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IDV Solutions integrates Visual Fusion homeland security software

Date: 2012-11-28
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First responders use software to exchange information in simulated terror attack

IDV Solutions has integrated its Visual Fusion data visualization software with technology that enables public safety agencies to share emergency information in real time.  The Visual Fusion integration with Unified Incident Command & Decision Support (UICDS) was demonstrated during a multi-agency simulation of a terror attack.

During the simulation, incident commanders in Michigan’s St. Clair County used Resilient, a situation awareness application built with Visual Fusion, to visualize operations, monitor the allocation of resources, and track the real-time progress of National Guard specialists traveling to the site from a base 200 miles away.

Through UICDS, Resilient automatically received and visualized data from other agencies’ emergency operations systems, and sent information for other agencies to use. 

“Integrating with UICDS was a technical challenge we were pleased to take on,” said Richard Whisner, IDV Solutions manager for the UICDS project. “By contributing to the development of this technology, we’ve increased the value that Visual Fusion can provide in the public safety sector, and helped advance the state of the art in incident management.”

Visual Fusion unites organizations’ internal data with information available from the Web and other sources (including weather, traffic, and nautical conditions). Public safety agencies in the St. Clair area have integrated live camera feeds, 9-1-1 incident management, and facility floor plans into their Visual Fusion application for a wide-ranging visual command center view.

Visual Fusion presents all of this data in context, on a map and timeline that users can navigate interactively. Using built-in controls, they can filter the data, search, and drill down to quickly find critical information.  They can also use it as a “virtual whiteboard” by drawing important locations and potential impact zones directly on the map for sharing with others in real time. The software can be used through a Web browser or a tablet app.

“We chose Visual Fusion as the platform for Resilient because it lets our many partner agencies share their information in a consolidated view,” said St. Clair County Emergency Management Director Jeffrey A. Friedland.  “It provides the kind of current, relevant information that incident commanders and first responders need in an emergency.”

The test, conducted in October, simulated an emergency in which potential terrorists possessing radioactive material were aboard a boat on the St. Clair River between Michigan and Canada.  More than 100 first responders—police, National Guard troops, SWAT team members, EMTs and others—participated; commanders coordinated the action from a post at a nearby marina, using Resilient.

IDV Solutions is a data visualization software company that helps organizations discover opportunity, identify risk, and take action. For more information, please visit idvsolutions.com 

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via IDV Solutions, 11/27/12)

 

 

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