IMDSS and MITOC Projects Demonstrated at the DHS S&T Expo
Date: May 9, 2011
The IMDSS and MITOC projects was demonstrated at the DHS S&T Expo on April 28, 2011 at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, DC. The Expo will demonstrated and displayed S&T Technologies that support our Citizens and First Responders when protecting, responding and recovering from hazards.
Mobile Information and Telecom Operations Center (MITOC)
MITOC is a pre-configured, low-cost, and easy to use emergency communications system. It is totally independent from terrestrial power while offering robust communications viability. MITOC has the capability to offer communication uplinks through existing wired, cellular, and satellite connections. This gives versatility in the communications paths that may be required in getting mission critical communications out. A WiFi network is also available to provide a network to all responders to an emergency event. Thirty-five MITOC units are currently in operation with public health, higher education, public safety, fire safety, and mine safety.
The MITOC demonstration showed:
- Off grid power capability - battery - solar
- WiFi for emergency responders
- Alternative communications channels
- VIOP phone capabilities
Incident Management Decision Support System (IMDSS)
IMDSS delivers a web enabled software suite to collect, share and process data and events as they occur, providing situation awareness at the local emergency management level and incident management level. IMDSS delivers near-real-time fusion of data from a variety of local sources providing the ability to monitor and respond to emergency situations in a timely fashion.
The Incident Management Decision Support System (IMDSS) is a software tool that organizes incident-related information for first-responders in rural environments — enabling them to save lives and protect property.
As a low-cost web-based application, IMDSS provides an intuitive interface designed for easy navigation, allowing users to quickly accomplish incident resolution tasks.
Whether used to communicate with personnel, organize a response, or get an accurate operational picture via real-time mapping, IMDSS removes barriers and speeds resource
The IMDSS demonstration included:
- Incident overview
- ICS Organization
- Document management
- Map interface
In the photo below, the MITOC unit.