S&T pursuing pilot to increase situational awareness capabilities

S&T pursuing pilot to increase situational awareness capabilities.
S&T pursuing pilot to increase situational awareness capabilities.
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) launched a pilot program aimed at improving situational awareness among first response personnel, they announced on Friday.

The program, called the Incident Management Information Sharing (IMIS), aims to utilize the internet to connect different sensors that are able to gather information and to be able to share it with other devices like mobile phone and smart home appliances. S&T is joined in this endeavor by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Integrated Justice information Systems (IJIS).

Through this project, the organizations would be investigating candidate components, standards and architectures that would enable wide usage of different environmental sensors that would be capable of reporting detailed data on the environment and its conditions including the temperature, video of the space and detection of hazardous materials.

“It is imperative that we design this to adequately capture and provide for unique needs of responders in critical incidents, especially the need to get the right information to the right person at the right time,” Next Generation First Responder Apex Program Director John Merrill said. “Too much or unnecessary information can be a dangerous distraction to responders in emergency situations. Reliability is essential for any technology to earn and keep responders’ trust.”

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