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Ordia Solutions introduces Mobile Tactical Collaboration System for first responders

MANASSAS, VA and ATLANTIC CITY, NJ—At Police Security Expo 2007, Ordia Solutions announced the availability of its Mobile Tactical Collaboration System™ (MTCS) solution for law enforcement, fire / EMS, and search and rescue agencies, and for fusion and emergency operation centers. This marks a major milestone in Ordia Solutions’ efforts to drive effective and interoperable communication, collaboration, coordination, command and control among first responders as they prepare for, execute, and analyze multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary responses to complex operations.

As chief engineer of a cutting-edge command and control (C2) system successfully fielded to the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division in 2004, Joe E Ordia returned from Iraq to see the chaotic response to both Asian tsunami and Katrina. “After witnessing first hand the operational benefits that collaborative C2 technology has brought to the U.S. military” Ordia said, “I saw an urgent need to bring a similar capability to first responders.” Ordia co-founded Ordia Solutions in 2005 and serves as CEO.

Developed using standards-based Web 2.0 technologies, MTCS is the first of a new generation of intuitive, easy-to-use browser-based solutions that addresses the “5Cs of Interoperability” for first responders: Communication, Collabora-tion, Coordination, Command and Control. MTCS can be securely hosted inside an agency’s firewall and is available as a lightweight client for browser-enabled devices such as desktop PCs and mobile data terminals but requires no client installation. When timely communication is critical, a picture is worth a thousand words. By allowing first responders to share their understanding and intentions visually and with the aid of real-time voice communication, MTCS maximizes information sharing and enhances situational awareness. According to Colonel Robert Akam, Task Force Katrina, “If rescue and law enforcement agencies had this capability, we could have eliminated face-to-face meetings to conduct interagency planning with much greater fidelity.”

Mobile Tactical Collaboration System is continuously being updated based on real-world feedback from law enforcement, fire / EMS, search and rescue, emergency operation and fusion center personnel. n

Published in Public Safety IT, Jul/Aug 2007

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