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US Patent for DXMA crisis simulation technology

Crisis Simulations International : 12 June, 2009  (Company News)
Provider of education and training simulations for homeland security and law enforcement bodies gains patent for DXMA technology
Crisis Simulations International has announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded patent 7,536,287 for DXMA, the company's proprietary system and method of interactive simulation.

Crisis Simulations has used DXMA to cost-effectively build education and training simulations for a number of different industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, law enforcement, and community response for local governments. Among the simulations are an active shooter simulation for law enforcement, a flu pandemic simulation for hospitals and communities, hospital evacuation and business continuity. Clients include Penn State College of Medicine/Hershey Medical Center, the Safe America Foundation, the Portland Police Bureau, Hoffmann-La Roche, and the National Defense University.

According to Dennis Damore, Co-Founder and Senior Director of Operations, "The distinctive feature of the technology is in the way we model things; what the technology enables us to do is very cost-effective. For example, we can model the way in which different roles in a community, such as police officers, hospital employees, government officials and emergency responders, interact with each other during a disaster."

Noam Ben-Ami, Senior Technical Advisor, Software Architecture, added, "We can create a class of simulation that is an order of magnitude less expensive and detailed than something like a flight simulator, which attempts to capture all details about everything (position, speed, etc), and an order of magnitude more expressive, dynamic, and reproducible than paper-based simulations. The fact that all decisions and actions are recorded allows us to provide 'hot-wash' results and after-action reports in real-time."

According to Portland Police Bureau Commander (retired) Greg Hendricks, who worked with CSI on developing its Active Shooter simulation, "The realism of the simulation is impressive. The number of decisions and pace at which they had to be made is truly representative of what those in law enforcement face in an active shooter incident." He added, "Simulations could become one of the most significant advances in training and preparing those in law enforcement for this kind of event."

Said Dr Thomas Terndrup, in his role as principal investigator for the Healthcare Facilities Partnership of South Central Pennsylvania, "We worked with Crisis Simulations on developing 3 simulations: one for a pandemic, one for a hospital evacuation and one to test our surge capacity after a bombing in a public space. Their technology was able to incorporate the interplay between various roles within and between hospitals in the region and with multiple external response organizations, like police departments and EMTs."

Dr Terndrup is also a professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at Penn State University College of Medicine.

Founded in 2004, Crisis Simulations International creates real-time simulations for multiple industries, including homeland security, defence, healthcare, financial services, transportation/supply-chain management, law enforcement and emergency response. The simulations build decision-making skills and stress-test emergency management and response plans for both private and public sector organizations.
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