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TRX Provides Tracking to First Responders in Active Violence Response Training at George Mason University

TRX Systems, developer of NEON® Indoor Location Solutions, announced today that the NEON® Personnel Tracker Solution provided 3D tracking of law enforcement and first responders during a live training exercise on April 29th at George Mason University’s (GMU) EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA. The training was hosted by the SCITI Labs, in a collaboration that included the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate (S&T). DHS S&T’s SCITI Labs initiative leverages cutting-edge Smart City and IoT technologies to deliver new capabilities to DHS components and to enhance public safety in communities across the country.

While first responders routinely train to prepare for such emergencies, the GMU exercise presented a unique opportunity for first responders to supplement their training with NEON® Personnel Tracker and other innovative technology designed to improve response efforts by enhancing communication, interoperability, threat detection, and situational awareness. NEON® Personnel Tracker is a mission-critical 3D mapping and tracking solution that improves operational efficiency, command effectiveness and safety. Personnel Tracker delivers seamless indoor and outdoor location of personnel operating indoors, underground, and in other GPS-denied environments.

TRX Systems worked alongside Dr. Brenda Bannan, Associate Professor with George Mason’s College of Education & Human Development, and Dr. Julie Zobel, Assistant Vice President for Safety, Emergency & Enterprise Risk Management. Dr. Bannan’s research involves investigation of how first responder teams interact and location-based sensing permits a deep dive into law enforcement tactics and learning from their own behavior. According to Dr. Zobel, the real-time visualization of first responders’ locations inside the arena was an impressive and impactful display of how smart technology can enhance emergency response efforts. “The location tracking technology provided a clear enhancement to the overall situational awareness of the first responders remote-stationed command staff,” said Dr. Zobel, going on to share her opinion that the technology on display at this event represented just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the benefits smart technology can bring to a campus community. “I think not only of the possibilities for leveraging smart technology for emergency response,” stated Dr. Zobel, “but for all aspects of university operations, from building maintenance to the student experience, environmental sustainability, and beyond.”

About TRX Systems

TRX Systems is the developer of NEON® GPS-denied location solutions, delivering location and mapping where GPS is not available or is unreliable including indoors, underground, in dense urban areas, and where GPS is jammed or erroneous. NEON® delivers ubiquitous, low-cost, GPS-denied location through the use of advanced sensor fusion, ranging, and patented dynamic mapping algorithms. NEON location technology provides the foundation for a number of commercial applications including NEON® Personnel Tracker and NEON® Signal Mapper.

TRX is the recipient of the Silver Edison Award for Innovation in the Navigation and Robotics category, the Tibbetts Award given by the U.S. Small Business Administration for Innovation and Economic Impact of Research and Development, the TEDCO ICE Award for Corporate Excellence, and the Innovator Award from the Chesapeake Regional Tech Counsel (CRTC). TRX’s indoor location software development has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Army, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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