Thursday, December 1, 2011

Next HIFLD Meeting: January 24-25, 2012, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Here are the details for the next  Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data Work Group (HIFLD) meeting:

Date: 24-25 January 2011

Where: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS)

  • Cross Border Security and Shared Situational Awareness
  • Identification, acquisition and use of common geospatial infrastructure data and applications for shared use among HIFLD WG members

Questions: Casey Perry, 703.377.9684, and/or the HIFLD Support team at

Comment: Earlier this year the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) yanked funding from the Secure Border Initiative after spending over $1 billion on a Boeing led effort that relied heavily on, you guessed it, remote sensing and geospatial technologies.  Go here to read more.  In contrast, as illuminated in a Directions magazine article published last month: "Virtual City: a Cost-effective Approach to Information Sharing for More Secure Borders", there are ways for partners to effectively work together across borders with these technologies in a more cost effective manner.  Consequently, given the stated subject matter for this meeting, it would be reasonable to expect these two very different approaches would be a focal point of discussions.

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