Gov. Robert Bentley and other leaders today praised the partnership between the state and the University of Montevallo that makes the higher-educational institution the first in the nation to use virtual mapping of its entire campus to boost safety functions and operational efficiencies.
The university with the Alabama Department of Homeland Security uses online mapping technology through the Virtual Alabama program to deliver 37 layers of information on an unprecedented level of detail concerning the campus buildings, utilities and infrastructure, as well as emergency planning functions.
The technological achievement is an "innovation that improves the safety of schools and colleges here in Alabama," Bentley said at a press conference this afternoon at the university.
By having real-time information such as building plans at their fingertips, Virtual Alabama "can make a life-saving difference in helping the response to that emergency," Bentley said.