National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation
Now more than ever, responders need Location-Based Services (LBS) solutions to provide better situational awareness indoors, equipping them with necessary capabilities to operate effectively while maximizing responder and citizen safety. Even though this technology is becoming more readily available, it has yet to be widely adopted by the first responder community. Through the Accelerating Adoption and Use of Emerging LBS by Public Safety project, the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation would like to identify innovators and early adopters who are exploring LBS solutions to solve operational problems and work with them to collect and document best practices; share success stories with the broader public safety community; provide outreach and education about best practices to first responders; and actively engage in ongoing dialogue with stakeholders to understand and document their evolving needs. - July 2019
2. Identify Gaps
Mapping, tracking, and indoor navigation is one of the greatest challenges facing first responder safety today. The built environment is growing both in volume and complexity and first responders need solutions to provide better situational awareness indoors. Fortunately, the use of Location Based Services (LBS) technology is expanding into daily use in urban areas around the world. Despite these technological advances, two key problems remain:
To address both problems, we must help first responders take advantage of existing LBS technology by facilitating integration into their policies, standard operating procedures, training, and daily use. Secondly, we need to define the most critical technology gaps identified by the public safety community, as a basis for prioritizing research & development investments.
This project will help grow a community of first responders that rapidly and successfully incorporate new and emerging indoor mapping, tracking, navigation, and location-based services capabilities into their day-to-day operations.
NAPSG designed this project with the following achievable and measurable outcomes:
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