Lyon says that response plans for hurricanes and other weather events are already embedded in the system, but as importantly, he can also readily adapt those plans or create new procedures on the fly. “If an outside agency comes in and needs to do something different, I can implement new procedures very quickly without having to re-program anything. Situator gives us a lot of flexibility, and that’s important because you have to be flexible when it comes to disasters that involve different agencies and responses that fall outside of your normal business processes.”
In addition, because the PSIM system is open and connects to security and safety systems through the use of gateways, it offers adaptability into the future. “Airport challenges are not going to go away,” Lyon says. “We are going to be monitoring more cameras, more doors, and needing to comply with changes in procedures with the TSA. I’m confident that the system is going to be able to expand to meet those challenges.”
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