FEMA Integrates GIS Tech Into Hurricane Response and Recovery

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Hurricane Journal uses geospatial system technology from Esri to combine information from all those sources into a cloud-based dashboard for disaster-response decision-making. The Hurricane Journal draws on data from joint field offices, disaster recovery centers, shelters and other sources. It is organized into sections with maps related to support, resources, assistance, population, building impacts, transportation and infrastructure.

https://gcn.com/articles/2017/10/11/dig-it-data-fema-hurricane-journal.aspx?admgarea=TC_BigData

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DHS Awards Apcerto $1.6M for Mobile App Security Research

Apcerto received a $1.6 million cooperative agreement from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to research and develop solutions for normalizing and rating mobile applications based on predefined standards, as well as to develop a framework for orchestrating the entire mobile application security process.

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/15922

Verizon Proposes FirstNet Alternative

Verizon is building out its own network for public safety and first responder organizations, hoping to offer the enhanced services to users of its national wireless network. “We’ve proposed a network solution we believe will achieve the mission of FirstNet, as well as maintain the competitive nature of the communications marketplace,” said Michael Maiorana, senior vice president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

https://gcn.com/articles/2017/08/17/verizon-firstnet-alternative.aspx?admgarea=TC_STATELOCAL

DHS, NYPD Test Mesh Networking, Android Tactical Awareness

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate First Responder Group examined two communications technologies and evaluated them for public-safety use. FRG evaluated the Mobile Ad-hoc Networking system, a communications system originally developed for military use, and an Android Tactical Awareness Kit to determine if they could improve communications and public-safety situational awareness.

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/15802

Emergency Apps Fail Real-World User-Centered Design Test  

When first responders are overwhelmed by an emergency and people are panicked and desperate, it is increasingly vital that victims can get information they need via their smartphones. Now that MAPFEAT can show what people really want to know in a mass emergency, the researchers hope public information apps can be updated to address the needs of a panicked population by providing useful information.

Emergency apps fail real-world user-centered design test