First Point Community Portal has been making waves in the Isle of Man
This article was published by the Isle of Man Newspapers on iomtoday.im
A new project designed to provide greater support to people in emergency situations is being introduced to the public.
Last week it was the turn of Port St Mary when the project’s lead, Alexandra Koyfman, was in the town hall explaining to the public what it’s all about.
The First Point Community Portal has been developed by technology company PDMS in partnership with some of the island’s charities and emergency services to provide additional support to members of the island community who experience day to day difficulties.
It is aimed at people such as the older generation living alone or those living with dementia who may find themselves in emergency situations.
Users can either create a profile for themselves or request that one of the project’s charity partners create and manage a profile on their behalf.
Emergency services personnel can search through the registered profiles using a separate, password-protected, secure channel during emergency situations in order to more quickly identify a person, bring them to a place of safety, provide better care and contact loved ones sooner.
The idea of the portal came from the police.
They believe that about 100 incidents a month could be better addressed through this information.
PC Mike Griffiths, one of three police officers involved in the project, said the portal ’will ensure that we have all the tools available to us to make the person feel at ease and give the family peace of mind that their loved one is in safe hands.’