Case Study:

U.S. Bank Stadium, City of Minneapolis

INCREASING AWARENESS, READINESS, AND EMERGENCY RESPONSIVENESS FOR U.S. BANK STADIUM

Emergency situational assessment, determining the appropriate level of response, and communication to the field are all elements of emergency response that can take precious time.  During events such as the one highlighted in this case study that are highly publicized and well attended, it is crucial that field commanders have a high level of situational awareness and tools available to them that make emergency response easier and more efficient.

It can take time to find a camera feed closest to an incident, and often incident management software, maps, cameras, and alarm systems exist as separate disconnected systems.  In some cases, information can only be correlated between systems by consulting paper document and binders first.  These conditions have an effect of increasing incident response times, which in turn increases staff costs and escalates risks.

Protecting Fans During The Big Game

In January 2018, an estimated one million people visited Minnesota for Super Bowl LII and the ten days of festivities leading up to it.  As it was a highly publicized, high-pressure event held in a confined public space, heightened levels of security were required.  The Minneapolis Police Department led the way in organizing the massive security effort, and in total over 80 different public safety agencies and hundreds of law enforcement officers from various jurisdictions participated.

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Innovative Software

To assist the City of Minneapolis and U.S. Bank Stadium in their efforts, GeoComm provided an innovative new smart city mapping system.  The new system, called GeoComm Smart City Map and Smart Venue Map was first utilized during major planned public events beginning in mid-2017.  The system helped streamline incident response coordination by connecting people and devices into a system for real-time analysis, visualization, and communication.

3D Indoor Maps

GeoComm Smart Venue Map and Smart City Map provides three-dimensional (3D) mapping of critical infrastructure with integrated sensor feeds.  By centralizing the maps and information feeds from a variety of sources into a single Common Operating Picture (COP), a shared sense of situational awareness was achieved across all users of the system to increase their operating efficiency as well as public safety.

Live Sensor Feeds

GeoComm Smart City Map and Smart Venue Map focused real-time information and sensor feeds into a single COP built around 3D and indoor maps.  For the first time ever, public safety users could virtually see into buildings, and through its use during these events, the public safety agencies achieved a new level of situational awareness, making emergency response more targeted and efficient.

User Feedback

  • “The situational awareness gained from all the datasets and information in GeoComm Smart City Map is really funneled to one operational platform visually so you know what’s going on, you see what’s going on, and then you can make decisions without having to go into multiple data bases or systems to access that information, or rely on posters to see that information.” – Commander Scott Gerlicher, Minneapolis Police Department

  • “GeoComm Smart Venue Map allows the user to quickly locate an incident, identify nearby cameras to assess the situation for rapid deployment and tracking of responders.  Using one visual common operating picture across supporting agencies increases situational awareness, inter-agency cooperation and readiness reducing the negative effects of an incident.”  – Billy Langenstein, Director of Event Services, U.S. Bank Stadium

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