UDRI, Dayton company collaborate on security technology

A screen shot of the Footprint technology. CONTRIBUTED
A screen shot of the Footprint technology. CONTRIBUTED

The University of Dayton and a Dayton security technology business have collaborated on a newly commercialized public safety technology.

The technology, dubbed “Footprint,” was developed by the University of Dayton Research Institute’s Software Systems Group, thanks in part to a $3 million Ohio Third Frontier grant.

The innovation is described as “web-based situational awareness software” that captures and analyzes data from multiple video monitoring sources, bringing those sources to one platform.

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“The tool enables law enforcement to solve cases quicker using data-driven decisions, while minimizing manpower and driving down costs as a result,” said Dayton company Copp Integrated Systems in a new release announcing the technology.

The software can be used on smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices, helping law enforcement officers gather information at the scene of a crime.

Bill DeFries, chief executive of Copp, calls Footprint a “game-changer.”

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“For the first time, law enforcement has total situational awareness,” DeFries said. “Footprint provides a 21st-century crime data and video analytics infrastructure that is easily deployed and visually useful. By leveraging crime data and using predictive analysis, Footprint users can deploy resources more efficiently, catch criminals faster and deter and prevent crimes before they happen.”

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office in Defuniak Springs, Fla. is using the technology, according to Copp.

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“I have seen first-hand how the implementation of Footprint has become a force multiplier,” said Dave Markham, Copp president. “It has enabled (the sheriff’s office) to maximize their resources and focus on keeping all their citizens safe.”

Copp says Footprint can be used for an array of purposes, at hospitals, airports, arenas, stadiums, offices, schools or military bases.

A UDRI spokeswoman said the technology was developed about four years ago.

With some 30 employees, Copp is nearly a century old. The company has worked on projects as diverse as the surveillance and access control systems for the security police and Transportation Security Administration at Dayton International Airport, video surveillance at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the camera feed system at bus stops and the main RTA bus depot downtown.

"We're small but mighty. We're the little engine that could," DeFries recently told the Dayton Daily News.

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