and control situational awareness to public safety officials during April 2008 Papal Visit
Washington, DC, and Vienna, VA, April 24, 2008 – Ordia Solutions, the leading provider of mission-critical collaborative command and control systems for public safety leaders and first responders announces the successful deployment of its next generation homeland security-focused Blue Force Tracking system during the Washington leg of the 2008 Papal Visit to the United States.
FEMA Office of National Capital Region Coordination (NCRC) chose the Papal Visit to Washington as an opportunity to evaluate advanced collaboration and command and control technologies. By using Ordia Solutions’ Mobile Tactical Collaboration System, NCRC, Washington DC Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) personnel experienced an unprecedented level of inter-agency information sharing, as they were able to develop and share multiple operating plans in real-time between the City’s Emergency Operations Center, MPD’s Joint Operations Command Center, and several mobile command vehicles at various venues. Additionally, using AdvanTraq GPS, commanders and supervisors were able to track locations of first-responders in and around Nationals Stadium in real-time using digital maps, personnel location-based services and shared workspaces.
“During emergencies and Special Security Events, real-time information sharing with multiple federal, state and local agencies is critical and at times, extremely challenging“, said Christopher Geldart, Director, FEMA Office of National Capital Region Coordination. ”The exercise with NCRC, HSEMA, MPD and Ordia Solutions during the Papal Visit demonstrated a capability that can enhance the region’s abilities in this critical area.”
“The integrated MTCS/AdvanTraq solution shows its utility as a tactical information sharing tool to enhance the effectiveness of multi-agency teams tasked with securing high-profile special events” said Joe E. Ordia, Chairman and CEO, Ordia Solutions. “Whatever the collaboration-based mission – securing special events, searching for a missing child, tracking fugitives, coordinating/executing mass evacuations, protecting critical infrastructures, escorting dignitaries, executing simultaneous raids or other tactical operations, if it involves multiple personnel and venues across a wide geographical area, it is highly likely that MTCS can markedly enhance mission effectiveness, success and safety.”
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