Public Television and S&T Use Datacasting to Foil Simulated School Shooting

On October 24, 2018, a simulated school shooting incident was conducted at the Adams Central Community Schools in Grant County, Indiana. The exercise was sponsored by DHS S&T, in collaboration with the Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission, Adams County Sheriff, Adams County Emergency Management Agency, Adams County School District, and public television station PBS39, which serves Adams County and is headquartered in Fort Wayne. Datacasting over PBS39 was used to share critical information from the simulated incident with first responders and public safety officials from multiple agencies.

The information included live video from multiple cameras, school blueprints and other information essential for responding to an actual school shooting threat. School administrators and teachers participated in the demonstration, but students were not on campus.