ISS 24/7 Receives SAFETY Act Designation for its Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology from U.S. Department of Homeland Security
by Jacob Molz, on Sep 26, 2017 6:33:28 AM
Coral Springs, FL, June 13, 2014 – ISS 24/7 has been approved as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) provider under a formal SAFETY Act (“the Act”) Designation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ISS 24/7’s Command Post is a web-based system designed to enhance situational awareness, safety, and security at sporting and entertainment events. The Technology is a means to digitally record, communicate, monitor, and analyze incidents occurring during events at sports and entertainment venues, such as fights, medical issues, maintenance issues, bomb threats or suspicious activity, or other guest complaints.
In addition to being monitored on personal computers at the venue command center, the software application can be accessed on most hand-held smart-phones or tablets with Android or iOS operating systems. The components of the Technology include an Incident Management and Text System. The Technology has several visual cues to increase the users’ situational awareness: time-stamps, color-coding, and blinking alerts.
The purpose of the Act is to ensure that the threat of liability does not deter potential manufacturers or sellers of anti-terrorism technologies from developing, commercializing, and deploying technologies that could significantly reduce the risks or mitigate the effects of large-scale terrorist events. Thus, the Act creates certain liability limitations for claims arising out of, relating to, or resulting from an Act of Terrorism’ where Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies have been deployed.
The designation encompassed a rigorous four-month vetting process, prefaced with months of preparation, conducted by the Department’s Science and Technology Board consisting of technical and other teams composed of subject matter experts in federal, state, and local public safety agencies, national laboratories, and academia to establish the solution’s ‘proven effectiveness’ and that it performs as designed. The Technology endured a thorough application process involving examination of the software solution, and customer interviews for feedback on the Technology’s effectiveness during deployment.
News of the Award was personally delivered by Bruce Davidson, Director of the Office of SAFETY Act Implementation at DHS to Jacob Molz, Chief Communications Officer of ISS 24/7. “The review process performed by the SAFETY Act Office requires months of preparation even before submittal for its in-depth technology evaluation,” said Molz. “We are pleased that our clients will possess extra confidence in the protection and value of using ISS 24/7’s system to improve situational awareness, safety, and security during their events.”
As part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296, Congress enacted several levels of liability protection for providers of anti-terrorism technologies. The SAFETY Act provides incentives for the development and deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by creating a system of ‘risk management’ and a system of ‘litigation management.’