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An Internet of Things approach to situation awareness for first responders
By Josh Lieberman, senior research scientist at CGA. Thursday, 1/19 at Noon in Room S354, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St.
Video of presentation: Youtube
Abstract: Near realtime Information on the context of an emergency situation and its progression is critical to support first responders who put their own safety at risk to keep others safe. Tools to collect and access that information need to be easy and reliable enough to be used in most any environment by non IT specialists, cost effective enough for state and local government budgets, and scalable to any size of incident. Internet of Things principles and standards have been implemented to address these criteria in an Open Geospatial Consortium pilot activity for the Department of Homeland Security. The goal of the Pilot was to assemble many inexpensive off-the-shelf sensors into an ad hoc yet coherent distributed information system available to everyone involved in responding to or coordinating emergency situations. Many of the tools used in this pilot are based on open source hardware and software, lowering the bar for adoption of this approach for this and many other comparable sensor applications.
Speaker Bio: Josh is a senior research scientist at CGA working on hydrographic ontologies and semantic applications for the U.S. National Map as part of the new Spatiotemporal Innovation Center. He also serves as a coordinating architect and initiative manager for the Open Geospatial Consortium and as a lecturer at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Josh has a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, M.S. from the University of Oregon, and A.B. from Dartmouth College, as well as many years of experience in earth and environmental sciences and geospatial modeling.
Lunch will be served.