|By PR Newswire||
|May 13, 2011 07:00 AM EDT||
Walker joined Lightstep Executive Chairman
Lightstep Technologies is the creator of what is billed as the world's first intelligent evacuation system. In a building equipped with Lightstep, escape routes are automatically illuminated and automatically rerouted as necessary depending on the type of emergency and location of the damage and/or fire. Not only is the safe escape route illuminated clearly in green, the unsafe routes are clearly crossed out with a red "X" so that occupants of the building can be evacuated more quickly without mistakes that cause injuries and cost lives. The lights remain clearly visible in smoke-filled environments.
"My background is in fire safety, and I knew immediately that UIU had to explore acquiring this technology," Walker said. "In any fire, the key issue is always time. How quickly can you completely evacuate the building safely? The same is true for a building affected by any natural disaster. "
Patterson, who invented the path-finding technology, said he founded
Lightstep in response to well-publicized disasters that resulted in major
loss of life. "This will be the company's first installation in the States
and a huge opportunity for all involved," Patterson said. "
"This technology addresses the needs of rural, residential campuses like UIU just as effectively as it addresses evacuation in an urban office high-rise," Walker said. "Universities like ours not only need to deal with potential daytime evacuation, but how to safely guide our students out of residence halls in the middle of the night as well. We believe all residential campuses should be exploring the Lightstep options to enhance campus safety, and we are proud to be the first University in the world to begin this work."
Walker and Patterson said the UIU campus in
"We look forward to seeing this exciting order progress over the coming
months - this is a huge opportunity for Lightstep to bring the highest
standards in evacuation systems to this vast marketplace," Patterson said.
"It's an exciting time for Lightstep, with the team also due to attend the
Fire Excellence Awards 2011 on
Walker noted that the three newest UIU buildings, which were completed in 2010-11, will be retrofitted with the technology - the new student residence hall, the Liberal Arts Building, and the Student Center. Installation is scheduled for this fall.
"Working as partners with Lightstep to launch this technology in
Although Lightstep technology has not been introduced previously in
"Lightstep is an unprecedented safety technology, and we believe
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