InnerSpace, an IoT-based indoor location intelligence platform for Smart Buildings, was selected to support the Center for Innovative Technology’s (CIT) active shooter training exercise held on November 18, 2019 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The exercises were part of the Smart City Initiative funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Connecting to CIT partner Mutualink’s Internet of Public Safety Things® (IoPST®) network, InnerSpace provided its indoor location platform, including first-responder tracking capabilities, to give first-responder teams the ability to visualize the location and movement of citizens and responders in active shooter scenarios.
The InnerSpace platform can identify the location of citizens in emergency situations by assessing the presence of smart devices like smartphones, laptops and smart watches within a building. Emergency responders use the company’s asset tracking tags to allow command teams to direct rescue teams to improve response times.
“Smart Building solutions that leverage existing infrastructure like WiFi, are critical to the future of Smart City and emergency response strategies,” said Dr. Mike Wengrovitz, VP of Innovation, Mutualink. “The success of the exercises in Virginia demonstrated the potential for how first responders can leverage innovative data sources to quickly locate citizens in emergency situations.”
“The exercises conducted on November 18 are an excellent example of how the Department of Homeland Security is collaborating with a variety of emerging technologies to advance citizen safety,” said David Ihrie, Chief Technology Officer, Center for Innovative Technology. “In conjunction with leading innovation partners such as Smart City Works, Innerspace and Mutualink will continue to advance sustainable, safe and technology-enabled communities for the State of Virginia.”
James Wu, CEO, InnerSpace said “the passive and anonymous location data our platform provides can be integrated with advanced communications systems to improve time-to-response, responder safety, and rescue directives for all levels of government.”