Emergency Data Collection Service Tapped to Hold Connecticut Schools’ Information

Aerial imagery and digital photographs of schools to be available to first responders
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Greenwich, Conn. has contracted BeSafe Technologies Inc., a firm specializing in emergency response information, to collect data about 17 public schools and a board of education building in the town, which would be provided to first responders in an emergency.
Under the contract, BeSafe is to provide the software, maintenance and support services for the installation and training necessary for a “School Emergency Response Floor Plan and Information System,” a computerized floor plan and an emergency response information system that is to be updated yearly as school layouts and information change.
BeSafe is also to provide aerial imagery and digital photographs of all the schools and administration building’s facades, entrances and egresses, along with up-to-date schematic building and floor plans. BeSafe would be expected to make that information available in electronic and printed binder form to school safety personnel and public safety officials, for use in managing a school-based emergency.
The imagery and photographs would enable first responders to know the exterior surroundings of the properties, their access routes, as well as all entrance and escape points, BeSafe says. That information would enable pre-planning of evacuations and response, BeSafe says. The information would be distributed electronically to emergency response agencies and be accessible to police autos, and other emergency vehicles.
Greenwich is about 30 miles northeast of New York City and has a population of approximately 60,000 people. Its 17 public schools have a current enrollment of 9,000 students and consist of 13 elementary schools (K-5), three middle schools (6-8) and one comprehensive high school (9-12).
BeSafe’s systems are currently implemented in approximately 2,000 end-user sites, including over 150 school districts and colleges across 10 states, and numerous hospitals, law enforcement agencies and municipal facilities.
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