Brighton, United Kingdom, October 29, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) are specially recruited and trained personnel who provide the ambulance response to major incidents. They provide specialist medical care during patient extrication - often involving hazardous materials and hazardous environments. These may occur as a result of an accident or may be the result of deliberate actions.
HART regularly conduct training courses which take the form of table-top exercises. Teams of three or four candidates are asked questions about how best to cope with particular scenarios.
This process was traditionally carried out on paper or white board and HART wished to encourage more discussion within each group and to reduce the possibility of one team using the input of other teams.
HART identified a solution where questions and responses could be transmitted and gathered electronically - and discussed their requirement with Dataline Software in Brighton. In less than one month - using agile methodology - Dataline developed a wireless collaboration system to fulfill HART’s requirements. The result is a system that is multifunctional and not only suited to exercises, but also workshops and incident debriefs.
The system was designed and implemented so that the course trainer is able to present questions to the computers allocated to the teams of trainees. Each team is then able to compose and submit their answers/responses back to the trainer independently of the other groups.
The responses can then be displayed on a projector for all the teams to view and discuss, but only after all the teams have completed their submissions. The questions and responses are exchanged via wireless connections between the trainer's and delegate groups' laptops.
By posing questions in this way, the trainee teams:
- Are encouraged to think independently rather than relying on the input of others,
- Have immediate interaction with the presentation,
- Can be tested by the facilitator and encouraged to produce original thoughts.
Since its release, the system has demonstrated its mobility and has been successfully used at a number of training events around the UK. Due to the flexibility within the system the exercise facilitator has the ability to fully test candidates and the improvement in candidate learning has been significant.
The HART programme maintains a consistent evaluation process and the product has been rated highly by candidates and end users. Of note other organisations who conduct similar training sessions are showing significant interest in this cost effective system.
The system was developed in line with the customers requirements and Dataline was able to provide valuable support by way of suggestions and proposals to improve the product. By turning the concept in to reality within a short timeframe, and fostering a close working relationship - Dataline has produced a cost effective product that exceeded HARTs expectations.
About Dataline Software (http://www.dataline.co.uk)
Dataline Software delivers bespoke software to businesses of all sizes and has a twenty-five year track record of delivering projects on time and to budget. It's portfolio of products includes i5®, a unique tool for publishing SQL databases on the web. Dataline is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a Cisco Registered Partner.