Collaborative Technology Integration
TechVetTM is a streamline process designed to allow stakeholder public safety agencies within municipalities to quickly understand, integrate and procure new technologies. The Forums allow industry to present new and innovative technologies as they relate specifically to a predetermined set of requirements within the context of a predefined project or need.
TechVet Forums provide an opportunity for inventors, innovators or industry to present to the proper stakeholders all at once in a structured environment, giving them an opportunity to showcase their technology and explain how it relates and integrates into the larger program. Stakeholders utilize structured feedback packages that are specifically tailor to each technology presented and how the technology relates to the project at hand. The feedback package also provides an easy rating system of how well the technology fits with the stakeholders need and/or requirement. Stakeholders provide feedback on each technology presented and are allowed to ask questions afterward.
TechVet forums are held periodically, as needed during the development of the pilot program. Typically 4-5 technologies are presented at any one TechVet Forum. Information is delivered in a very concise manner and each presentation/demonstration is limited to 12 minutes in an effort condense presentations, remove any superfluous information, and provide efficiency to the stakeholder audience. Feedback forms are gathered and reviewed by the project's technology team for suitability and ease of integration.
If the vetted technology shows promise for further testing, the technology team works with the TechVet partner to integrate the technology into the project. This is accomplished through a series of testing and integration processes and demonstrations. Once the technology reaches a sufficient integration level within the workflow of the project, a functional exercise is held with the appropriate public safety municipal agency to further integrate and test the planned workflow. One or more functional exercises may be required to further refine the technology integration with the agency practitioners and ensure successful workflow integration.
Working directly with the public safety agency through this iterative process provides enormous value to the industry partner, as it allows direct access to the practitioner that will use their product/technology as well as decision makers that will ultimately purchase and support the technology. Once successfully integrated, the technology becomes part of the use case documentation of the pilot project and is promoted through GEOHuntsville, Blueprint for Safety and Exemplar City.
At the completion of the TechVet process, the industry partner is afforded certain privileges as a TechVet Graduate and
achieves status as Preferred Provider in the Exemplar City portfolio program.
Blueprint For SafetyTM
A Game Plan for Building Safer Communities
The Blueprint for Safety Use Case portfolio is specifically designed to address the requirements needed for local municipalities to build safe, secure and sustainable communities.
As such, a critical element of the design is to adhere to guidelines and structures put in place by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies to protect the well-being of United States citizens. The National Preparedness Goal identifies five mission areas in which it groups the 32 core capabilities (the distinct critical elements needed to achieve the goal).
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is intended to be used by the whole community --the intended audience is individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and local, state, tribal, territorial, insular areas, and Federal governments.
Collectively we define success as:
A secure and resilient Nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.
Our Current Use Case Portfolio aims to address 23 of the 32 Core Capabilities
Pilot Project: Blueprint for Safety
Regional GEOINT and Responder Working Group Pilot Project
Background: The April 2011 Tornado Super Outbreak produced 15 violent tornadoes rated EF-4 or higher (including four EF-5s) which struck the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. The four day period, April 25 through April 28th, marks one of the deadliest tornado super outbreaks in recent history, with a total of 358 tornadoes confirmed by the National Weather Service, claiming the lives of 324 people. In Alabama alone, 238 tornado-related deaths were confirmed by the state’s Emergency Management Agency.
An event of such magnitude has generated massive amounts of research, lessons learned, and new data. GEO Huntsville’s Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) and Responder Working Groups drew upon the data created from this historic event to develop a pilot project aimed at developing and integrating a new generation of current technologies, tools and methods to assist in effective cross-jurisdictional information sharing and rapid response to catastrophic events. Furthermore, the pilot sought to build efficiencies in day-to-day operations by increasing information sharing among the participating public safety agencies.
Implementation: In January 2014, members of GEO Huntsville’s GEOINT and Responder working groups launched the rapid disaster response regional pilot program known as “Blueprint for Safety”. Work is underway to discover, define and test current data collection and technology integration methods. The working group was successful in demonstrating how existing and emerging technologies can enhance geospatial intelligence gathering through information sharing platforms to improve multi-jurisdictional rapid response.
The team incorporated a variety of new on-demand, online self-service technologies and methods, one of which is a new tool set created by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) Integrated Working Group - Readiness, Response, and Recovery (IWG-R3) team for public safety use. Huntsville is utilizing the IWG-R3’s workflow tool suite of open source code that is available on GitHub. In addition, GeoQ has been used to collect geospatial features using automatic notification and manage feature collection using Structured Observation Management (SOM) from among groups of users. Finally, it has the ability to employ crowdsourcing, gamification, RFI creation and management, and the Event Page toolset to enhance information gathering and sharing during critical events. This solution, then, provides sufficient and effective transparency. Each are employing new cloud based methods built upon standards-based, open standards architectures. Multi-level access and cyber security measures are applied to actionable information to facilitate better situational awareness and understanding of events in a municipal or county government environment. The mission of the Blueprint for Safety pilot is to utilize geospatial intelligence to protect the local economy and security of the citizens to remain viable during a crisis.
The first phase of this pilot included a series of exercises and culminate in a capstone demonstration that proves the required technology integration solutions and governance framework are in place for information to be shared among multiple agencies. Future phases seek to build upon the established framework, governance, data model structures and lessons learned created in the initial phase to establish day-to-day exchange of actionable information among agencies.
The pilot participants will work in partnership to integrate disparate technologies, platforms, and data models to enable seamless communication of data, video, and imagery in real time to improve regional preparation, protection, response and recovery activities among partner agencies.