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NCJ Number: 201393 Find in a Library
Title: Right Information for the Right Decision: A New Generation of Products and Services Aims To Bring Critical Data to Responders When and Where They Need It
Journal: Homeland Defense Journal  Volume:1  Issue:4  Dated:July 2003  Pages:12-14
Author(s): Mickey McCarter; Christina Holden
Date Published: July 2003
Page Count: 3
Publisher: http://www.homelanddefensejournal.com 
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article profiles various technologies that can provide strategic persons with information needed to respond appropriately in preventing and responding to terrorist incidents.
Abstract: One of the devices described is a handheld device that enables users to quickly access vital information about people and situations without the need to consult paper booklets or call officials. A similar device, called AnyWhere, enables authorities in the field to validate the identity and background of suspects they encounter who are acting suspiciously. A third technology involves a search engine that provides geographical text search capability. After a user inputs an address, the search engine presents a map of the area surrounding it and allows an unstructured text search on documents that relate to it. Another technology provides a real-time messaging system that can service the 4 million first-responders nationwide, regardless of their agencies or level of government. An application suite called Siebel Homeland Security provides agencies with the ability to "anticipate, track, prevent, and respond to national security threats." Another development is the Critical Area Response Manager, which is used by first-responders to enhance effective response, as it enables government agencies to take immediate command and control of a situation. Optimus Corp., provides another database for first-responders, as it has the ability to coordinate response management in real time for all first-responders' assets, specifically firefighters and emergency medical service providers. There are also new products to help in breaking down communication and coordination barriers and support that demands decisionmaking scenarios.
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Information dissemination; Information processing; Science and Technology; Technology transfer
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