Thursday, June 6, 2013

Observations About Security at Large Events

The June 2013 edition of Geo International offers an article about actions communities can take to enhance security when hosting large events. Written by Kalyn Sims, Vice President, Safety Portfolio, Intergraph's Security, Government & Infrastructure subsidiary, the article develops two main themes in the aftermath of the Boston Bombings. First, points of consideration when buying equipment for everyday use so it's flexible enough to handle the occasional large event. Second, ways to deploy technologies so that data feeds "neck-down" to an appropriately configured Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and/or Common Operating Picture (COP) platform. More below:

(Geo International, June 2013)

Comment: Although this article reads somewhat like a checklist of things to do, it does provide an excellent overview and some great thoughts about a complex subject. The only point I would add to Ms. Sims's comments is one that makes me sound like a broken record. Technical specifications for Next Generation 911 mean future CAD systems must be able to handle location information in three formats: street address, latitude/longitude, and - you guessed it - U.S. National Grid. Consequently, make sure any new CAD system you buy includes a USNG capability up front or you will have to pay for it later!

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