360-Degree Imaging System Helps First Responders In Threat Situations


UPDATED: Monday December 17, 2012 5:48 PM

A new technology in Fayette County could literally be a lifesaver in times of crisis.

The technology is called 360 Pictometry and allows first responders to digitally see inside of a building without entering.

“You can go 360 degrees, virtually, you can go up, you can go down,” said Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth. “It’s critical when you’re going into a building, you know your deputies are going in almost blindly.”

Dispatchers now have access to digital imaging in all county buildings.

“You can tell that responding officer exactly what’s in that room, where it’s at, where it’s located in reference to the other room,” said Scott Cormany, the Graphic Information System Coordinator.

Stanforth said that his office is one of only a few in the state that has the 3D imaging program and said that it produces high-resolution interior and exterior images of all county buildings, including the Miami Trace Local School District.

“We’re going to do whatever we can do to make sure those children are safe, whatever that may be,” Stanforth said.

Stanforth said that he met with county, city and school district officials on Monday to discuss other ways to protect the community.

“What else can we do to try and harden the target to prevent bad guys from coming into our buildings and wreaking havoc,” Stanforth said.

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