BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 16, 2013 – Technology initiatives assist Virginia Tech’s police department, emergency planners, and facility managers to make campus a safer and more secure place.
These projects illustrate ways that Virginia Tech works to protect students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus from both natural and man-made hazards.
Both new and ongoing initiatives were showcased at a meeting organized by Converged Technologies for Security, Safety and Resilience. Application developers and project leaders from Information Technology, the Office of Emergency Management, and Virginia Tech Police; research faculty from the Center for Geospatial Information Technology and the Center for Embedded Systems for Critical Applications; and regional emergency communications managers offered six presentations and six posters on the following topics
“Our goal is to convene a meeting each year to share these initiatives with the university community,” said Brenda van Gelder, executive director of Converged Technologies for Security, Safety and Resilience. “We welcome participation from other university departments or student groups that are interested in participating or attending future meetings.”
Video of the presentations, as well as slide sets, and PDF versions of the posters are available on the Converged Technologies Annual Meeting page.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.
Converged Technologies for Security, Safety, and Resilience works within Information Technology as a liaison with the Office of Emergency Management and the Virginia Tech Police, applying information technology expertise and applied knowledge to emerging issues related to security and safety on campus.
The group brings together capabilities for innovation and support of geospatial sciences applications, facilitates deployment of broadband, and new technologies, and they manage digital identities and authorizations for Virginia Tech's faculty, staff, and students.