Prominent Edge Improves Fire Safety Through Open Source
NOKESVILLE, Va., Nov. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Prominent Edge LLC is proud to announce it's graduation from the NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program - the first such company to do so. Through a grant from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), Prominent Edge developed StatEngine, a real-time open source data analytics and visualization platform for public safety organizations. StatEngine currently powers NFORS, the National Fire Operations Reporting System. NFORS is a fire service analytical system, the most comprehensive way to get accurate and real-time information to help fire service leaders assure adequate fire resources, optimize fire operations, reduce firefighter injury and death, minimize civilian injury and death, and minimize property loss. Fire Departments can access StatEngine through the National Fire Operations Reporting System at www.nfors.org or www.statengine.io.
In the public safety sector, effective data analysis often requires proprietary software licenses, specialized knowledge of tools, and in-house technical expertise. Unfortunately, these tools are cost prohibitive for the majority of public safety organizations across the country. "We created StatEngine because effectively exploiting data analytics is too complex, inefficient, and expensive for wide scale public safety organization adoption," said Syrus Mesdaghi, Prominent Edge CEO. StatEngine, and specifically its application through NFORS, solves this problem.
Proprietary solutions have enabled some adoption by public safety organizations in the data analysis and visualization market, but these platforms vendor lock the organization, require expensive maintenance fees, and lack the ability for the organization to customize the software to fit their needs. When asked to comment on the impact to public safety organizations of all sizes, Tyler Garner, Prominent Edge COO, also a Volunteer Firefighter, said that, "Even well funded public safety organizations do not have powerful analytics in real-time. In fact, they have to spend a considerable amount on man-hours and licensing fees to generate a fraction of what is possible with the right tools." StatEngine significantly lowers the total cost, technical complexity, and time required for collecting and analyzing public safety data.
The StatEngine service aligns with the NIST Public Safety Analytics R&D Roadmap, and as more Fire Departments and public safety organizations sign on to StatEngine, they all seek to benefit from future enhancements. Currently, public safety data repositories cannot share historical data which prevents public safety organizations from discovering potential trends and making improved predictions. Of the company's move to make StatEngine open-source, Tyler Garner added, "We wanted to open source StatEngine from the beginning because every one of the approximately 27,000 Fire Departments in the United States should benefit from this technology". Prominent Edge seeks to improve public safety across the country by providing this service to any public safety organization.
Funding Attribution: This work was performed under the following financial assistance award 70NANB17H161 from U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
About Prominent Edge LLC: Prominent Edge (https://prominentedge.com) is a US-based software development firm that builds impactful digital web, mobile, and geospatial solutions for the government and commercial clients using proven open-source and commercial technologies. Experts at delivering exceptional user experiences across multiple platforms Prominent Edge takes pride in bringing the right expertise, at the right time, for the right duration. Prominent Edge is a SBA 8a-Certified company.
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