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University of Windsor PD Receives Technology Innovation Award

Date: 2012-03-27
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University of Windsor's Community Police receive the Microsoft Technology Innovation 2012 Award (MTIA) - FIRST educational institute to ever win this award.

At last month’s Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Conference (Toronto, Ontario), the Microsoft Technology Innovation 2012 Award (MTIA) was presented to Sgt. Chris Zelezney & Director Michael MacKinnon on behalf of the University of Windsor’s Community Police.   Presenting this award was: Superintendent Bill Moore (Halifax Regional Police Service, Co-Chair CACP Informatics Committee, co-Chair CACP Informatics Committee), Mr. Michael Doucet (Chief Information Officer, RCMP, Co-Chair CACP Informatics Committee) and Ms. Michelle Evraire (Public Safety and Justice Canadian Lead, Microsoft Canada Co).

The MTIA award is a joint initiative between Microsoft Canada, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the CACP informatics Committee. Projects submitted are of work done by individuals and teams that incorporate new ideas demonstrating creativity and innovation in using technology to help in the advancement of policing, specifically for the front-line service providers. This award is not just about the technology itself, but a celebration and a raising of awareness of the efforts that teams and individuals are doing to contribute to the national best practices within policing and public safety. The double honour is that the University of Windsor is the first educational institution to have received this prestigious award. The “University of Windsor – A Team Approach” project was set apart for their work in incorporating technology into their organization allowing for the sharing of information in real-time between multiple organizations to increase interoperability among public safety departments – college and corresponding regional, provincial and federal first responders.

The University’s emergency management program is headed by Sgt. Chris Zelezney. He engaged software consultant Cynthia Weeden, CEO of FutureShield Inc., and his IT department in the evaluation, implementation and training of the software needed to build the current system and program within the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) at the University. A mandatory requirement of this software was that it would integrate and complement his current technologies and emergency policies and procedures. Cynthia Weeden and the IT department ensured that all of the products worked in a Microsoft environment with SQL databases and Bing mapping to support the University standards.

Combined with the acquisition of Mir3 mass notification software, termed UWindsor Alert™; WebEOC™ emergency operations centre software and EmerGeo Fusionpoint™, emergency mapping and situational awareness software, the University prepared for the integration of multiple technologies, with the goal of each one working in a symbiotic relationship collectively in emergencies.

Some of the current capabilities of the EOC (on-campus and virtual):

  • Instant Mass Emergency Notifications - Text, cell phones, campus and non-campus numbers and emails – 20,000 contacts – option to segment to emergency zones, campus departments, buildings, floors.
  • Surveillance cameras - Monitors pre-determined evacuation routes, medical triage sites and can be focused to monitor the progress of a building evacuation through the EOC software – even virtually (first of its kind)
  • EOC Dashboard – Common Operating Picture – including GIS mapping and plume modeling software, sharing of information, RSS Feeds.
  • Software Integration - In case of an emergency lockdown, this can be securely facilitated by authorized users from anywhere in the world. Integration with national level government response agencies for wider interoperability during a response if necessary.

For more information, see

- People, Places & Things/ (via University of Windsor, 2/24/12)



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