At the beginning of the year, I spoke about S&T’s New Year’s Resolutions, particularly the implementation of CHAMPS. A collection of principles S&T is committed to embodying in 2018 and beyond, CHAMPS will help us further improve our ability to provide end-users with the tools and knowledge to carry out their vital missions. This week, I’m focusing on the C in CHAMPS: Component/Customer Driven.
S&T works to provide the men and women who keep the nation safe with the tools, technology and knowledge products they need, whether they are operators, support staff or decision makers. Since the best technical solutions are those that effectively meet end-user needs, we continually strive to make sure we’re thoroughly understanding operational requirements and building solutions that address them. An example of this is the work we have been doing with the search and rescue community.
Did you know that on any given day, as many as 2,000 people are reported missing? When S&T program managers talked to search and rescue teams, we overwhelmingly heard that the initial search and rescue actions are key to finding the individual. To that end, we, with our commercial partner, dbs Productions, developed the Lost Person Locator suite of tools to guide efforts and help quickly find missing individuals.
These Lost Person Locator app is now available and in use around the country. And this Thursday, January 25, at 2 p.m. ET, you can join S&T’s Dr. Angela Ervin and dbs Productions’ Bob Koester for a Facebook Live Tech Talk conversation about the Lost Person Locator suite of SAR resources. We welcome your questions and comments via Facebook for this event. I hope you’ll tune into the livestream and join the conversation!
This is just one example of how S&T focuses on our customers, providing the tools, technologies and knowledge products they need. Visit our website and learn more about our work and how to work with us!