Story behind the app
The US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has a First Responder Group that researches all types of technological innovations that can help first responders. Fire Departments, Rescue Squads, Police Departments, and Disaster Preparedness.
One of the capability gaps they identified was that when responders drive to a fire or medical emergency, they often have unneccesary delays because of bad directions, or running into travel restrictions - traffic, weather, constructions, etc. They thought it would be a great improvement if they had a system where they could tag these obstructions so that others who are trying to respond could be routed around them and save valuable time. Our team came up with a solution idea using mobile phones and tablets, connected through an online system that could handle routing especially for emergency vehicles.
QuickRoute is a creation of Azimuth1, a tech development company based in Virginia, with funding by the US Dept of Homeland Security. We built QuickRoute for our friends in public safety. Check it out at the app stores and read more about the advanced features that tie in your mobile device with dispatchers and other emergency vehicles in the area.