Pentagon mobile intell center to the rescue
When civilian agencies need help during a disaster, one of the places they can call is the Pentagon. When requested, the Pentagon dispatches the Defense Department’s Domestic Mobile Integrated Geospatial-Intelligence System (DMIGS), which is a 44-foot long vehicle shaped a bit like a fire truck. It carries generators and a 2.4-meter wide satellite dish antenna, so it is almost guaranteed to be able to stay in touch.
Inside, the truck has room for up to six analysts to work. They can update the Homeland Security Infrastructure Program (HSIP), a common operational baseline of geospatial data, with the data coming in for people on-site. This information is then sent out to the mobile devices of emergency response teams so they can have a clearer picture of what challenges lie ahead of them.
The DMIGS was deployed in response to Superstorm Sandy, for example.
DOD is working on improvements so that first-responders are even more well-informed when they head out. Next in development is an app that will help map and catalog fallen trees. Optimally, on-site personnel would be able to know where a fallen tree is, and some of its characteristics, such as size. This info would help assign appropriate resources to remove the tree.
Posted by Greg Crowe on Nov 29, 2012 at 9:39 AM