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Virginia Startup Offers RTLS Solution for Live Shooter Training
Momentum Aerospace Group's offering incorporates Zebra's ultra-wideband-based real-time location system to help law-enforcement organizations measure and analyze trainees' performance.
Feb 03, 2016—
Several federal agencies are currently in discussions with Momentum Aerospace Group (MAG), a provider of real-time situational-awareness technology and services, based in Woodbridge, Va., about testing a real-time location system (RTLS) to help manage training programs, such as active-shooter drills and shoothouses (live ammunition shooting ranges). The technology, known as TeamWorks, consists of Zebra Technologies' ultra-wideband (UWB) tags and readers to identify an individual's location (within inches) during training, as well as to capture sensor-based data, such as that person's heart rate and speed as he or she moves through training. The solution was developed by MAG, Zebra's Location Solutions division and Renaissance Sciences Corp. (RSC).
Francis Hoang, MAG's chief strategy officer, previously led a law-enforcement tactical team and served with the U.S. Army Special Forces in Afghanistan, and is personally familiar with the challenges related to training. Typically, a space dedicated for training events, such as a single building or campus of buildings, is filled with trainees and actors to simulate a tactical scenario (such as an active shooter). When the process is tracked manually—which is usually the case—several trainers watch the action, sometimes from above on a catwalk But with large numbers of trainees moving through a space quickly, it can be difficult to properly assess each participant's skills.
In addition, Hoang says, sharing the results of the training with students is not easy if the information gained was already sketchy, at best. "Almost universally," he states, "the instructors have just about five minutes to gather a group and tell them the results."National Football League players on football fields (see The NFL's Next Generation Statistics and RFID Drafted to Track NFL Players' Every Move During Games), and recognized that police and military operators could benefit from the same tracking technology. The tags transmit a signal 20 times each second to readers located 600 to 1,000 feet away, Hoang reports.
RSC offers a software package that uses MotionWorks' location data for what the company calls its application-specific instrumentation packages (A-SIPs), each of which is a miniaturized package of measurement devices required to match data needs to observational requirements, based on a training exercise's particular learning objectives. For instance, Kleinsorge says, if trainers are interested in the position and orientation of a trainee's torso, then an A-SIP can be used that is composed of RFID tags with supporting software from Zebra's MotionWorks. Once data is captured, the RCS software measures each individual's performance.
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