Command and Control System for the Fire Brigade
By order of the Middle Gelderland security region, together with its partners EAL and Nieuwland, Geodan is developing a Command and Control System (CCS) for the fire brigade in this region. The idea is to develop a safer and more efficient system for combating forest fires in the Veluwe hill plateau.
The CCS contains both mobile and emergency room components. The mobile components can be used in the fire engines. An officer on duty can coordinate fire-fighting operations from the fire engine. He can define an incident, connect this to vehicles and provide these vehicles with specific or generic information with visual guidance to certain points on the map. This information is composed of text messages as well as geometric data (points, lines and planes). This way, the vehicles can receive targets (point locations) and measurement instructions (in case of an incident involving hazardous substances) as well as indications on the seat of the fire (as a polygon). Modifications as a result of turning of the wind can be introduced easily so everyone would know immediately. All fire engines are equipped with a GIS viewer so they could know their location based on GPS, as well as the location of the other engines, which is helpful for sending each other better-targeted data.
The CCS has all characteristics required for a generic and mobile platform for emergency services. It is based on Open Standards, web services, the GDI concept and the recently released version of the worldwide implemented RTLS (Real-Time Location System) Geodan Movida (version 1.3.1).
At the moment, communication within the CCS between the different fire engines and the emergency room is based on GPRS. However, the system is prepared for communication through the OOV standard C2000.
The system can be easily expanded to other fire brigade applications such as fire fighting in an urban setting. And what is even more interesting: it will function perfectly in a multidisciplinary environment where the police, the fire brigade and the ambulance services all work closely together. At the moment, there are discussions on the integration of accessibility maps and action plans, the link to Sherpa and the adding of additional data layers based on web services. For all future plans, the RTLS Geodan Movida offers ample possibilities, among other things for tracking and tracing and for the automatic generation of location-based alerts (geofencing).
The project is currently in the wrap-up phase, with preparations for the beginning of the coming forest fire season. The operational environment will be transferred to Middle Gelderland, followed by training for the fire brigades. Expectations are the system will be fully operational in May.
With its CCS initiatives, Geodan has laid the foundations for the development of an integrated OOV platform based on GDI standards.
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