updated 1/5/2011 10:46:26 AM ET 2011-01-05T15:46:26

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio, Jan. 5, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NaviGate™ by Lauren Innovations, a Web-based critical information system for safety and security purposes, is pleased to announce the release of version 5.0. The release, which rolled out at 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 4, 2011, includes a new user-interface, document and incident management capabilities and enhancements to the existing emergency and learning management modules.

"We are proud and excited to release 5.0 in response to the ideas and input from many of our users," commented Dr. Bennet Fierman, president of Lauren Innovations. "The challenge always is providing added value and practical capability combined with our commitment to an intuitive, clean interface. The new integration of Document Management and Incident Management, along with navigation enhancements delivers exactly that."

As users log on post-release, they will notice both cosmetic and layout changes to the NaviGate system. A customizable landing page as well as the choice between a traditional pull-down navigation bar or directory tree navigation pane will greet users as the most visible changes to the system. By using the directory tree, users can link directly to any page on the site and even jump right to a single site plan, photo, incident report or document with just one click. Standard upgrade features also include an integrated help section for each page as well as a searchable knowledge base of common questions and their solutions.

Document Management

The Document Management system is a new module released in version 5.0. Users can create, store, edit and add existing documents—and with permissions set at the document level, visibility control is never a problem. Whether HR creates a new personnel policy or Risk Management requires the tracking of hazardous materials with MSDS sheets, NaviGate's Document Management system has the functionality to span any department within an organization. Documents can also be linked directly to areas in the Site and Building Plan module within NaviGate, users can upload or create a new document once and link it to multiple areas which are automatically updated when a new version is published; additionally, all changes to a document are tracked and previous versions can be archived with a new document release. Individual documents can also be tagged to be included in the virtual binder.

Incident Management

The Incident Management system is another new module in NaviGate version 5.0. It allows users to track incidents and all of the details surrounding the incident such as people, vehicles and locations. The pin map feature can tag an incident to a specific location on a building or site plan which can later be reported on to view and track incident trends. Further, the Incident Management module contains customized reporting functionality, the option to ban and keep track of persons banned from a property as well as a Google Maps interface that provides the ability to track incidents, people and vehicles across multiple sites. Using this new module, safety and security personnel at a hospital or university can easily track incidents on campus and be proactive to avoid future occurrences.

Emergency Management

The existing Emergency Management module within NaviGate has also been retooled; the updated Resource Manager, with an improved check-in/check-out process, allows a facility to keep track of critical equipment. Users can now see a list of checked out items along with an estimated check-in date, as well as the ability to see the full address listing of the available resource. The Emergency Call list has also been updated to make management of the list easier and provides full contact information on the list without any clicking. The Live Camera and Video links section has been combined into one page for ease in finding media, and the sortable headings on the photos page makes for easier management and sorting. Approved users can now also delete photos directly from the photos page. Updates to the Virtual Binder have also been made to include a faster load-time, page indexing for faster references and allows users to specify what documents are included.

These updates, in addition to the existing modules, such as Learning Management, will allow NaviGate by Lauren Innovations to further provide actionable data that can be used to enhance security, safety, compliance and efficiency in an easy-to-use, Web-based format for daily and emergency response situations. No expected downtime or server outage is expected as a part of the release. NaviGate by Lauren Innovations has been gaining momentum as the must-have product for any organization needing to collect, manage, and apply their unique essential information through integrated document, incident, and learning management functions. Through controlled, role- and permission–based access, NaviGate optimizes daily operations and emergency response, with secure, instant access to information at any time, from anywhere.

NaviGate by Lauren Innovations began as a resource to provide vital information to first responders, including floor plans, response plans, call lists, videos, photos and locations of hazardous materials, among other important documentation. While emergency management is still an important component of the system's functionality, it is now fully integrated to also include incident management, document management and learning management systems.

About NaviGate™ by Lauren Innovations

NaviGate™ by Lauren Innovations is a highly secure, web–based system that can be used by any organization to collect, manage, and apply their unique essential information through integrated document, incident, and learning management functions. Based on its proven effectiveness, NaviGate has received SAFETY Act designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and has been given a highly effective rating by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) Laboratory. For more news and upcoming events, visit www.laureninnovations.com , or stop by the NCS4 site to view the full evaluation and methodology at http://lab.ncs4.com .

About Lauren Innovations

Lauren Innovations ( www.laureninnovations.com ) is dedicated to the development and enhancement of technologies and services that contribute to a safer, healthier and more secure world. Headquartered in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Lauren Innovations is a subsidiary of Lauren International ( www.laureninternational.com ). For more information, call 866.861.7400.

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Lauren Innovations ( www.laureninnovations.com ) is dedicated to the development and enhancement of technologies and services that contribute to a safer, healthier and more secure world. Headquartered in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Lauren Innovations is a subsidiary of Lauren International ( www.laureninternational.com ). For more information, call 866.861.7400.

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