Texas A&M-San Antonio Deploys Indoor Positioning Technology
Wednesday, December 05, 2018 | Comments

Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) deployed an indoor positioning solution across its entire campus. The SafeZone indoor positioning solution, provided by CriticalArc, provides the campus police with a three-dimensional view of multistory buildings.

For example, instead of receiving an alert about an incident somewhere in the student union building, they get pinpoint specifics, such as “it’s on the fourth floor, west wing, outside room 410.”

“With indoor positioning and SafeZone, we're able to provide a faster response time, whether it's a medical emergency or an active shooter,” said Roger Stearns, A&M-SA’s assistant chief of police.

The university’s Chief of Police Ron Davidson wanted to deploy the system because the campus was expanding, including a newly completed residence hall, which meant having students around the clock for the first time in A&M-SA’s history. He was committed to ensuring a safer environment for students, staff and visitors.

In addition, Davidson was in search of a common operating view that would provide the emergency operations center and all officers on patrol real-time locations of all available officers and volunteers, as well as showing the location of all incidents — essential for coordinating first responders and the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CCERT).

A&M-SA has adopted the indoor positioning solution as a standard and will deploy it in all future buildings on campus. The solution is fully supported by the university’s IT department and has been assessed for additional applications to enhance the student experience including wayfinding and research by academics in the newly completed Science and Technology Building.

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