An article published by the Guardian last week featured Perimeter’s partnership with the Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services, highlighting the importance of new incident response technologies as fires continue to spread across California.
Palo Alto OES director Ken Dueker stated in the article that emergency response units rely on outdated technologies like paper maps and two-way radio, without taking advantage of geospatial tools that have continued to advance in recent years. As Perimeter CEO Bailey Farren notes, the Perimeter platform will bring these tools into the hands of first responders, while also becoming a resource for evacuees in the future.
As noted in the article, “Glitches in software and outdated maps have been reported in the warning systems used to alert people in the path of the flames during several major fires in the last year. Perimeter hopes to partner with notification organizations to send a URL that attaches to a more-frequently updated map, [Farren] said.”