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Mobile computing hardware with embedded mobile GIS solutions

U.S based Xybernaut Corporation and FiRST Responder Systems & Technology have 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. Xybernaut Corporation is the 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. FiRST Responder Systems & Technology is a provider of public safety GIS, HazMat and data sharing software solutions.

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 on 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 being held this year in New Orleans, LA. 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.