Willetton WA. November 10, 2009 – ETCorp have been invited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to bring their award winning pollution response technology to the United States. The ground breaking Western Australian system will enable the USEPA to monitor air quality levels in-line with new greenhouse gas reporting legislation effective January 2010.
ETCorp will bring the GPAC System™ to the US in response to a personal invitation from Richard Martyn, a Federal On-Scene Coordinator with over 20 years emergency response experience with the USEPA. Richard recently visited Perth to train with the local Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and was impressed with the new technology being used to speed up and coordinate incident response. “The GPAC System™ that is in place at the DEC in Perth is a one of a kind monitoring platform. When I saw this system in person I was very impressed and wanted not only my group to become aware of this system but also the entire EPA emergency response program,” said Richard.
ETCorp’s GPAC System™ has already provided the local DEC in Perth with an innovative solution to the problem of effectively monitoring pollution levels. DEC pollution response manager Dr Jimmy Seow explained how the technology has enhanced the department's chemical monitoring capability. "The GPAC System™ integrates real time video footage of an incident with data from chemical sensors to monitor things such as air toxicity in the event of a chemical fire. The system can be controlled and accessed remotely, which enables us to gather and share images and information from an incident within the DEC and with other organisations, resulting in better and faster management decisions during an emergency or pollution investigation," he said.
This pioneering approach using ETCorp’s GPAC System™ to improve pollution surveillance was recognised at the 2009 Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG) Awards, winning the DEC a national award for the best use of broadband in emergency situations.
Following the USEPA invitation, Sahid Sesay inventor of the GPAC System™, will be taking a three month road trip across the US in a vehicle deployed with the same technology currently used by the DEC. Starting November 2009, Sahid will be demonstrating the best available technology for mobile pollution monitoring to key decision makers from the USEPA, Office of Transportation and Air and Water Quality Monitoring Agencies across the US with the 4,000 mile journey culminating in presenting the technology to various Federal agencies at the Pentagon.
The journey is timely; the USEPA has just announced a crack down on emissions from large industrial sources following new legislation to set mandatory, nationwide limits on the amount of greenhouse gases. In line with these new regulations the USEPA are activity seeking out the latest technology to ensure that they can accurately measure and record pollution levels and share this data with other agencies. It is imperative for the USEPA to have the tools in place prior to this new legislation taking effect next year. The GPAC System™ is an integral part of the solution and the USEPA is exploring adoption of this ground breaking technology to enable them to stay one step ahead of the polluters.
ETCorp is a highly innovative developer of tailored surveillance, security and monitoring system solutions for industrial, commercial, government and military applications. The company’s GPAC System™ is a unique software platform that enables integration of multiple cameras, sensors and devices; allowing real time data sharing across multiple locations via a secure web browser. ETCorp operates internationally from offices in Australia, USA, Europe and Dubai.
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