The company was founded by Michele Smith, the wife of a firefighter and a computer programmer out of Atlanta, GA. “The amount of monthly training that first responders complete every month requires a video on demand solution” stated Michele. After realizing that her firefighter husband had to spend countless hours in front of a computer screen every month to complete his required training, Michele knew their had to be a better way.
“My husband is in a station with 7 other firefighters and they only have two computers. Each firefighter is required to complete 6 hours of video training per month over the computer. With 8 people completing the same hours that adds up to 48 hours of total computer time. When you add in the required routine tasks and responding to emergency calls, the firefighters struggle to get everything done in the shift”, stated Michele.
Determined to solve the problem, Michele began researching video on demand solutions. After many hours of research, Michele found the solution and founded trainlu.
“trainlu is a simple and affordable solution that allows each department to upload their training videos to a hosted library. Each station then uses a Video On Demand Codec that attaches to the television that streams the training video on demand by using a simple remote control. The videos are transferred to the video on demand device via the station's wireless router. trainlu uses the same technology that Netflix uses to stream movies to your home television”, stated Michele.
The trainlu video on demand solution allows every firefighter to watch the training video at the same time. This saves time and allows the firefighters to be more efficient.
The looming question is light of recent budget cuts is how much of a hit to the budget will a video on demand service require. “The trainlu system is very affordable, the monthly cost is $49 per video on demand device which is one per station, with only a $2,500 initial channel development fee. The major goal was to make the solution affordable. With furloughs and budget cuts all across the nation, I knew price would be the most important aspect. The goal was to solve the training problem with a solution that even smaller departments could afford”, stated Michele.
You can find more information about the trianlu video on demand training solution online at www.trainlu.com.