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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.
By Claire Swedberg

The software compares location data against parameters for behavior during the training event. "When a group of four trainees are lined up outside a door, we want the system to recognize that this behavior is part of the standard tactics, techniques and procedures [TTPs]," Kleinsorge explains. Once the software can recognize that the trainees are properly lined up according to TTPs, he says, it "can evaluate their performance in that context. For example, were they lined up in the right order?"

By using handheld tablets—which RSC calls instructor/operator stations—trainers can access the RSC software to view maps of the training area, as well as icons indicating where individuals are located in real time. They can also view historical location data.

Typically, a trainee would wear two Zebra Dart tags, which are the size of a quarter, or the tags could be placed on weapons.
The RSC software not only can offer a virtual view of a facility and show the tactical position of individuals as they move around it, but it can also integrate with a user's existing weapon training system, such as Milo Range Pro, by feeding location, orientation and any sensor data into that system.

Although there have not yet been any deployments or pilots, Hoang says, the solution would work this way: Zebra's quarter-size Dart UWB RFID tags each come with a unique ID number linked to the identity of the individual wearing that tag. Typically, two tags would be worn, he notes—one on each shoulder. They can also be placed on an object, such as a rifle, pistol or stun grenade. Weapons can be linked to specific trainees.

Individuals would be given their instructions (typically to disarm or take down an active shooter), and would then enter the training area. Dart receivers installed throughout the area would capture the tags' ID numbers at a distance of up to 1,000 feet, and transmit that information to a hub running the MotionWorks and RSC software, via a cabled connection. The location data from the MotionWorks system is forwarded to the RSC software, and operators can review the information in real time, or after the training is finished, in order to assess how the individual moved around the area. The system can determine not only a trainee's location, but also his or her orientation (where he or she was facing) and that of a weapon. Analytical data can include distance traveled, average speed, top speed or other performance statistics, as well as sensor data.

In the near future, Hoang says, TeamWorks will include Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radios, enabling the Dart tag to collect data from sensors, such as heart rate measurements from Bluetooth-enabled devices worn by trainees. The sensors could take measurements—for instance, heart rate or moisture level (indicating sweat)—and emit that data to a Bluetooth receiver built into the Dart tag. That information would, in turn, be sent to the Dart receivers, along with the tag's unique ID.

The company demonstrated its technology at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference, held in September 2015. Since then, it has been speaking with a variety of agencies, both federal and local, regarding how the technology might be deployed or piloted within their organizations.

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