Valencia, CA (PressExposure) March 20, 2015 -- Safe Environment Engineering began as a company manufacturing a solution for monitoring personnel in confined spaces. These locations included air craft manufacturing, ship building and maintenance, as well as, petroleum and chemical. When workers would enter a confined space OSHA law dictates that someone much check on their well being regularly. SEE's Portable Safety Monitor (PSM) was a small device that a worker would take into the tank with them that would beep, vibrate and flash periodically asking if they were OK? A worker would have to push a button to respond. The system also supported voice communications and the ability to connect an instrument (meter) for wireless environmental monitoring. All worker and environmental data was sent to safety/security personnel located in a safe location.
These early Lifeline telemetry systems used a 450MHz radio channel to penetrate some very difficult and challenging radio environments such as inside aircraft wings or ballast tanks of submarines. These systems were also designed specifically for the building or environment they were serving. Some of these were quite complex such as the Boeing Company in Everett Washington wherein it needed to provide coverage into all wing and fuselage locations in a 472,370,319 cu ft building.
A trade publication caught the eye of the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) on how SEE was able to provide wireless environmental data from workers in potentially hazardous environments to personnel in a safe location who could monitor their well being. LAFD wanted to apply this tool to Hazmat teams wherein "Hot Zone" environmental readings could be relayed to Technical Reference members in again in a safe location to watch the entry team's back and to aid in situational support.
The challenge, however, was how to take a fixed facility designed wireless monitoring system and apply it to the dynamics of Public Safety. A system that was specifically designed and tuned to work reliably the same way in a production environment now needed to work "everywhere" and under all conditions. This Public Safety system also needed to integrate with many different environmental monitoring instruments that all operated differently and were not regulated by any standards. Additionally, this system needed to scale to meet the dynamics of the incident and thus further integrated a real-time interoperable information sharing component.
With the assistance of the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) and Los Angeles Public Safety organizations the system matured to address the top 8 most critical needs of an integrated tracking, health monitoring and alerting system. Los Angeles and SEE were recognized for this effort when they were selected by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to pilot the Integrated Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (ICBRNE) program that monitor live, report, display and alert appropriate officials in the event of a detection.
In October of 2012 DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) selected Los Angeles as the next Secure the Cities (STC) city. A component of program adds specific response and prevention policies and protocols to radiological and nuclear detections while another fortifies it through integrated capabilities and equipment knowledge.
Safe Environment Engineering continues to play a leading role in evolving its once confined space monitoring system to an architecture supporting the various needs of the Public Safety community.
With this mission comes the announcement for plans to pursue new strategic growth and partnership opportunities. Updates will be provided in future releases.