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Minneapolis wins its second Tekne Award

Minneapolis Emergency Operations Training Facility

November 2011: The Minnesota High Tech Association recognized the City of Minneapolis and its Emergency Operations Training Facility with an award at the 2011 Tekne Awards, held Nov. 3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Tekne Awards recognize Minnesota companies and individuals who have shown superior technology innovation and leadership

The City of Minneapolis took home the award in the “Technology Excellence in a Nonprofit Organization” category that recognized the City’s Emergency Operations Training Facility/Strategic Information Center (EOTF/SIC) for bringing technology and information together to make Minneapolis a safer place. At the facility, technology, digital data, streaming video and highly interactive interfaces come together in one highly efficient communication center for the city.

The Minneapolis Fire Department, Police Department, and Emergency Management division opened the EOTF/SIC in August 2010 as a place where they and other emergency responders could coordinate more closely than had ever been possible before. The facility recently demonstrated its effectiveness during the response to the May 22 tornado that struck north Minneapolis.The multi-purpose building also provides training space for emergency responders.

Presented by the Minnesota High Tech Association, the Tekne Awards annually recognize Minnesota’s best and brightest technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management.

Minneapolis wins award for new, high-tech emergency dispatch system

November 2007: Minneapolis has been recognized with a major technology award for its new cutting-edge system that improves how police and fire crews get to emergency situations. Minneapolis’ new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system won top honors at the eighth annual Tekne Awards, which recognizes companies, organizations, innovations and individuals that make a positive impact on Minnesota's technology-based economy.

The CAD system, which went into service in March 2007, provides 911 operators and emergency responders with new ways to respond smarter and faster to emergency calls by giving them more information.

Among CAD’s features is an automatic vehicle location system, which lets dispatchers and emergency responders know the location of all emergency vehicles throughout the city. CAD also has automatic field reporting, which makes it possible for officers to create electronic citations and get records such as building plans, photographs and even medical information.

The CAD system is one of the success stories following the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse on Aug. 1. It helped crews get to the scene quickly and provided essential information to both dispatchers and first responders.

The $4.39 million CAD system was paid for using homeland security grants, and was developed with TriTech Inc. of San Diego. The IT Project Management Office led the project to install the new CAD system

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)

The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) promotes the growth, sustainability and global competitiveness of Minnesota's technology-based economy through public policy advocacy, member collaboration and education, and community outreach. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota’s entire technology-based economy. MHTA members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, production, application and education in Minnesota. MHTA works in partnership with TechAmerica, which represents Minnesota's technology organizations nationally. Find out more online at

Last updated May 3, 2016



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