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Avtec donation helps strengthen Clemson University’s emergency operations

October 5, 2017

Avtec, the leading independent provider of pure Internet Protocol dispatch console solutions, has donated dispatching software, products, and services, valued at $428,000, to the Clemson Unified Command Post. In addition, Avtec has donated $75,000 cash to Clemson to strengthen academic, research, and public service programming related to emergency management in the Watt Family Innovation Center Center. This donation will support a variety of emergency management projects that will be conducted in the Avtec Emergency Response Center.

Alumni, Michael Branning (Clemson Class of ’86), Avtec Chief Executive Officer, and family members Donna Branning Thompson (’88) and Linda Branning Doherty (’92) were crucial in making the donation to Clemson University. “This gift is about ensuring the safety of the students and sports fans who visit the Clemson campus each year,” said Branning. “It also demonstrates our family’s appreciation for our alma mater.”

Avtec’s donation has already had a tremendous effect on Clemson’s campus. The software-based dispatching technology Avtec donated features the Scout Voice over Internet Protocol dispatch console and has already proven critical to Clemson dispatch services during home football games and other large campus events, and according to university Emergency Manager, Lynn Fischer Clemson’s public safety communications immediately improved with the implementation of the Avtec system.

“We are very appreciative of Avtec’s generous contribution to our operations center,” said Denny Lester, associate director of science and technology for the Watt Family Innovation Center. “The company’s contribution will be used to increase student and faculty involvement in cross-discipline academic research and homeland security – areas that align very well with national priorities as well as the university’s ClemsonForward strategic plan priorities.”