Tablet PC’s help Phoenix, AZ Homeland Defense Team Stay Connected

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Tablet PC’s help Phoenix, AZ Homeland Defense Team Stay Connected

The “Phoenix Homeland Defense Team” in Arizona is made up of fire, police, public health and city emergency management.  Arizona is the first state in the country to incorporate this concept in order to protect Phoenix’s more than 1.25 million residents.

This team was faced with a great challenge to exchange data between the different departments since they work seperately, but need to maintain constant communication to work as a team.  Enter lead IT specialists for the Phoenix Fire Department, Theron Kelso.

By incorporating Tablet PC’s into the system, members of the team are able to record and exchange data out in the field with the ease of regular “pen and paper”.

“The Tablets are communication tools. They’re also data collection tools,” said Kelso. “They also have mapping abilities, and they’re easy to use. They’re perfect for firefighters’ use.”

“Recently there was an accidental chlorine leak at a chemical company in Glendale near Phoenix,” explained Wren. “It was a large-scale coordination effort between police and fire because a chlorine cloud formed over the city.”

During this dangerous incident, Wren accessed maps, marked designated areas for evacuation and even tracked the path of the toxic chlorine cloud on his Tablet PC.

“We even had a team member dispatched to the city manager’s office. Through an alpha page system on my Tablet PC, I could type in developments throughout the incident,” said Wren. “This was really the first time the homeland defense team had put all our planning into action.”

Because of the enhanced portability of the Tablet PC form factor, this powerful tool is commonly seen outside of the company boardrooms and being used strategically in several fields to replace paper and offer instant exchange of data.  We will continue to keep you posted on Tablet PC’s in the news, so stay tuned!


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