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“Austin Peay President Alisa White said researchers at the university’s Geographic Information Systems center led the charge in locating and fine-tuning the prototype.
“They just dove in,” White said. “They are used to responding to entities in need. That’s just really the mindset over there.“”
“While still leading a statewide effort to produce face shields for medical workers battling the spread of coronavirus in Tennessee, Austin Peay’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center has taken on another potentially life-saving project.”
“This dashboard is a comprehensive look at what is taking place in our own community. Partnering with the APSU GIS team has been fantastic. They are professionals at translating data into a usable form and we greatly appreciate their continued contributions,”
“Right now, it’s not a class that’s being taught, so they’re teaching themselves as they go,” he added. “They’ve surpassed any expectations I had for them just because they have something on the screen.”
““You could see the light bulb go off,” said Jamie McCrary, director of the Office of Disability Services. “You could see her smile. That (tactile guide) was just a concept to her she’d never even thought about.””
““We do a lot of work with first responders, and last year, we were talking to one of an EMA director who was discussing emergency site control, and mentioned he’d love to find a solution to better assist volunteer firefighters,” Wilson said. “I kept that conversation in the back of my head, and when I saw this Google offer, the idea of using Bluetooth beacons came up.””