Michael Helfrich, CEOInnovative engineering of the 21st century has rolled out a limitless supply of technologies and gadgets that have a profound effect on every individual’s lifestyle. Collectively, this is changing the face of civilization as a whole, with the advent of practical and viable implementations of smart city solutions. Every building block that plays a part in this all-encompassing technology—from smartphones to Internet of Things (IoT) equipments, autonomous vehicles, environmental sensors, biotelemetry sensors, human emergency signaling, other commercial surveillance cameras and sensors—has its own dedicated path of communication, data format, and data viewer. To counter the challenges that arise due to the collaboration of extraneous infrastructures, devices, and information services, Newburyport, MA headquartered, Blueforce Development provides its class of fusion platforms. “Organizations can leverage legacy sensors while ensuring a rapidly extensible path to newer technologies through a ‘system of systems’ approach,” explains Michael Helfrich, CEO, Blueforce Development.
Blueforce perceives the ongoing trends in providing smart city solutions such as smart streetlights, smart parking meters, and smart trashcans as only the surface; the real focus is on resource optimization and public safety. “For cities powered by aging nuclear power plants, there is real value in distributed detection of radiological emissions released into the atmosphere,” Helfrich points. “This is just one example of connected emergency management sensing.” Speed and shared awareness of the entire IoT system that allows actionable information to get to the right people at the right time is a game-changing experience. Blueforce achieves the essential momentum of information exchange with its decentralized mobile architecture and machine fusion services.
The Blueforce product line offers a diverse range of solutions addressing the needs of personal, metropolitan, and federal causes. Blueforce’s border and perimeter protection solutions that are delivered to U.S. counter-terrorism agencies use a technology that provides adaptive responses to human and narcotics trafficking across borders. From a user’s perspective, Blueforce delivers personal protection, leveraging the existing potential of an individual’s smartphone, through its BlueBeacon software, which facilitates personal security alerting, while also integrating with external dispatch systems and other applications.
For cities powered by aging nuclear power plants, there is real value in distributed detection of radiological emissions released into the atmosphere
Whereas, its transit specific solution—Blueforce Tactical—deployed across multiple U.S. states, turns every law enforcement office into a sensing platform by extending the smartphone to detect chemical, radiological, and other life safety hazards.
Elucidating further on this subject, Helfrich cites the use case of a major East Coast metropolitan police department—a top 5 law enforcement agency—as an example of Blueforce’s proficiency in delivering smart city solutions. In an effort to defy terror threats proactively and assist law enforcers account for a safer city, Blueforce Tactical was deployed. Transit police officers and their police K9s can now don wearable trackers— on their belts—which in addition to acting as a radiological, multi-gas, and explosive detector, also aids in proximity sensing. “They can have an awareness of each other, search and discover officers with specific core competencies in the vicinity—like emergency medical, bomb squads or K9s,” extols Helfrich. The K9s have added real-time streaming, static and streaming imagery equipment fitted to them that deliver off-leash and unmanned missions.
Employing a workforce that has a good proportion of war veterans, firefighters, and first responders, Helfrich believes that the right technology when handed to people with hands-on experience in public security and defense, can enable better decisions that save lives. With their focus set on establishing partnerships with cutting-edge sensor manufacturers, advanced analytics manufacturers, wearable cameras and video analytics, Blueforce plans to leap ahead in the smart city game. “We are agile in what we do and we plan to stay that way, as the market is dynamic and changing everyday,” assures Helfrich.