For the next few days our government team will be immersed in the world of emergency messaging and alerting at the Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness conference in Philadelphia. We’ll be in booth #505, so please stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.
We look forward to discussing the announcements we made last week (DHS/DNDO as a customer, Thermo Fisher as a partner, and our new geospatial routing capability) and seeing what else is hot in the world of information exchange and critical incident preparedness.
In addition, we’ll be participating in a demonstration designed to show off how a range of technologies can help authorities manage a multi-faceted critical incident. In the scenario, an ammonia leak is detected in the Philadelphia Flyers’ arena shortly before game time, just as a severe weather front is moving into town. The scenario includes the routing of alerts and information as citizens are notified about the situation and given appropriate instructions depending on their location, hazmat teams are dispatched to the site of the ammonia leak, injured parties are sent to the best hospital for treatment, a tornado warning is issued, and more. The scenario includes practices and protocols such as geospatial routing, Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), Emergency Alert System (EAS), DM-OPEN, EDXL, Commercial Mobile Alerts System (CMAS) and EDXL Hospital Availability Exchange (HAVE). It should be an impressive display of the kind of information sharing being streamlined through the efforts of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).