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“The BlackBerry Q5 was chosen as only BlackBerry devices could be configured to push the GPS positioning the short increments required for accurate location tracking in time-sensitive emergency situations.”Deputy Patrol Director Deputy Patrol Director, Silver Star Ski Resort.
Silver Star’s patrol staff has a daunting job: responding to emergencies over 1900 acres, which includes challenging trails, trees and gullies. If visitors need aid, these patrol staff need to find them quickly and provide help, no matter where they are located. Patrol staff attends to over 800 Code 2 and 3 calls per season, which range from non-life threating injuries like a broken wrist to life-threatening emergencies with unresponsive patients. They can attend to as many as 18 calls per day.
Over its most recent season, Silver Star piloted a program that gave its patrol staff BlackBerry 10 devices loaded with an app — Safety Link —created by AbsoluteTrac, a company specializing in customized telematics solutions. Coupled with associated WebTrac software used by dispatchers, this system provides the locations of all patrol staff, updated every 15 seconds. “The BlackBerry Q5 device was chosen as only BlackBerry devices could be configured to push the GPS positioning the short increments required for accurate location tracking in time-sensitive emergency situations,” explained Phil Gaudette, Deputy Patrol Director, Silver Star Ski Resort.