Disaster Management

INTRODUCTION

Intaero has the basic, core products to equip a Disaster Management Centre associated organisations with the software necessary for communications and situation management. These include a Common Alerting Protocol and networked software (Depictor) to plan for, predict, share, display and manage disasters of all types.

COMMON ALERTING PROTOCOL

Disasters, both natural and industrial, usually happen in places that are not prepared for the tragic events. Effective warning to the affected population can make a tremendous difference in terms of loss of life and damage to property and effective management of the post-disaster support can alleviate suffering to a large degree.

Intaero has developed a Common Alerting Protocol, based on CAP 1.2 which is the International Standard for the exchange of messages between Emergency Alerting Systems and which is endorsed, developed and maintained by the OASIS organisation. The CAP architecture looks as shown in the diagram below:

This “plug and play” software is compatible with all emergency alerting equipment and has a number of elements to enable the system to work seamlessly. These include:
CAP Server
  • A suite of software for reception and dissemination of CAP messages
  • Storage of CAP messages and logging of all system activity
CAP Administration
  • Software tools that allow for the administration of all sources and consumers of CAP messages and allow users to create and edit user accounts
CAP Tracking
  • Software tools that track the communication of CAP messages and their status
CAP Management
  • Software tools to enable command centre operators to process CAP messages from external agencies and transmit the messages to consumers to a geographical basis to warn the public via TV stations, radio stations internet, social media etc.
Communications
  • Voice communications and internet.

An example of a typical screen is shown below:

Common-Alerting-Protocol-Editor

Intaero has also developed an Information Management and Decision Support system that can interface to numerous data and information sources and then correlate and display these data in a geographical context. Depictor has a GIS front end, enabling it to be used for disaster planning and prediction and for the immediate promulgation of predictions to the Command Centre in an easy to use, graphical format.

Depictor can be configured to sit on the desk of every element of the Disaster planning and management network, including Police, Fire, EMS, Local Authorities etc.

TRACKING AND MONITORING OF EQUIPMENT AND PERSONNEL

Knowing the current location and status of people, equipment and supplies can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful rescue operation.  Historically, such information has required expensive radio equipment, often with limited ranges, particularly in an urban environment.

We have integrated the output of very small, rugged, waterproof, GPS-based, tracking devices into a central monitoring service.  The tracking devices consist of military quality, GPS / GSM modules with a vibration sensor alarm and voice sensor alarm and SOS and AGPS assisted remote location.  The output of the tracking devices is integrated into Depictor to display all information from the devices and other sources such as individuals using mobile phones.

We would promote the use of a Mobile Command and Communication Centre to be located in the region of the disaster that would enable on-site commanders to have all necessary information available in near real time. Equipment would include:

Rugged computers and displays

A GSM base station in the event that the local GSM network is swamped or not functional

A VSAT base station for video and voice communication with the regional and national command centres

A VHF Base station to enable communication with the first responders