Updated September 24, 2010
Pearl River Louisiana
Police Chief Advocates Virtual Command
In Reelection Campaign
Recently, the St. Tammany News, in St. Tammany Parish Louisiana interviewed several police chief candidates. One of the candidates was a strong supporter of
Virtual Command Technology. The following abstracted interview reflects Police Chief Bennie Raynor's view and plans.
Benjamin “Bennie” Raynor has been chief of police in Pearl River for 28 years. He is seeking his ninth term of office. Prior to serving as chief,
he worked three years as an officer with the department and prior to that he worked as a reserve with the Sheriff’s Office. He has lived in Pearl River
since the early 1980s.
What is your law enforcement experience and are you post certified? What other certifications do you hold? Law enforcement experience over 31 years -
Three years with St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office Reserves; three years as officer with Pearl River, then 28 years certified post 1980, also certifications in
jail standards and management, homicide investigation, hostage negotiations, bomb technical traning, ATF and SWAT training.
What kind of technology do you think the department should take advantage of and use, and how would you propose funding it? I would like to fund virtual command technology with grants.
With virtual command technology officers no longer have to go in blind to a incident such as active shooters or robbery. I know this sounds like a TV show but East Baton Rouge Parish has this technology
Updated September 5, 2010
Rick Russotti Interviews NetTalon
on Mitigation Journal PodCast
The purpose of Mitigation Journal is to share information across disciplines - traditional and non-traditional responders. The journal looks at identified threats
and future potentials; delivering the information so its meaningful every day...not just when the “big one” hits.
Mitigation Journal started with a blog in November 2005 - which continues today- and evolved into the podcast in December 2006. The number
of readers and listeners continues to grow and Mitigation Journal Podcast is listened to by thousands of emergency responders and agency leaders each week.
Based in Rochester, NY, Mitigation Journal is read and heard in several countries outside of the United Sates.
Rick Russotti is the host and producer of Mitigation Journal. Rick retired in 2009 as a Battalion Chief after twenty-one
years of service and continues to work as a paramedic in Monroe County. Rick is a featured speaker at regional EMS conferences as well as training sessions
across the country sponsored by the Public Health Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and National Association of City and County Health Officials.
Look at NetTalon and how they save lives of responders and civilians
by Rick Russotti
We're all about situational awareness. Numerous articles and sources have talked about the use of civilians as forward observers...that is,
those who are engaged in a situation being part of the solution be providing first-hand data to responders. The best example of this is the
cell phone videos that make it to mainstream media; those videos taken by civilians who are actually there and perhaps in harms way. Even more
recently we've discussed how many 9-1-1 dispatch centers were now accepting emergency calls via text messaging. Suffice to say, those in the
midst of a situation have technology available to get important data out to responders.
What about taking that accidental intel gathering and making it more sophisticated, real-time, without putting anyone in harms way? Interested?
Well, that is exactly what NetTalon has done with their Virtual Command Incident Management technology. Also known as NetTalon System 3000,
this command system allows for immediate notification of an event and faster dispatch of appropriate resources. They also integrate any
pre-incident plans for a given location. There is a viewing component that keeps responders situational aware at a near real-time pace;
who is under attack, who is safe or in an area of refuge...The Virtual Command technology also sets responder up for success by encouraging
incident planning en-route a faster execution of strategy upon arrival.
I had an opportunity to have Donald Jones, Director of Corporate Development, and Ronald DuBois, Director of Administration and Finance at
NetTalon join me on Mitigation Journal Podcast edition 187 for an in-depth look at NetTalon and the Virtual Command technology. What you'll
hear on Mitigation Journal Podcast this week is perhaps the most invigorating news on the topic of threat mitigation I've heard in a long time.
Updated July 30, 2010
NetTalon Demonstrates Virtual Command
at 37th Annual Conference
Louisiana Assocation Chiefs of Police
NetTalon successfully demonstrated Virtual Command Technology at the 37th Annual Conference of the Louisiana Association Chiefs of Police on July 20-22 in Lake Charles, LA. The
conference is hosted by Chief Carlos Stout, Carenco Police Department and the L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort.
NetTalon and American Integration Contractors
are Platinum Sponsors of the Annual Conference and Trade Show. Technology discussed include the Baton Rouge Virtual Command Network, the Virtual Command Starter Package and
Safe Room Technology.
Published March 30, 2010
American Integration Contractors
Safe Room Technology
American Integration Contractors introduces Safe Room Technology as part of its Virtual Command Technology product suite. Safe Room Technology was successfully demonstrated
in Baton Rouge, LA in May 2008 when Virtual Command was shown to mitigate the "Active Shooter" on campus scenario. The SWAT teams participating in the drill were
from the following agencies: Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department, and the Louisiana State Police. Emergency medical response was
provided by Baton Rouge EMS which independently compiled the results. In addition 120 civilian student role players, teachers and administrators participated in
this drill. The following figure illustrates the results of the 2-day "Active Shooter" drills.
Safe Room Technology includes:
- Fortified classroom doors that are modified with armored lock plates that protect the lock and latch, electric Grade A locks with remote release and an electrofied hinge.
- Door windows (vision lites), glass doors and glass-fronts adjacent to a door are protected by bullet resistant plastic glass laminate.
- Blue strobe light at the entrance to identify them as a refuge room.
- Amber strobe lights placed at 30' intervals in corridors which activate during an emergency.
- Covert cameras that activate during an emergency to provide real-time video information to first responders.
- Signaling Stations integrated to the secusity system that activate during and emergency to provide responding units the with the status of the room; e.g., under attack, momentarily safe and, or wounded in the room.
- Emergency events are triggered using wireless key fobs carried by faculty and staff
Safe Computer Laboratory
Published February 3, 2010
Virtual Command Technology
demonstrated at the
Microsoft Public Safety Symposium
NetTalon's Virtual Command Technology was demonstrated recently at the Microsoft Public Safety Symposium held in Redmond, WA between January 26-29, 2010.
NetTalon's Remote Monitoring Software (RMS) was loaded on a Xplore Technologies iX104C4 ruggedized computer. The iX104C4 is powered by an Intel dual core processor which enables it
to utilize the full power of Windows operating systems: Vista Business and XP Tablet PC Edition. This powerful combination enables organizations to distribute
more applications in the field and increase worker productivity. Tim Killion, Sales Manager – Major Accounts for Xplore Technologies worked with
NetTalon's Brian Whitaker to demonstrate Virtual Command Technology "Security", "Fire" and "Active Shooter" applications to interested symposium attendees.
We would like to publically thank Tim Killion for choosing NetTalon to demonstrate Xplore Technologies rugged mobile computers and Virtual Command Technology.
Published January 14, 2010
American Integration Contractors
Journal of Virtual Command Technology
NetTalon congratulates American Integration Contractors on the publication of its "Journal of Virtual Command Technology (JVCC)". This monthly publication is
designed to educate its readers on the technology of Virtual Command.
In its premiere Special Security Edition, the journal features articles on Understanding "Safe Rooms", the testing behind the concept and how architects and engineers
can contribute to improved security and life safety in public and private buildings by incorporating the principals of Virtual Command Technology in their designs.
Click to read and download the Journal of Virtual Command Technology.