BLOOMINGTON, IN-October 2, 2008-Information In Place Inc., a developer of interactive training tools and information based mobility services, announced today that it is adapting its ViyantTM mobile collaboration software to support responses to disasters. The new features will provide workers at man-made and natural disaster sites with tools to collaborate and problem solve with a national network of hazardous materials (hazmat) experts. The ViyantTM Hazmat network is being built on Information In Place’s existing remote coordination technology platform, ViyantTM.
The Bloomington-based company is using a $100,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Worker Education and Training Program and matching funds from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s 21st Century Research and Technology Fund to enhance the existing technology and speed commercialization of the expert network.
The ViyantTM Hazmat expert network connects disaster clean up and demolition worksite personnel with hazmat and safety experts to deliver real time assistance and work site specific training. Remotely located experts can assist mobile workers with the right information, at the right time – Just In Place®. By leveraging the context of the mobile worker and enabling real time information sharing (images, video, sound), ViyantTMHazmat provides situational awareness to the off-site expert so they can best assist the mobile worker.
The ViyantTM Hazmat network supports a wide range of information gathering and display devices (such as head worn displays, cameras, cell phones, small mobile computers) providing the best mobile solution for unique and challenging work environments. With Viyant’s network of experts at their fingertips, remote worksite supervisors can more effectively address unexpected safety and hazmat situations that are part of any disaster or demolition site.
“ViyantTM Hazmat is an invaluable communication tool in environments where speed, safety and reliability are critical.” said Sonny Kirkley, CEO of Information in Place. “We will build this service on our existing technology platform, ViyantTM, which gives us a proven and stable foundation to launch our ViyantTMHazmat Expert Network to address the safety and hazmat needs of disaster and demolition worksites.”
About Information in Place
Founded in 1999 as a spinout of the Indiana University Center for Excellence in Education, Information in Place works with researchers at Indiana University and Purdue University to develop its software. The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business named the company one of Indiana’s most innovative companies in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The company also scored accolades from Military Training Technology magazine as one of the global top 100 companies in the military training industry from 2003 through 2007. It was recently selected as one of Indiana’s hottest 50 second-stage companies. For more information about Information in Place, please visit www.infoinplace.com.
About NIEHS WETP
During the past eighteen years, the NIEHS WETP in conjunction with 20 awardees has supported the development of curricula and initiation of training programs throughout the country to help employers meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements under CFR 1910.120, Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency. This model program encourages innovation for training difficult-to-reach populations by addressing issues such as literacy, appropriate adult education techniques, training quality improvement, and other areas un-addressed directly by the private sector. The program enhances rather than replaces private sector training responsibility by demonstrating new and cost-effective training techniques and materials.