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Region 13 (Pittsburgh) EPA/Hazmat Exercise a Success using Tricorder Data Systems’ PictureXpress™

Pittsburgh, PA, (November 1, 2008) — During the EPA/Hazmat exercise wireless/mobile technology hand-held devices were used to track personnel and events in the field in “Real-Time” during an emergency.The TDS canned software, called PictureXpress™ residing on a Motorola MC 9090 hand-held device with wireless capabilities performed flawlessly providing:

  • Real-time connectivity, data and live pictures, to both the “mobile command center” and the Fayette County Command approximately 45-miles away.
  • Scanning of ID badges to verify personnel and personnel capabilities/certifications from across several, independently maintained, county databases (Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland)
  • Tracking of personnel moving from staging areas into the HAZMAT hot-zone,
  • Tracking personnel exiting from the hot-zone into the decontamination station and back to the staging area.

As a result remote HAZMAT team leaders benefited from the ability to real-time manage personnel in a critical situation.

TDS is a NIST (National Institute of Standard and Technology) FIPS 140-2 (Federal Information Processing Standards) complaint wireless technology capable of communicating in real-time over virtually any wireless medium.  The TDS PictureXpress™ software is fully application COTS (Commercial off the shelf) compliant and runs on either Microsoft Mobile 5.0 and 6.0 compatible devices.

For the exercise TDS used the Motorola MC9090 which has voice (multiple telephony providers are available) and data communications capabilities.  The Motorola hand-held equipment performed perfectly under foul weather and extremely rough field conditions.

A notable exception to all other Emergency Responder-DHS communication technologies, TDS is partnered with Sypherlink LLC for combining and managing information for many different database sources.  This capability allows different databases to exchange information seamlessly on an “as-needed” basis to insure data delivered to the field is current and accurate.

About Tricorder Data Systems (TDS) creates products and services that provide real-time secure mobile computing solutions, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Waterfront Technologies located in Baltimore MD.  Waterfront has been serving large federal and state government agencies and a slew of private sector clients.  TDS products and services are designed to cater to handheld devices, cell phones, smart phones, laptops and embedded systems. 

About Sypherlink, Inc. Sypherlink is an information-management-software company that intelligently links critical information across disparate data sources.  The company’s client/partner base includes global 1,000 organizations, government agencies, and leading systems integrators and application/tool providers

Photos from Region 13 (Pittsburgh) EPA/Hazmat Exercise
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