September 20, 2011
VANCOUVER, BC—In Motion Technology, the leader in mobile networking technologies that efficiently connect and manage equipment, information and people in the field, announced today that it has been awarded a state-wide contract for an Automatic Vehicle Location System (AVLS) for the trauma care network for Georgia. Phase 1 implementation is now complete, and it is expected that Phase 2 initial deployment will be completed by September 30, 2011.
The Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission (GTCNC), the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS), and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are developing a state-wide AVLS to provide a display of ambulance positions and to advise EMS agencies and hospitals of the closest appropriate facility to transport or transfer patients, specifically in a state of emergency or a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI). The challenge is to integrate over 200 existing EMS agencies each with their own independent communications technology. One of the goals of the program is to implement AVLS to all primary 911 Zone Providers, in order to provide the citizens of Georgia with a powerful trauma and mass casualty incident management system including an advanced telemedicine technology infrastructure.
During the initial pilot phase of this contract, the GTCNC purchased 200 Mobile Gateways for Georgia EMS Regions 5 and 6. The Gateways had to integrate with the GEMA/HS Geographic Tool for visualization & Collaboration (GTVC), a geographic information system used for managing resources during responses to emergencies and homeland security incidents developed by GTRI.
"With our partners, GTRI and In Motion Technology, we will be able to provide the Georgia state-wide AVLS to better coordinate response actions in crisis situations," said Dennis W. Ashley, MD, FACS, FCCM, chair, Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission (GTCNC). "The network communications platform is an essential component of Georgia’s trauma system regionalization and will produce the highest possible value for Georgians' investment in trauma care."
In Motion Technology's onBoard™ Mobile Gateway turns ambulances into wireless hotspots, providing seamless, secure connectivity to laptops, EKG/ECGs, RFID tags, vehicle diagnostic systems and advanced GPS/AVL systems. The onBoard™ Mobility Manager provides each EMS agency and command center with the ability to analyze information from Gateways in the field via a dashboard which shows ambulance locations, and monitors vehicle diagnostics, devices and networks.
"We needed a communications platform that would complement the existing communications and dispatch networks at over 200 agencies across the state," said Kirk Pennywitt, senior research engineer at GTRI. "The challenge was effectively connecting multiple agencies with a single platform that could also accommodate future technologies and applications."
Now in the second phase of this program, GEMA/HS has secured federal grant funds for an additional 200-400 Gateways. In Motion Technology's solution enables improved resource deployment, vehicle management, dispatch, messaging and operations for each EMS agency and provides GTCNC & GEMA/HS designated Command Centers with a clearer picture of EMS operations for emergency response.