UNC Charlotte develops app to help in event of mass shooting

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A UNC Charlotte professor and several students have developed an iPod app to help campus police respond to a mass shooting or other any other tragedy that involves multiple victims.

The Charlotte Observer reports the app uses digital architectural files to create 3-D maps of every campus building. The maps are loaded in the iPod Touches carried by SWAT teams members.

The SWAT and command center can send the locations of officers, the victims, the shooter or other information constantly back and forth.

UNC Charlotte Computer Science Department Chairman of Bill Ribarsky led the team that developed the app. He says the technology was guided by guided by how doctors use high-tech tools for colonoscopies.

The school tested the app Friday.
Credit: The Associated Press

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