Silicon Valley Firefighters Use Denver-Startup App to Keep Super Bowl 50 Safer

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Keeping Super Bowl 50 safe is what hundreds of first responders will be doing this weekend instead of watching the game... with the help of Intterra's Situation Analyst.

Super Bowl 50, first responders, technology, realtime data, firefighters, woman-led tech start-up

Mobile Command Unit Using Intterra's Situation Analyst

Intterra is a great resource connecting us to real-time data, analytics, and maps. This technology allows us to instantly know what is happening in the region so we can make decisions faster than ever before.

Keeping Super Bowl 50 safe is what hundreds of first responders will be doing this weekend instead of watching the game. Helping them keep track of the vast amount of critical realtime data is a small tech start-up founded by an unlikely entrepreneur – a woman who was the top fire chief for California. Intterra, Inc., co-founded and led by CEO Kate Dargan, is a bootstrap success story right out of Silicon Valley… except it comes from the Silicon Mountains near Denver, CO.

Intterra will be providing Bay Area first responders with real-time analytics, apps, data, and maps to help local fire, medical, and law agencies understand the where, who, and what of Super Bowl safety. For the first time ever, in the heart of the world’s tech capital, all the first responders in Silicon Valley can anticipate how and where to prioritize life-safety efforts throughout the Bay Area, track fire and medical support staff as they respond and prepare, and manage support to over 250 special events attended by football fans.

Ken Kehmna, Santa Clara County Fire Department’s Fire Chief and Coordinator for the Operational Area Mutual Aid Plan, is focused on coordinating first responder resources to support Super Bowl 50 event activities. Chief Kehmna is no stranger to technology since his department responds to many high tech businesses in Silicon Valley. But using a company headquartered near Denver, CO to connect emergency responders to one another via tablets, smartphones, and computers seems fitting as the Denver Broncos come to California’s tech capitol.

"Intterra is a great resource connecting us to real-time data, analytics, and maps. This technology allows us to instantly know what is happening in the region so we can make decisions faster than ever before," stated Chief Kehmna. “Intterra has worked diligently to get us ready for this event and we look forward to working with them for many years to come."
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Kate Dargan spent 30 years as a firefighter and fire chief before being appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California’s top fire post of State Fire Marshal in 2007. It was a first for a woman and followed a career of firsts for her as a firefighter. After retiring, Chief Dargan knew there was a need for better data for firefighters, so in 2010 she co-founded Intterra, Inc. with two partners, David Blankinship and Brian Collins.

Intterra is a software company that provides leading-edge geospatial capabilities to emergency responders. Our core business is a comprehensive suite of technology apps on a platform of real-time data that creates maps, imagery, analytics, and shared data.

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