Welcome to a brand new episode of IoT Nuggets with BH IoT Group! Today, Doug and Steve are joined by a special guest. Alex Brickner, co-founder and chief product officer of SimpleSense, is here to discuss their IoT solution, which shares emergency data with first responders.
Who is SimpleSense?
Oftentimes, when incidents unfold, there’s a lack of coordination between a security operations center on a corporate campus or military installation and first responders. They rely on phone calls and texts. SimpleSense has found that by providing a digital interface between the computerized dispatch system and some of the software used in the security operations center, they’re able to improve emergency response and reduce response times by up to three minutes.
Who Buys from SimpleSense?
The property owner, or whoever has the risk of the building and the people inside it, has a vested interest in buying a service to ensure the people they’re servicing have the highest safety and security. Many customers are security and safety teams on military installations, called the mission support group on Air Force installations, which manage the security operation centers.
What’s the ROI?
ROI in the security industry is always really tricky. There is an insurance impact if reduced response times are shown, because the odds for a successful outcome improve by about 10% for every minute saved.
What are the Biggest Challenges?
Government organizations, Air Force, military installations, and corporate campuses all work together, intentionally or unintentionally, on emergency response, but most of the time they don’t speak to each other on a day-to-day basis and have different jargon to interpret. SimpleSense translates that problem set into military enterprise and public safety, then convey that value proposition in a way that fits within their framework.
How Does IoT Fit In?
The next phases of development for SimpleSense involve integrating the 911 emergency response data with other information that exists on the campus that’s collected from IoT sensors. For example, a building information management system occupancy sensor can combine with 911 data to indicate that if there’s an emergency unfolding near that building, it may be empty or full of people, which would change the nature of the response.
Thanks for Joining Us!
We loved having the opportunity to hear from the people that are making the world a safer place.
If you’d like to talk about your IoT strategy, please contact Steve and John of BH IoT Group.
We’ll see you next time!