Drivewise, located in Barrie, Ontario Canada, has come out with a very interesting incident command simulator. XVR is a safe, effective, and affordable way to practice your department procedures, scene assessment, risk management, crew communications, and interagency procedures - all from the comfort of your computer.
With the XVR simulation system, emergency management professionals can prepare, practice and train on tactical solutions, strategic planning and emergency response using an interactive, customized and hands-on method.
XVR is interactive and instructor-driven. Learning outcomes are determined by both the trainer and client. The scenario can increase or decrease in difficulty depending on how the student is progressing. Scenarios are created with the client present, so the challenges your unit faces will be incorporated into your training program.
DriveWise has in-house subject matter experts that work with our emergency management clients to build a program that is focused on any areas requiring more intensive training. This ensures that all personnel have the knowledge and prioritization skills when they arrive on-scene.
The XVR system works for all levels of emergency response. From chiefs and high level officers to front-line officials, responders get hands-on experience within their role either as a stand-alone unit or as part of a multiple-station exercise. It is also capable of inter-agency response to encourage open lines of communication between law enforcement, fire and rescue and to help define roles and tasks assigned to their position.
When you arrive at the scene of an incident, the first five minutes will determine the next five hours. By utilizing the XVR simulation system, emergency management professionals can prepare, practice and train on tactical solutions, strategic planning and emergency response using an interactive, customized and hands-on method.
What Sets Them Apart
XVR Incident Command System is instructor driven and the level of difficulty can increase or decrease depending on how the student is progressing through the scenario. Unlike most script and fixed-based incident commanders, the instructor is in full control over the elements as the scenario is running. Objects can be added or subtracted on-the-fly, depending on how the facilitator feels the student is advancing. The instructor console is also unique; it does not require any programming knowledge in order to create powerful scenarios. The instructor or subject matter expert starts with an environment and can easily drag-and-drop objects in to create a library of useful and educational scenarios.
Fire Training Officer, Don Hebner said “The simulator is very realistic and job related. Although it has more of a European flair, we look forward to taking it to the next level by adding portable communications, Canadian specific objects, and task level strategic play. It’s a great experience and brings home the incident command system. XVR is a great tool to hone your skills on and play out scenarios. I think that a lot more departments should take advantage of it.”
Company Name: DriveWise Canada, a division of Knowledge Surge Learning Solutions
HQ City & ST: Barrie, Ontario Canada
Web site: http://www.drivewisesafety.com/ or http://www.drivewisesafety.com/about-xvr
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In the 1800’s, if you could jump a candlestick without putting out the flame then good fortune was coming your way. It was a form of fortune telling. The modern version of an old poem might go something like this:
- Jack be nimble
- Jack be quick
- Jack - jump over the technical, financial, and operational candlesticks so public safety agencies can achieve a new level of situational awareness right now.
You might say that situational awareness is, for public safety agencies, the modern version of fortune telling - and JackBe can help you be good at it.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Luis Derechin, President of JackBe. JackBe’s solution provides real-time intelligence dashboards that are connected to any data or information source you need to see to help you understand any situation and respond more effectively.
Dashboards have been used in private sector business intelligence applications for a long time. As public safety agencies come to understand the value of analytics and business intelligence for their operations, these solutions have gained momentum. Dashboards can include charts, graphs, links, maps, camera feeds, documents, and more are linked to real-time information anywhere you need it.
A key to high-value common operating picture / situational awareness applications is to be able to use them for day-to-day operations, and for large scale emergency incidents. If you can also add value to planning and administration, you just about have it all – and this is what JackBe can do for you.
You can set up operational dashboards for incident management; more dashboards for analytics and business intelligence to monitor services and effectiveness; use it for the fire department, police department, emergency operations center, or planning and administrative operations - all with one tool.
JackBe brings a new way perspective to how real-time intelligence (RTI) can impact situational awareness (SA) as the table below illustrates:
JackBe is used by a number of defense agencies and has been proven in the field. It has also been used in the public and private sector for a variety of analytics and business intelligence solutions. This is a great example of an application with roots in the military, public, and private sectors that is now being brought to the public safety community.
Operational intelligence dashboards (or what are called BI dashboards in the private sector) can help public safety agencies make better decisions in the field and in the office. They can help you understand a single incident, or the long-term trends in your community. Analytics and operational dashboards will be one of the next big solutions for public safety.
“It’s all about analytics. If you are given the ability to take advantage of access to any data you need for situational, operational, or planning purposes, then that creates a myriad of possibilities to save lives, to save money; to do things better, faster, and cheaper. Leaders in the public safety community need to use data to their advantage, and we help them do that” said Luis.
If you are looking for a situational awareness, real-time intelligence, analytics, or business intelligence dashboard solution, that can be done in less time and with less funding than you thought possible, I encourage you to take a look at JackBe.
If you are a public safety focused software provider or technology services company looking to embed real-time analytics and dashboards into your solution, you might be interested to know that JackBe is looking for a few good partners to help bring their solution to public safety agencies worldwide. You might check out their partner opportunities.
Company Name: JackBe
HQ City & ST: Chevy Chase, MD
Other locations: Fremont, CA and Mexico City
Web site: www.JackBe.com
# Employees: 60+
# of Clients: 100+
Years in business: 8+
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