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Introducing RAIDER/NIMS

(National Incident Management System)

While most emergency situations are handled locally, when there's a major incident help may be needed from other jurisdictions, the state and the federal government. NIMS was developed by the Federal government so responders from different jurisdictions and disciplines can work together better to respond to natural disasters and emergencies, including acts of terrorism.

RAIDER/NIMS is a hardware/software system that addresses NIMS goals of interoperability and information sharing. Housed in a rugged, mobile computer that is carried to an incident site, RAIDER efficiently gathers, stores and forwards information collected at the site in real-time.

Increased safety of First Responders

Hazmat personnel carry portable instruments into a “hot” zone to measure levels of Chemical, Biological or Radiological contamination. Because of heavy layers of protective clothing and poor visibility, they often rely on audible alarms for indication of hazardous conditions. RAIDER enables personnel in a command vehicle to safely monitor instruments in the hot zone. RAIDER’s real-time graphical displays enable personnel in the command vehicle to observe trends and provide guidance and advance warning to evacuate the hot zone in order to prevent injury or loss of life.

Increased situational awareness at Command Centers

RAIDER enables First Responders to share information in real-time with Command Centers located many miles away from the incident site. These centers may receive information from several incidents concurrently. Situational maps display the location of these sites along with other contextual data such as local demographics and weather conditions. Personnel at Command Centers may elect to view RAIDER’s graphical displays of instrument data in real-time or from archived sessions. Analysis of this data by domain experts can provide valuable information to responsible decision makers to activate evacuation plans and mobilize additional resources.

Web-based Interoperability

RAIDER's unique web-based architecture offers a simple path to interoperability with other software and hardware systems installed at Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and other government and civilian agencies. Most information is easily accessed using a simple browser and point-and-click interface. Integration with external programs and databases is easily achieved via dynamic web page and web service requests.

Whenever possible, RAIDER data is presented in a GIS (map-based) context. RAIDER can present data using its own GIS context as well as provide only the location of its data sources so that they may be integrated with more sophisticated geo-spatial databases located at Emergency Operations Centers.

Security and Surviveability

The system is extremely secure and only pre-approved and authenticated correspondents are allowed access to its information files. The system includes fingerprint identification to allow only designated local staff to access information stored in the system.

Data collected at the site is archived in the rugged, portable computer and is available for forensic analysis in case the vehicle is compromised and the crew is forced to evacuate.

Asset/resource Database

Following NIMS guidelines, the system includes an asset/resource inventory database that provides information on the vehicle's physical characteristics, staffing, communications capabilities and a detailed list of scientific and other equipment that is carried in the vehicle.


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