California Fire Department Deploys 45 Samsung Devices
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 | Comments

Corona (California) Fire Department purchased Samsung mobile devices equipped with Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) and ImageTrend software. The 45 Samsung Galaxy Tab S4s and S10s will improve communications and streamline reports for the city’s firefighters and paramedics.

Secured by Samsung Knox security platform, the devices are safely encrypted and HIPAA compliant. The devices leverage ATAK to deliver geolocated livestreamed content in topographic maps. First responders have advanced mapping at their disposal while on the go, from drawing a geofence around a hot zone to locating a lost or injured hiker in the mountains, using livestreamed drone footage to direct rescuers on the ground.

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to champion the use of ATAK as an all-risk tool for first responders, and we’ve been really impressed with how Galaxy devices elevate the use of ATAK in the field,” said Capt. Andreas Johansson, Corona Fire Department. “From the long-lasting power, to high-quality display, they pack the power of a personal computer and give our teams the seamless work experience we need.”

For Corona’s EMS personnel, having a tablet allows mobile access to online medical databases and clinical encyclopedias and enables communications via translation for patients who speak different languages than their responding EMS personnel. Data entry capabilities have also been upgraded through cloud-based records management software (RMS), which streamlines EMS reporting and allows responders to complete all necessary intake forms on the go instead of waiting to return to the station.

Located in southern California, the city of Corona’s fire department serves a population of more than 200,000 people and fields about 13,000 emergency calls every year. Given the recent increase in regional wildfires, as well as the need for frequent remote rescues in Corona’s recreational areas, advanced technology is crucial.

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