Political, Law Enforcement and Mass Communication Experts Help Enhance Utility's Capabilities
ATLANTA, Dec. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility, the industry's only provider of policy-based police video recording and management software, officially announced today the appointment of three members to its Strategic Advisory Board. Retired Commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management Joe Bruno, former Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin, and retired US House of Representatives Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood will provide strategic guidance as Utility provides BodyWorn / In-Vehicle Video and Internet of Things solutions to first responders, utilities, and public transit agencies in the US and around the world.
"This announcement comes at a very exciting time for Utility. Police departments throughout the country are deploying our BodyWorn™ and SmartRedaction™ solutions to enhance police accountability and transparency while protecting citizen and officer privacy rights," said Utility CEO Robert McKeeman. "The guidance provided by our Strategic Advisory Board will allow us to continue providing police departments, corrections departments and other customers with Video, Smart Redaction, and Internet of Things communications solutions that best fit their specific and unique needs."
During a year of unprecedented growth for Utility's operations, these latest additions demonstrate the company's commitment to working with political leaders and leading experts in security, emergency management and public policy to provide effective solutions promoting accountability and transparency while protecting the privacy rights.
The new appointees to the Strategic Advisory Board bring diverse and substantial experience in law enforcement, crisis and emergency management, mass communication and political leadership.
Joseph F. Bruno is the retired Commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management. In this capacity some of Commissioner Bruno's major achievements include the creation and implementation of the NYC Citywide Incident Management System (CIMS), the system under which all significant emergencies are managed by the city; he oversaw the development and writing of the most operational Coastal Storm Plan in the country which was fully activated when Hurricane Sandy struck NYC in 2012; and he developed the NYC Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program which trains, activates and deploys more than 1500 local citizens in support of first responders. Commissioner Bruno also supervised the creation of an emergency notification system (NotifyNYC) that uses text messaging, email, Twitter and phone calls to warn and provide details to subscribers about impeding or occurring emergencies. NotifyNYC is a critical asset in allowing New York City government agencies to effectively and efficiently communicate with residents during times of crisis. Mr. Bruno is an attorney and was formerly the Commissioner of the New York CityFire Department, and was previously elected three times as a Judge of NYC Civil Court and as a Justice of the New York StateSupreme Court.
Shirley Franklin served as Mayor of Atlanta from 2002 to 2010. Mayor Franklin worked to balance the city's budget while making major investments in the "Clean Water Atlanta" initiative. Franklin was lauded throughout her term for her efforts in making Atlanta a more environmentally friendly city. Ms. Franklin was heralded as one of the best city leaders in the nation by Time Magazine and the U.S. News and World Report. Mayor Franklin is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition and previously served as President of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors. She is also a Founder and current Board Chair of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which is located in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.
Wilson (Bill) Livingood is an expert in federal, state, and major city security. During his 33 years in the United States Secret Service, his assignments included the Presidential Protective Division and Head of the Houston Field Office. In 1995, Mr. Livingood was appointed Sergeant-at-Arms for the US House of Representatives, leading the US Capitol Police through some of the largest US security crises including the 1998 shootings of two U.S. Capitol police officers and the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. After his retirement as Sergeant-at-Arms, he has continued to serve on several Department of Homeland Security Oversight and Advisory panels.
Utility is a venture-capital funded software developer headquartered in Decatur, Georgia in metropolitan Atlanta. The company provides real-time Situational Awareness and Police Video Management Software as a service and vehicle wireless communications hardware solutions for Police, Fire, EMS, Electric and Gas Utility, and Public Transit customers across the US. Utility owns US patents 6,831,566; 7,768,548; and 8,781,475; and has numerous patents pending with the US Patent Office, the Canadian Patent Office, and the European Union Patent Office.
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