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Prince Albert police first in North America to use new technology

The Prince Albert Police Service will be the first in North America to try cutting-edge technology for first responders.

New tool allows first responders to see building floor plans on smartphones

A building floor plan will be displayed on smartphones and tablets for the Prince Albert Police Service when dispatched to emergencies. (Courtesy of Advance Property Exposure Canada Inc. )

The Prince Albert Police Service will be the first in North America to try cutting-edge technology for first responders.

Officers will use the Building Tactical Information System, which shows building layouts and floor plans on smartphones and tablets as the service members are en route to emergencies.

"The challenge is when you look at a building like a high school, where is the shooter? It could take 10 minutes to find them," said Paul Martin, President and Founder of Advance Property Exposure Canada. "Without digital information to say it's in room B-112, the officers have no idea of where to go. That's what this system can do." 

Floor plans of buildings in Prince Albert have been collected and placed in a digital database.

The Prince Albert Police Service will be the first in North America to use the Building Tactical Information System. (Courtesy of Advance Property Exposure Canada)

When a 9-1-1 call is received, dispatchers can find out what the inside of a building looks like and what information is relevant for first responders to have. Officers will be able to locate on their mobile devices where the reported incident took place on the floor plan.

"So officers can formulate their strategy as they open the door of their vehicle to run into that building," Martin said.

This weekend, various training scenarios will be held at Carlton Comprehensive High School to test the technology.

"We're really going to be pushing the right information to the right responder at the right time, and make it so that it's very dynamic as things evolve," said Martin.

This system will be used for a two year trial by the Prince Albert Police Service.

Saskatchewan stepped forward to partner with Advance Property Exposure Canada. The Department of Justice chose Prince Albert as the beta site.

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