Currant Incident Management System Launches Drone Feed Integration

  • April 14, 2016

A drone is a big investment.  Shouldn’t you get the most out of it?

Currant Inc. has announced the launch of CurrantDRONE, a feature of their online incident management system that will incorporate live data feeds from drones directly into CurrantGRID, a web-based platform used by emergency managers and first responders.

“We are so excited about this launch of our drone feed integration and its potential to change how quickly we can respond to disasters,” says Denise Spell, CEO of Currant.  “Drones can safely go where humans can’t, and our live video feed can help first responders know exactly what they’re up against,” Ms. Spell said from the OEM Conference on Drones being held in Cape May, NJ.  “OEM coordinators can achieve real-time situational awareness, determine  if there are people needing rescue, if power lines are down, or if hazardous materials are present, without traveling into harm’s way.”

Data from CurrantDRONE can feed directly into CurrantGRID, where it can be reviewed and workflowed from the safety of a mobile command center.  OEM coodinators can use this real-time data to efficiently evaluate a situation and determine a specific response.  Teams of responders can then be organized, prioritized, and assigned with the click of a mouse.  Drones can also be used to drop supplies, medicine, and information to those awaiting rescue.

 

Innovation Reigns in Park City

  • April 13, 2016

Innovation Reigns in Park City

Currant CEO Denise Spell recently attended the ThinAir Innovation Summit in Park City, Utah.  The conference featured some of the world’s leading product innovators and thinkers in human performance.

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The brain power!

Staying true to its title, the conference itself was innovative in how it brought great minds together.  Rather than herd everyone into a banquet room to listen to one speaker, attendees mingled in a “lounge” at Butchers Chop House (with great food and drink) where they could exchange ideas and immerse themselves in the culture of their host city.

Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour opened the conference with a great discussion about how to start a company.  “Innovation happens when you start solving simple problems.”  Plank never loses sight of his core focus: shirts and shoes.  “Figure out what your shirt and shoes are,” he said.

Dan Chao of Halo Neuroscience and Luke Bodensteiner of the US Ski & Snowboard Association then shared the latest in brain training for athletes.

“The difference between elite athletes’ performance many times comes down to sub second performance.  World athletes are already the 1% of the 1%, and finding a competitive edge is the challenge. We are seeing that Halo Neuroscience technology could help to give us that edge.”

Attendees were challenged to ask themselves, “How can we as individuals reach higher, go faster, and stay longer on a micro level?”  Then they were asked to scale-up their thinking to see how best to perform at a global level.

That was the question discussed at the panel entitled “The Impact of Human Performance of Global Populations.” Led by Desi Matel-Anderson, Chief Wrangler of the Field Innovation Team, panelists Denise Spell and others explored population growth and innovation impact on a massive scale.

The “Lounge” served as much more than a hospitality room – big thinkers could connect with other big thinkers and who knows the potential of great ideas coming out of there!

Currant CEO Participates in Bootcamp for Response to Syrian Refugee Crisis

  • February 24, 2016

People doing great things.

Led by Desiree Mantel-Anderson and her team of forward-thinking innovators across the globe, the Field Innovation Team (FIT) is on the leading edge of disaster response design.

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Dogs can be trained to drop critical supplies to those awaiting rescue.

Currant’s CEO recently participated in the FIT Bootcamp 4, held in Midway, Utah. The Bootcamp was an exciting time of networking, learning, creating, and innovating around the Syrian refugee crisis, the main topic of the event, and FIT’s next deployment.

For three days, Currant participated in the FIT’s 3-step process for innovation, discussing the challenges presented by the refugee crisis, from the concerns of the aid workers to the immediate needs of the refugees. Click here for a video for a more detailed explanation of this trying time.

In between design sessions, the True Color Theory was presented to the participants, which gave an in-depth strategy for cultural awareness and how to better understand different points of view.

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The Escape Games Experience!

Also included was a fantastic presentation on rescue dogs trained to drop packages of first aid, water, and other critical supplies to those who may be trapped. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit from the rescue dog!  Next, we all donned hard hats and participated in Escape Games, which forced us to get creative and solve the puzzle of the golden bars!

So much was created during FIT Bootcamp 4; innovative thinking, great friendships, and the hope that we can all make a difference in the world’s problems by contributing our unique ideas.

Superstorm Sandy-Inspired App To Help Neighbors In Crisis Wins Special Category Award In AT&T’s Civic App Challenge–New Jersey

  • December 14, 2015

NEWARK, NJ (December 4, 2015) – A Ridgewood, New Jersey resident who took in neighbors after Superstorm Sandy knocked out power and limited transportation throughout the town recently won a special category award in the AT&T Civic App Challenge-New Jersey after developing an app inspired by her own relief efforts.

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We won!

The CurrantNEIGHBORHOOD app “connects the dots in times of crisis,” according to Denise Spell, CEO and Chief Innovator at Currant, Inc. Neighbors can access and share critical information such as where to find gas, groceries, and a place to charge devices when electricity and supplies may not be immediately available. Residents can also communicate with local governments even if landlines are down, providing area leaders and first responders with real-time information directly from those impacted the most. Photos and videos uploaded by users enable emergency crews to prepare a more tailored response.

“We’re thrilled that the CurrantNEIGHBORHOOD app is a winning entry for the AT&T Civic App Challenge-New Jersey.  The app was inspired by the events of Superstorm Sandy and is designed for people to help each other after natural disasters.  This award will help us to make the app available for free to everyone for use in coping with the devastating effects of disasters,” said Spell.

The AT&T Civic App Challenge – New Jersey was launched in September and sponsored by AT&T in collaboration with the New Jersey Tech Council and other organizations throughout the state. The challenge was designed to encourage local entrepreneurs to develop mobile applications to facilitate communication between community and government. Ms. Spell was presented with the award during a ceremony held at Rowan University. The app is scheduled to launch in January, 2016.

Currant, Inc. was founded in 2013 by Ms. Spell and is a member of the Enterprise Development Center (EDC). The EDC, located on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), is a cooperative and resourceful ecosystem for start-ups and small-businesses. From finding the right working space and attracting investment capital, to building staff and developing effective business plans and marketing strategies, the EDC supports companies as they work to become profitable businesses and dynamic participants in the economic life of New Jersey and the nation. For more information about the EDC, visit njit-edc.org.

More information may be found at http://currant.ly, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. See the winning entry at http://currant.ly/appchallenge/.

 

 

Currant Goes to Drone Camp!

  • November 4, 2015

As thought leaders in innovation and emergency preparedness, Currant is always looking for the next great idea that further facilitates emergency response.   As such, we believe that drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles) play an invaluable role in disaster relief. Drones can travel into areas that may be too dangerous for humans, allowing responders to assess a situation from a remote command center. They can submit back real-time video and audio, and through infrared technology, identify those needing rescue.

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A drone in action.

 

Currant was proud and excited to participate in the first ever drone camp in Cape May County, NJ on October 24, 2015, at the Cape May Ferry Terminal. In addition to our CEO, our on-staff drone expert attended the camp and took the lead on creating the drone obstacle course.

 

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The next generation of innovators!

The camp was geared toward 7th and 8th graders from New Jersey, and 21 attended. As a female-founded tech start-up, we are proud to say four of the students were girls! Currant wants to inspire women and girls in STEM and get them excited about technology.

 

The students created a video of their day, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arDAl2mcPC4

 

September is Emergency Preparedness Month

  • August 24, 2015

Is your community prepared?

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You can begin by participating in America’s PrepareAthon! Host an emergency preparedness event on September 30, National Preparathon Day. Register your event at http://community.fema.gov/ and let everyone know how you plan to participate.

Some examples on how you can educate your community on emergency preparedness:

For OEM, Government Organizations and Companies:

  • Organize Tabletop Exercises for the following six hazards: earthquakes, winter storms, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
  • Hold Emergency Preparedness Discussion Within Your Organization. Evaluate how prepared your community is for disaster and improve your plans accordingly.
  • Distribute Preparedness Information to Your Employees or Community. Take this opportunity to distribute information to the public, providing tips on what to do to before and after an emergency.

Ideas to Educate Employees or Community Members:

  • Create a Family Communication Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another. Think about how you will communicate in different situations.
  • Make a Disaster Kit. You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days.
  • Know Evacuation Routes.  Educate people on how to evacuate a building or their area. Knowing evacuation routes is essential for quickly escaping a dangerous situation or impending hazards.

Find resources here: http://community.fema.gov/take-action/hazards