360VR Technology: Information Platform for Emergency Responders Help Our Heroes Save Lives!

We have created a platform that effectively captures and displays all information necessary for emergency response and day-to-day operations

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October 29th, 2019

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302-747-8696 & 117 Wye Oak Drive, Townsend, Delaware 19734

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http://360vrtechnology.com https://www.linkedin.com/company/360vr-technology/

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Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

There are millions of buildings that still rely on basic paper floor plans for their day to day and emergency operations. These floorplans are antiquated (often irrelevant due to various building updates and remodels), missing essential information, and ultimately unreliable in these life or death situations. Usage of this outdated tool causes millions of dollars in inefficiencies and lives being lost on a daily basis.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

360VR has created a software program to provide critical information to first responders. The product was developed alongside a continuous interview process including more than 300 first responders such as firefighters and police force members. 360VR Technology provides an interior 3 dimensional model of any contacted property. The virtual reality creates a dollhouse view of our client's buildings or facilities. specifying property locations of key features and a 2-dimensional floor plan with corresponding icons. It also features an overhead satellite/drone view of the building exterior with nearby resources, such as fire hydrants and geographical distances marked. The software programs we developed allows emergency personnel to quickly locate critical resources or points of interest on the property, such as the location of building access keys or explosive chemicals. We call these “quick links”, which auto-direct our users to key information. Our “notes” section is updated in real-time and allows emergency personnel to quickly become aware of circumstances that would affect planned operations.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

We had 3-D modeling cameras and wanted to use them for real estate marketing. But then we took an entrepreneurship course where they asked us to look for bigger problems. We interviewed our friend who is a firefighter and learned about this problem. We have been working on this ever since. We have since interviewed over 300 first responders and with an estimated 280 million emergencies each year, we see this as a personal mission to solve this problem. We can help save lives every day just by making sure our responders have all the information they need to help others.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

The following facilities are active customers or have L.O.I with 360VR Technology: -University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia (October 2019) -University of Delaware- Newark, DE (October 2019) -Episcopal Academy- Newtown Square, Pennsylvania (October 2019) -Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA- Bear, Delaware (November 2019) -Buccini-Pollin Group- Wilmington, Delaware (November 2019) Each building or facility will be uploaded and have access to our software by the indicated dates. When we work with a customer, we walkthrough their building and talk about all the vital things that they want to be featured (chemicals, big machines, etc.). Then we scan the building. Then we share the model with local first responders and building staff and work together to tag critical infrastructure. Then we give logins and levels of access to various key stakeholders. We provide support from then on.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Our tech is simple to use and share. It works with other tools and can be used without a lot of training time. People are hurt and die every day because the software that emergency responders use does not communicate with other software. Or because they can't send information on that software because another department or agency is not a vendor on that software or have it downloaded. Also, security audits and surveys need to be done by people who understand security, not school teachers & janitorial staff. It is not in their training and is not safe for the people in their buildings.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

After interviewing over 300 people in this space, our research has uncovered a multitude of problems within the school & building security space. We quickly went from hearing about problems to informing others of their problems. We have created awareness for the inefficiencies & are forcing change. Our technology's primary focus is to reduce the effects of emergencies. By working with first responders, providing free training, and integrating the technology into daily operations at the organization, we will be able to drastically reduce the damage caused in the emergency by increasing the effectiveness and decision-making of first responders. This has impacts on lives being protected, assets that would otherwise be damaged forcing them to be replaced and ultimately being able to use the models to properly improve the building to become more sustainable and preventing emergencies

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

Smart and I.O.T devices embedded within the building that can provide live monitoring and control capabilities. Features like having the ability to tap into live camera feeds or automatically locking doors to trap potential shooters are the next level of capabilities we are adding to our platform. New technologies in tracking and location monitoring are critical to emergency operations. Being able to see on a 3D rendering the movement of people and personnel throughout the building using a mix of cell phone signals and wifi would drastically decrease the instances of firefighters and police officers becoming trapped within buildings. Our idea is to give first responders all of the information and tools they could ever possibly need.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Web/Mobile Development

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Sales
  • Mentors/advisors

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

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  • Asian (for example: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Pakistani) (9)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Low-income community
  • Religious minority (non-Christian)
  • Other

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Recommended by others

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

Zach Jones & Dual School out of Wilmington Delaware


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