NLM launches iOS version of WISER

The United States National Library of Medicine recently announced the launch of WISER 3.0, an Apple iOS compatible version of its system designed to assist first responders in hazardous materials incidents.

WISER, the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders, provides users with information on hazardous substances, including their physical characteristics, impact on human health and advice for their containment and suppression.

WISER is a standalone application that can be used on most Windows, Apple, Android and Blackberry devices. The new version, 3.0, adds support for Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

WISER allows users to access a database of 440 chemical, biological and radiological agents from the NLM's Hazardous Substances Data Bank. Agents can be identified through their physical properties, signs of exposure, categorization and transportation containers.

The system can also use internet-based mapping applications to plot protective distance data directly onto mobile devices, giving first responders a clear look at potentially affected areas.

The NLM, founded in 1836, is considered to be the world's largest biomedical library. It is operated by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and located at NIH headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.

All versions of the information system are now available at no cost as a download from the library's website.

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