Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Freaky Friday 2015.3

Our winners (left to right) Daniel, Abby, Geoff, Yusuke, Frank, Cindy, Justin, Minh, Tim, and James! 
Our developers spent some time last week flexing their creative muscles during the third Freaky Friday event of 2015, and then got to share their projects during The Reckoning.

This quarterly event is intended to give our developers a chance to step back from their usual duties and work on any project they choose.

This quarter’s theme was Act, so our developers’ projects centered on taking action within Visual Command Center. Some of these projects were for fun, and others could end up in future versions of our software.

Here are the projects and the winners:

A screenshot from the winning project!
Frank Tan, Minh Pham and Andrew Winkle (First Place) worked on a distress signal which would let a field team member or remote employee alert the command center when they are in danger. The tool also included a chat room that opens in Visual Command Center that connects command center operators with the employee in need of help.

Dan Lipsy worked on making Visual Command Center Alert templates and messages more responsive on mobile devices using QR codes and on desktop using direct links to each alert, as well as buildings and employees impacted.

James Harley, Cindy Wilkinson, Tim Root & Steve Dunn (Sixth Place) worked on Project Command Center, a tool that would help improve collaboration between IDV Solutions teams as they work on developing and implementing Visual Command Center.

Peter Tirrell’s project visualized the occurrence of past risk events in Visual Command Center, to try to predict the likelihood of future events happening in that area. Organizations could use this information as part of their risk preparedness efforts. 

Yusuke's project combined a line detection algorithm
with a line of sight calculator on floorplans.
Joe Baker developed a way for organizations to share new Visual Command Center alerts via social media, which could enable proactive communication during an emergency.

Yusuke Hasegawa (Fifth Place) combined a line detection algorithm with a line of sight calculator to create smart floorplans that can show the visibility from a point in the building. This could be used to determine where on a floorplan to install cameras or station security guards based on visibility on the floor.
Oscar and Andy's project showing a different perspective
 for supply chain routes.

Oscar Fandino and Andy Li in our Orlando office built a Supply Chain Route Diagram, which provides a different perspective for a supply chain route/stop points in Visual Command Center for Supply Chain. The diagram is scaled to show route details and provides a sequential depiction of the route along with the route flow.

Geoff O'Donnell (Second Place) worked on bringing traffic cameras into the forthcoming HTML version of VCC, and developed an application that displays selected cameras on a second screen as operators continue to work in VCC.

A screenshot from Geoff's project (click to enlarge).
Daniel Briggs (Fourth Place) designed a checklist application that provides guidance on next steps for command center operators handling alerts in Visual Command Center based on the alert type and the organization’s standard operating procedures.

Justin Hoffman created project templates that can be deployed via NuGet. The project templates aim to make it easier for IDV developers to create client-side modules for future versions IDV’s HTML5 client application.

Abby Hill (Third Place) designed a game called Alien Alert, in which the player uses laser bombs to defend the remaining human population from an interstellar assault!
Abby's project: Alien Alert!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Command center software displayed at ASIS, CSCMP and DRJ

The IDV team hit exhibit floors last week helping companies take command of risk during three shows: ASIS International’s 61st Annual Seminar and Exhibits, CSCMP’s Annual Conference and Disaster Recovery Journal Fall World.

We got to talk to hundreds of people about Visual Command Center and how it empowers the command centers of some of the largest companies in the world. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and helped us make these events such huge successes!

We were also excited to announce and show off several new Visual Command Center extensions, including and Lenel OnGuard. Click here to read the press release. 

If you missed us at the show or would like more information about how command center software can help your organization, click here to contact us.

About Visual Command Center
Our command center software provides a real-time, common operating picture of a company’s assets, personnel, supply chain and operations in relation to potential threats to those assets. It unites information on global sources of risk, like weather, terrorism, and natural disasters, with data from internal sources and command center systems on an interactive map and timeline. 

When a risk is detected near an asset or employee location, Visual Command Center automatically generates an alert and provides tools to assess whether the risk is a threat and take immediate action to mitigate the impact of the threat.

Visual Command Center has been deployed by customers in a variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications, energy and others to protect people and assets, ensure business continuity and develop risk resilient organizations.

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