CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- University of North Carolina Charlotte police officers dressed in SWAT gear went through training Friday morning, all while paying close attention to their iPhones.
It was part of a police training using the Effective Emergency Response Communication System (EERC). Officers, researchers and developers were on hand to evaluate the newest tool in safety.
Officers can see the best routes to go when heading into unfamiliar surroundings, like the many buildings on the UNCC campus.
"It's kind of like a GPS," said Dr. Bill Ribarsky, Chair of the UNCC Computer Science Department. "It helps police and first responders see their way around buildings in 3D.”
A command center is set up nearby and a commander is able to monitor and re-route first responders once they have plotted their precise location within a building on a digital map using their smartphones.
The Department of Risk Management Safety and Security partnered with the college of Computing and Informatics Visualization to create the app, which was funded with grants from the Department of Homeland Security ($100,000) and the Institute of Defense ($600,000).