nFocus Solutions News
- November 28, 2017
Texas Task Force One and Hurricane Harvey
GeoSuite™ — developed to provide a unified real-time response, across multiple agencies.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – November 28, 2017 – nFocus Solutions® published a case study about Hurricane Harvey and the response of Texas Task Force One (TX-TF1) that shows how cities, states and government agencies can ensure that a seamless command structure is in place for effective response and recovery at all levels.
To manage nearly 2,500 rescue workers during Hurricane Harvey, TX-TF1 needed a solution that would enable a unified, real-time command structure across multiple agencies. In the case study, Jeff Saunders, Director of TX-TF 1, and Katie Breland, TX-TF1 Planning Team and Training Manager, report on the ways in which GeoSuite bolstered their ability to create a seamless command structure during Hurricane Harvey.
Saunders and Breland highlight key benefits of using GeoSuite and the specific functionality that assisted TX-TF1 and collaborating agencies in performing more than 12,000 rescues, along with thousands of evacuations, welfare checks and animal rescues. Saunders describes the quick access to life-saving historical data provided by GeoSuite as “a huge success story,” and expresses his vision of “a seamless command structure in which GeoSuite is used by all emergency responders, every time.”
“GeoSuite can cut search and rescue times in half, which means more lives are saved,” stated Ananda Roberts, President of nFocus Solutions. “A common operating picture is essential during and after catastrophic events, both for operations and reporting purposes.”
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nFocus Solutions Publishes Case Study Detailing the Setup of a Shared Data System
Phoenix, Ariz – March 29, 2016 -nFocus Solutions®, a leading provider of performance management and outcome measurement solutions, published a case study to show community organizations how to utilize shared data systems to improve high school graduation rates. In partnership with nFocus Solutions, United Way of the Quad Cities Area set up a shared data system on the Community Solutions Data Warehouse to gather and track student information in order to be able to determine relationships between certain education indicators.
The case study, The Quad Cities: Making Shared Data a Reality, details the steps United Way and its partners took to set up the shared data system, input data, and obtain results. The case study has been written to provide a unique look at what it takes for an organization to implement a shared data system into its already-operating programs. With this study, nFocus Solutions provides guidance to other organizations that are interested in a similar system and hopes to inspire those organizations that are facing related challenges to keep pushing forward.
“We are proud to support the Quad Cities’ educational initiatives,” said Ananda Roberts, president of nFocus Solutions. “With this case study, we aim to show other communities that creating a shared data system is a partnership between communities and vendors that has tremendous potential.”
A shared data system like nFocus Solutions’ Community Solutions Data Warehouse allows administrators and educators to track specific educational indicators from kindergarten to graduation. Tracking data and discovering relationships among indicators aids in the creation of specialized programs for students in their early years of education in hopes of increasing the number of high school graduates.
In the words of Scott Crane, President of United Way of the Quad Cities Area, “By working steadily, starting slow, building trust, and truly listening to our partners, we created a system with data-analysis capabilities far beyond what we had originally set out to do.”
Given the amount of time and patience it takes to create a shared data system, many communities may be discouraged. This case study demonstrates that it is the partnerships and trust created that make a shared data system like this work to the fullest.
To read more about the Quad Cities’ education initiatives, nFocus Solutions’ Community Solutions Data Warehouse, and how nFocus Solutions is making a difference in the community, read the case study The Quad Cities: Making Shared Data a Reality and visit nFocus.com.
nFocus Solutions and Alex Kolker Present at United Way Worldwide’s Annual Conference
Phoenix, Ariz – April 26, 2016 -At the upcoming United Way Community Leaders Conference, nFocus Solutions®, a leading provider of performance management and outcome measurement solutions, and Alex Kolker, Community Impact Manager—Education for United Way of the Quad Cities Area, will present about their collaboration to help raise the graduation rate in the Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa.
This year, the conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from May 9-11. The Community Leaders Conference is United Way Worldwide’s annual gathering for executives, volunteers, and major affiliates of United Way to convene to share stories and information, as well as inspiration, struggles, and triumphs about how they have and can continue to improve and revitalize their communities and the world as a whole.
Alex Kolker will be presenting as an exhibitor at the Conference. His presentation, titled Making Shared Data a Reality, will describe United Way of the Quad Cities Area’s experience setting up a shared data system using nFocus Solutions’ Community Solutions Data Warehouse (CSDW) to support a collaborative effort to raise high school graduation rates in the region. While the process involves many technical aspects, Mr. Kolker will be sharing the more personal side of the process: partnership building, partner engagement, securing agreements, working together to iron out every detail, and more. He will also discuss the different levels of work United Way will be able to accomplish with the use of CSDW. Kolker said, “I’m very proud of the work we’re doing—all the ground we’re breaking—here in the Quad Cities. I look forward to sharing that work with my colleagues and other United Way affiliates. Our model is basic and adaptable; I’d love to see other communities try to replicate it.”
nFocus Solutions has been working with United Way of the Quad Cities Area to implement data management software into their existing program structure. A case study, The Quad Cities: Making Shared Data a Reality, was published detailing the steps it took to create the shared data system and input historical and current data to measure educational outcomes throughout eight school districts in the Quad Cities community.
“It’s an honor to be included in the United Way Community Leaders Conference,” said Ananda Roberts, president of nFocus Solutions. “We have enjoyed the work we’ve done with Alex Kolker and United Way of the Quad Cities Area, and we are pleased to be able to share this partnership with United Way Worldwide.”
U.S Army Selects nFocus Solutions for Sustainment of the Digital Training Management System Combined Arms Training Strategies Development Tool
Supports commanders in designing training programs to prepare units for core missions
Phoenix, Ariz – July 28, 2016 -At the upcoming United Way Community Leaders Conference, nFocus Solutions®, a leading provider of performance management and outcome measurement solutions, has been selected by the United States Army to continue increasing system capabilities to enhance the Digital Training Management System (DTMS) Combined Arms Training Strategies (CATS) development tool. DTMS CATS supports the Army’s strategy for planning, resourcing, and executing short and long-range individual and collective training.
The DTMS CATS development tool provides the Army`s proponent schools and training developers with an easy-to-use, web-based tool to develop comprehensive, single-source training strategies for all units in the Army. The completed strategies provide commanders and unit leaders with a menu of training options which they can rapidly adapt to fit the unit’s training needs and constraints, reducing the amount of time it takes to build unit readiness.
“We have worked with the Army for several years and have a unique understanding of the complexity and intensity of the CATS program,” said Ananda Roberts, president, nFocus Solutions. “This award allows us to continue enhancing the technology commanders use to design challenging training for their units and help increase unit readiness.”
The DTMS CATS Development Tool is built on nFocus Solutions’ commercial-off-the-shelf TraxSolutions® Curriculum Management Server software. It seamlessly integrates with the Army`s Digital Training Management System (DTMS), which also utilizes software from nFocus Solutions, and provides the Army with a solid foundation for training management. Work will be performed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Orlando, FL and in Phoenix, Ariz.
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U.S Army Selects nFocus Solutions for Sustainment of the DTMS CATS Development Tool
System supports commanders in designing training programs to prepare units for core missions
PHOENIX, Ariz. – June 18, 2015 – nFocus Solutions®, a leading provider of performance management and outcome measurement solutions, has been selected by the U.S. Army to increase system capabilities to enhance the Digital Training Management System Combined Arms Training Strategies (CATS) development tool. DTMS CATS supports the Army’s strategy for planning, resourcing, and executing shortand long-range individual and collective training.
The DTMS CATS development tool provides the Army`s proponent schools and training developers with an easy-to-use, web-based tool that serves as a comprehensive, single-source training strategy. The completed strategies provide commanders and unit leaders with a menu of training options which they can rapidly adapt to fit the unit’s training needs and constraints, reducing the amount of time it takes to build unit readiness.
“We have worked with the Army for several years and have a unique understanding of the complexity and intensity of the CATS program,” said Ananda Roberts, president, nFocus Solutions. “This award allows us to further enhance the technology commanders use to design challenging training for their units and help increase unit readiness.”
The DTMS CATS Development Tool is built on nFocus Solutions’ commercial-off-the-shelf TraxSolutions® Curriculum Management Server software. It seamlessly integrates with the Army`s Digital Training Management System (DTMS), which also utilizes software from nFocus Solutions, and provides the Army with a solid foundation for training management. Work will be performed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. and in
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Super Bowl XLIX public safety agencies select nFocus Solutions to provide cutting- edge capabilities
Ariz. – December 10, 2014 – nFocus Solutions®, a leading provider of tactical planning and situational awareness software for public safety, has been awarded a contract by the Phoenix Police Department to provide GeoSuite, cutting-edge public safety software, for Super Bowl XLIX.
With GeoSuite, all first responders in the surrounding areas will be able to rapidly search for and obtain all relevant information in their area of operations using one single application—saving time and resources. GeoSuite also allows for seamless interagency collaboration and communication, including with the federal agencies that support the Super Bowl event.
“We are honored to be selected as the key public safety solution for this year’s Super Bowl. By adding Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe to the existing regional ecosystem, we will provide a powerful level of collaboration across the Phoenix metropolitan area that will help these agencies plan and protect the public throughout this event,” said Ananda Roberts, President of nFocus Solutions.
GeoSuite has been in operation in the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center since 2013, enabling planning and execution of major events by Phoenix Police, Phoenix Fire and Arizona Department of Public Safety. By aggregating computer-aided dispatch calls and vehicle location information from each agency, GeoSuite provides a powerful way to see a tactical picture of major events involving multiple agencies. The Phoenix regional system is also complemented by TraxSolutions® Critical Infrastructure Management System (CIMS) also developed by nFocus Solutions. CIMS enables the collection and management of all critical infrastructure across the state, where it can be managed and made visible to first responders in the GeoSuite system during field response.
nFocus Solutions Awarded Subcontract to Continue Work on Enhanced Army Training Management System
System enables commanders to better prepare units for completing assigned missions
PHOENIX, Ariz. – September 4, 2014 – nFocus Solutions®, a leading provider of software solutions for the public sector, has been selected to continue work toward enhancing the Army Training Management System (ATMS) for the Combined Arms Center (CAC) in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Providing trainers the improved capability to plan, prepare, resource and manage training for Army units and individual soldiers, ATMS serves as a vital part of CAC’s operations by providing the Army with an easy-to-use, web-based tool for creating comprehensive training strategies.
As soldiers complete courses, they are tracked within the ATMS, allowing leaders to effectively manage personnel and unit training at both the active and reserve levels. At a critical time for reducing total ownership costs, ATMS is recognized to deliver a cost savings of $60M/yr through significant efficiencies in managing resources and personnel time.
“For more than a decade, the U.S. Army has looked to nFocus for innovative training management solutions to support soldier and units preparedness,” said Ananda Roberts, president of nFocus Solutions. “This award allows us to further enhance the technology, used by commanders, to ensure and increase mission readiness.”
The ATMS is built from investments nFocus has made in its commercial-off-the-shelf application – TraxSolutions®. The key capabilities leveraged include TraxSolutions’ Student Management Server, Classroom Server, Catalog Server and Curriculum Management Server. Work will be completed at offices in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Orlando, Fla., and Phoenix, Ariz.
Arizona DPS Partners with nFocus Solutions to Support State’s Critical Infrastructure
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Sept. 28, 2014 – nFocus Solutions®, a leading provider of software solutions for the public sector, is partnering with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) to provide a powerful critical infrastructure management system. This system—the first of its kind in the country—will give Arizona the ability to collect and manage information about critical infrastructure throughout the state, such as schools, water supplies, hospitals and airports. This information will then be available to first responders in the initial moments of an incident.
The system is the vision of the Arizona DPS to integrate two existing software applications from nFocus Solutions to provide an advanced critical infrastructure management system. The integration brings together advanced survey capabilities from nFocus’ TraxSolutions® software suite with the planning and incident management capabilities of nFocus’ GeoSuiteTM. GeoSuite is a software tool that enables first responders to view, collect and share real-time and historical data with one another during a mission.
“Increased access to important information about the state’s most vital systems and resources will result in better, safer responses for both the public and our first responders. This solution will be an essential addition to our public safety operations across the state,” said Captain Steve Harrison of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
The system will allow site managers to provide details about their facility to law enforcement; this information will then be accessible to all public safety agencies tasked with protecting critical infrastructure. Currently, no other system is available to do this. Additionally, other critical information systems do not allow first responders to access on-scene information. By addressing this, the Arizona DPS system will improve response times and first responder safety.
“The ability to better link community leaders and first responders to provide a stronger, safer community is a core part of the nFocus mission,” said Ananda Roberts, President of nFocus Solutions. “We are proud that Arizona DPS has chosen us to partner with them to enable this innovative solution.”
nFocus Solutions Delivers Innovative GeoSuite Application to Texas Task Force 1
Mobile application provides search and rescue teams with advanced collaboration and reporting capabilities
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Aug. 13, 2014 – nFocus Solutions®, a leading provider of tactical planning and situational awareness solutions for public safety, has completed the delivery of GeoSuite® to Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) Urban Search and Rescue team (US&R), based in College Station, Texas. TX-TF1 is one of the premier US&R task force teams in the nation; the team can be activated by both the state of Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
GeoSuite is a web-based common operating picture designed for tactical users in disconnected or unstable network environments, typically found in the days following a major disaster. Task force members can use their smartphones to access the GeoSuite app, where they can quickly collect and report observations, findings, images and voice annotations from the scene. Once submitted, this information, including the GPS location of the responders, is immediately visible to the incident commander and other responders conducting the search and rescue operations.
“I’ve been part of search and rescue efforts for more than 20 years, and until now most technological solutions were not suited for the harsh realities of Task Force deployments. GeoSuite will now be an integral part of every deployment for our task force,” said Jeff Saunders, Operations Chief, Texas Task Force 1.
After first seeing the application in action during training exercises, TX-TF1 was able to use the application during a real emergency situation while deployed in 2013 to the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. During those deployments, GeoSuite allowed TX-TF1 to accomplish their search and rescue missions in significantly less time than before. This ensured that disaster victims quickly had access to vital care and saved hundreds of thousands of dollars. Experiencing these results, TX-TF1 has selected GeoSuite as their primary tool for the coordination and execution of search and rescue operations.
“Texas Task Force 1 has an incredible responsibility. We are honored that the team has selected our solution to assist in their training and operations,” said Ananda Roberts, President of nFocus Solutions.
nFocus Solutions Named Exclusive Domestic Supplier of Innovative GeoSuite™ Software
The East Lake Foundation is using new innovative solutions to measure outcomes and analyze program effectiveness across agencies
PHOENIX, Ariz. – June 25, 2014 – nFocus Solutions®, the leading provider of performance management and outcome measurement solutions with more than 4,500 clients nationwide, is partnering with the East Lake Foundation to assist in managing, tracking and measuring the quality and impact of its school and community programs. The East Lake Foundation, originally created in 1995, was formed to revitalize the East Lake Meadows housing project in Atlanta, Georgia. East Lake has become a replicable model for community redevelopment and is now a great community neighborhood of its own.
Before East Lake Foundation’s establishment, 4% of the housing project’s families earned incomes above the poverty line. In addition, the community’s crime rate was 18 times the national average and 5% of local 5th graders met or exceeded state standards in math. Through the foundation’s efforts, East Lake Meadows has reduced violent crime by 95%; significantly improved employment rates and created the Drew Charter School, the fourth best public school in Atlanta.
The East Lake Foundation selected nFocus Solutions to empower its programs, strengthen its partners ability to manage participant information, share important data between partners and measure program effectiveness. They will be using nFocus’ Community Solutions Data Warehouse, which collects and aggregates data from a variety of outside data sources to provide a comprehensive view of a community, as well as TraxSolutions®, a user-friendly software suite that includes integrated attendance scanning, case management, survey collection and more.
“We are excited about having a single database to gather data about the families served by our work. It will enhance our collaboration with partners and other stakeholders. The increased ability to track and measure outcomes across our collaborative presents a ripe opportunity to take a reflective look at our work and plan for the years ahead.” said Daniel Shoy Jr., President, East Lake Foundation.
“Through our advanced data tracking, outcome measurement and data sharing capabilities, our solutions will help East Lake elevate the impact they’re having on their youth and communities. We are proud to support the East Lake Foundation in its efforts to create positive outcomes in Atlanta.” said Ananda Roberts, President of nFocus Solutions.
nFocus Solutions Named Exclusive Domestic Supplier of Innovative GeoSuite™ Software
GeoSuite® provides streamlined data sharing and increased situational awareness for public safety officials
Phoenix, Ariz. – May 21, 2014 – nFocus Solutions®, the leading provider of performance management solutions to more than 4,500 clients nationwide, has reached an agreement with General Dynamics C4 Systems to become the exclusive domestic supplier of GeoSuite®. GeoSuite is a software tool that enables first responders, law enforcement and other public safety professionals to view, collect and share real-time and historical data with one another, throughout a mission. The tool is now part of a line of software from nFocus Solutions designed to improve the effectiveness of community services.
The web-based, highly mobile GeoSuite tool fuses information from a wide variety of resources, combining it with relevant intelligence to form a real-time picture of a situation on a single display. This capability keeps public safety professionals better informed, which leads to faster and more effective decision-making and improved safety.
The GeoSuite system was recently used during a first responder and public safety training event at Texas A&M’s Disaster City®. Hundreds of first responders from Texas public safety organizations, including the Texas National Guard, used GeoSuite to maintain a real-time flow of information and situational awareness among the participants. The three-day training event focused on disaster recovery efforts following a simulated tornado. In addition to other capabilities, GeoSuite captured images of a simulated collapsed structure sending, with a tap on their computer screen, the information to training participants including medical, utility and hazardous material personnel working in the simulated debris field.
“One of the greatest challenges first responders and law enforcement officials face is access to real-time, mission critical information. GeoSuite is a game-changer in its ability to give field agents, dispatchers and command centers a single portal to collaborate, collect and map information, ultimately increasing efficiency and saving lives,” said Ananda Roberts, president of nFocus Solutions.
GeoSuite can run on any Windows®-based computer, as well as Android® or iOS powered mobile devices. In addition to supporting public safety professionals’ day-to-day activities, GeoSuite can help them coordinate and collaborate as they prepare security and response plans for events such as political gatherings, parades, dignitary transport, and large-scale sporting competitions. For more information, visit nfocus.com/geosuite.
nFocus Solutions presented with prestigious Nunn-Perry Award at ceremony in Arlington, VA
Award honors nFocus’ outstanding growth and development under Department of Defense’s Mentor-Protégé Program
PHOENIX, Ariz. – 15 May 2014 – nFocus Solutions®, the leading provider of performance management and outcome measurement solutions, along with mentor General Dynamics C4 Systems, were presented with the distinguished 2013 Nunn-Perry Award at the 17th Annual Nunn-Perry Awards Ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia. The award recognizes exceptional mentor-protégé partnerships that have excelled in areas of quality, technical assistance, return on investment and protégé development.
General Dynamics C4 Systems and nFocus Solutions began the mentor-protégé partnership in 2006, with both companies renewing their partnership for an additional three years. As a result of this partnership, nFocus is now a major subcontractor on U.S. Army’s Digital Training Management System, which provides the detailed training status of more than two million soldiers and civilians worldwide. In addition, nFocus was awarded the Combined Arms Center (CAC) Omnibus prime contract, leading to the opening of a new training and development support office in Orlando.
“Through our mentor-protégé agreement, nFocus has significantly expanded its ability to provide software solutions that today’s service members, communities, first responders, and nonprofits can use to work more effectively,” said Ananda Roberts, president of nFocus Solutions. “We are honored to receive the Nunn-Perry Award in recognition of our partnership, and I believe it reflects our commitment to provide effective technology to our nation’s military and commercial markets.”
“Mentoring small businesses like nFocus ensures the DoD has access to a strong group of small business suppliers that may not have had the resources or expertise to effectively compete for government contracts,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. “During our mentor-protégé partnership we gained valuable insights from each other and developed new products and capabilities that will help the military be more efficient, effective and safe.”