DHS announces Incident Command System transfer to commercial market

The next-generation Incident Command System (NCIS) has been transferred to the Worldwide Incident Command Services Corp. (WISC), the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced on Thursday.

The system is a web-based platform that allows collaboration between response agencies at all levels of government, in order to increase overall situational awareness among them. Users are able to operate within the system from any mobile device or computer that has the ability to connect to the Internet.

According to the announcement, 570 organizations and 40 states have representation among the system's approximate 3,300 users. They also state that it has been an effective tool in over 330 emergencies that have taken place since the system's inception.

WISC, a technology transition partner for DHS S&T, will take on the hosting and support for the system and its enhancements. The transition process will begin in late spring of this year. This transition comes as the system has proven to be effective, and testing has shown that it is sustainable and can run at full capacity.

Currently, Android mobile users can use the system through an application. An IOS version is currently in development, and it is expected to reach beta testing this summer.

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