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Research Article

Assessing the Value and Utility Of Advanced Technologies for First Responders in a School Shooting Scenario

Michael E. Kennedy*

President & CEO, UNEQ Consulting, Georgia, Russia

*Corresponding Author:
Michael E. Kennedy
President & CEO
UNEQ Consulting, Georgia, Russia
Tel: +762-822-8558
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Received date: July 21, 2014; Accepted date: July 25, 2014; Published date: August 05, 2014

Citation: Michael E. Kennedy (2014) Assessing the Value and Utility of Advanced Technologies for First Responders in a School Shooting Scenario. Lovotics 2:108. doi:10.4172/2090-9888.10000108

Copyright: © 2014 Michael E. Kennedy. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited

Abstract

Drawing from the experience of our military forces over the past decade, First Responders are just now starting to realize the benefits of employing unmanned systems. For more than a decade, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) have proven their value to the United States military. Law Enforcement personnel are learning to employ UAS and UGV against perpetrators of crimes in a variety ways, most importantly to respond to disaster scenarios. Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel could employ these technologies to help find lost personnel, identify the magnitude and map the area of a fire, and respond to hazardous situations or natural disasters, among many other functions. One of the most important scenarios in which First Responders could employ them is a school shooting. With the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, our nation is struggling to find solutions. This article describes an experiment conducted December 3-6 to assess the value and utility of a UGV, a UAS, and a technology that distributed the video feeds from them to iPhones, Androids, and other viewing devices to the First Responder, in a school shooting scenario.

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