BATON ROUGE, La. & FAIRFAX, Va. – Wearable Computers and Critical Incident Response Technologies Create Solution for Firefighters, Emergency Technicians and Public Health Officials at Local Level
Xybernaut Corporation (NASDAQ:XYBR) and FiRST Responder Systems & Technology (FiRST) today announced a joint strategic initiative to deliver mobile/wearable computers with embedded mobile GIS, data and resource management solutions to the nation’s first responders.
The companies will host educational seminars at key national and regional public safety events to assist first responder agencies in their research and understanding of how mobile computer technology combined with geographic information and data sharing systems can directly improve response times, provide rapid on-scene information and ultimately assist in saving lives.
The unique solution, which the companies are announcing during the conference, provides one of the first truly comprehensive offerings of mobile computing for the public safety industry. The solution combines Xybernaut lightweight and powerful Atigo(R) T wireless mobile computers with FiRST’s popular and powerful GIS, navigation, data and resource management software called RespondWare(TM). The combination of these technologies is the next step in delivering powerful and at-hand information for use by emergency personnel while in-the-line-of-duty.
The companies will present this unique product combination at the International Association of Fire Chief’s Fire-Rescue International conference on August 13th and 14th — an even which is being held this year in New Orleans, LA.
“We are pleased to be able to provide a powerful yet affordable solution that meets the unique needs of emergency first responders at the local and municipal levels,” stated Steven A. Newman, president and COO. “We are now working with a wide variety of communities to help them quickly understand the value of flexible mobile computing solution and also realize that these solutions can easily fit into their budgets.”
The Xybernaut-FiRST technology solutions will allow first responders and subsequent emergency personnel to manage operations by having various types of critical information at their fingertips, including building floor plans/schematics, specific images related to a facility or site, incident command protocols and other critical response data.
This equipment allows critical incident response teams to formulate tactical plans while en-route to a crisis situation, decreasing deployment time and increasing operational efficiency. Once on site, responders coordinating various efforts and teams will continue to have access to critical information via the wearable computers.
“FiRST is excited to welcome a company of Xybernaut’s reputation to our team of FiRST Responder Partners,” said Jeffrey A. Bean, President and Chief Executive Officer. “There is a tremendous need for clear and easy-to-use mobile computing solutions within the public safety industry. By combining and optimizing our companies’ products we will have the opportunity to take one step closer to providing the 360 degree technology solution that more first responder agencies are demanding of manufacturers. Xybernaut and FiRST are positioned to offer our nation’s first responders a technology solution that could only be dreamed of a short couple of years ago,” Bean said.
Xybernaut Corporation is the leading provider of wearable/mobile computing hardware, software and services, bringing communications and full-function computing power in a hands-free design to people when and where they need it. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, Xybernaut has offices and subsidiaries in Europe (Germany) and Asia (Japan and China). Visit the Xybernaut Web site at www.xybernaut.com. Product photos are also available directly from Xybernaut.
Xybernaut, the Xybernaut logo, Mobile Assistant(R) V (MA(R) V) and Atigo(R) are trademarks or registered trademarks of Xybernaut Corporation in the USA and other countries. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.
About FiRST Responder Systems & Technology
FiRST Responder Systems & Technology, LLC (FiRST) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a leading provider of public safety GIS, HazMat and data sharing software solutions. FiRST’s flagship product, RespondWare(TM), is designed for all public safety vehicles with mission critical geo-located data such as hydrant status, chemical information, hospital locators, land parcels, facility planning, synchronized street management and more. FiRST’s other product, HazGuide(TM) allows responders to search for hazardous materials not only by chemical name but also by UN number, CAS number, DOT placard or NFPA placard. Responders can identify chemical reactions, review NIOSH respirator recommendations, quickly access procedures and recommendations for chemical classes and determine chemical properties such as: IDLH, flash point, lower explosion limits, etc. FiRST is privately held and has its offices within the Louisiana Business and Technology Center on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, LA. For more information, please visit the FiRST Web site at www.FiRSTrst.com.
FiRST Responder Systems & Technology, LLC, the FiRST Logo, RespondWare(TM) and HazGuide(TM) are trademarks of FiRST Responder Systems & Technology, LLC in the USA and other countries. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.
Xybernaut Corporation, Fairfax
Michael P. Binko, APR, 703-631-6925
FiRST Responder Systems & Technology, LLC, Baton Rouge
Jeffrey A. Bean, 225-578-0333