New Techology Provides Enhanced Security for Prince George's Residents
Tracey Gold Bennett | , WI Staff Writer | 9/14/2011, 1:58 p.m.
After September 11, 2001, the worst terrorist attack on American soil, one Prince George's County company developed situational awareness technologies to help emergency management agencies share intelligence and communicate in real time.
Mark Walcott, president of TransGlobal Business Systems of Largo, Md., partnered with several Guardian One companies, Prince George's County and the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation on Sept. 8 to showcase the enhanced security technologies and THOR Shield, a mobile 9-1-1 emergency communications and command center .
"We recognized there was a gap in aggregating information in real time," said Walcott. "[This technology] allows for the collection of information, notification, and response [to mitigate a potential threat.]"
TransGlobal technology integrates information culled from public safety, homeland security and private industry, and enables these entities to cross share information to avoid or manage an emergency situation . The organization's mission is to aid the public safety, homeland security and private industries in allowing the most timely and relevant information to be shared.
The Guardian One companies working with TransGlobal to blend their technologies include GuideSTAR, BAIR Software, Intrado and Mission Concepts -- which is the only Virginia-based company. "We're focusing on getting the information where it needs to go and getting it to the people who can react," said Carrie Bachner, CEO of Mission Concepts.
The security technologies include RaptorXP, software that analyzes information, and Guardian Suite which gathers intelligence for public safety and response.
"We are blending technologies to meet the needs and to counter potential threats," said Ron Fournet, CEO of GuideStar Technologies. "With analytics we can collect information in real time, inform [the law enforcement and emergency management agencies] and respect the privacy of the American citizen," said Ron Fournet, CEO of GuideStar Technologies, " he continued. "The GuardianOne companies have a deep-seated commitment to develop technology that provides threat protection spanning one person, one family one community and one nation."
Community leaders took a tour of the 80-foot mobile command center THOR Shield on display just outside the Radisson Hotel in Largo.
The inside of Thor Shield is like a mini version of what one might find in the White House situation room, similar equipment, but on wheels. The black tractor trailer is outfitted with an elaborate system of communications, phones, computers, and monitors including a VIPER call-handling platform where 17 emergency call operators can sit, take calls and send information to appropriate emergency management agencies.
THOR is a fully equipped emergency management facility with a dedicated power source capable of handling situations including weather related, crime or terrorist events. THOR mobile units located throughout the country are ready for deployment in response to a threat or emergency.
These technologies are designed to position the various public safety and law enforcement stakeholders to become more proactive and informed rather than reactive and blind.
"TransGlobal is providing safer communication in Prince George's County and more jobs. There's nothing wrong with that in today's environment," said Walcott.
Recently, TransGlobal set-up their web-based situational awareness solution, Starlight in Prince George's County Emergency Response and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to enable transparency and awareness related to incidents and potential threats that could occur across jurisdictional boundaries.
During the course of these activities, MPD's situational awareness solution was activated in advance of Hurricane Irene to support communications and respond to all situational threats in the national capital region.