Last Thursday Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Blueforce Development Corporation (Salem, Mass.) announced a partnership to deliver information mobility and advanced situational awareness for human-to-human and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interactions using Verizon Wireless’ network and services.
“The nature of national security is changing. Now its small units striking at the same time who wish to do harm,” said Mike Helfrich, CEO of Blueforce Development. “It’s about mobility.”
According to Blueforce, using Blueforce Tactical (BTAC), a smartphone can be turned into an unattended ground sensor or a gyroscope/accelerometer. The smartphone can track pixilation on cameras, or determine if a firefighter in a burning building is standing up or lying down motionless.
The smartphones can be person-attached or unattended sensors that simultaneously permit secure information exchange between wireless devices and networks, according to Blueforce.
It can also be utilized in quick-reaction scenarios including force/hostage rescue; medical instances on the battlefield; unattended chemical/biological (CBRNE) sensor normalization; critical infrastructure protection; border protection and disaster response. Sensor normalization and sensor sharing between users and machine systems has included chemical, explosive, motion, seismic, accelerometer/gyroscope, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and a variety of thermal and day camera systems. Life safety sensors have included heart rate, respiration, body temperature and pulse oximetry.
“There is a tremendous value to having data at any given time,” said Gene Haffner, federal accounts manager at Verizon Wireless. “M2M is a true force multiplier and now its customizable to minimize loses and predict risk before they happen.”
“Whether it’s for our war fighters, homeland security personnel, law enforcement or first responders, information mobility is the critical component that enables them to quickly make better decisions,” said Helfrich. “The ability to share actionable mission information and telemetry data between these teams provides for unprecedented mission efficiency and life safety. Our relationship with Verizon Wireless allows us to work together to deliver accelerated and complementary wireless data solutions for our prospective customers who work on the front lines of national security.”