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Command Support System

Command Support System is a powerful new technology platform that solves a common operational problem for emergency commanders and managers around the world how to deliver and share a Common Operational Picture across emergency services and agencies during major incidents to improve situational awareness, collaboration and response effectiveness. VectorCommands revolutionary new Command Support System is the worlds first interoperable, distributed C4I system (Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Information system) for managing single and multi-agency emergency incidents.


Command Support System's Whiteboard can be used for planning or information sharing Using a combination of key technologies GIS mapping, live and still imagery, asset management systems, instant messaging, database access, electronic whiteboards and incident recording the Command Support System allows incident commanders at all levels of an incident or multiple incidents to contribute to, access and share a Common Operational Picture. All controls are touch-screen and icon-based for easy use by non-technical operators.


Command Support System on Panasonic Toughbook For emergency responders, building and sharing a Common Operational Picture, securely, across a single incident or multiple incidents throughout all levels of an organisation and between agencies is vital, a critical requirement for saving lives and improving emergency response efficiency The Command Support System platform delivers to all commanders the ability to contribute to and view a Common Operational Picture live updated dynamically in real time. With its intuitive, icon-based drag-and-drop interface the system supports emergency commanders with unparalleled, high speed access to critical incident information: Using and combining these different technologies commanders can input the location of assets (personnel, vehicles), create sketchmaps to show and share plans, all on one integrated easy-to-use touch-screen platform. But they can also do much more accessing the personnel database allows a commander to see the skills and qualifications of individual personnel, drawing on imagery within the sketchmap module allows a commander to provide a clear explanation of what hazards exist on an emergency site and how he wants his personnel to deal with problems. Customers for the Command Support System include the London Fire Brigade, the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service, the UK Police National CBRN Centre, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Local Resilience Forum and the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service Incident Command Vehicles The image (right) shows Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Services newly commissioned Incident Command Units, both of which have the Command Support System onboard. Click here to read the full story.

Clients include the London Fire Brigade (London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority), South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service, the European Community Mechanism for Civil Protection/ Environment Directorate General of the European Commission, Australian and New Zealand fire and rescue services, Qatar Petroleum, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and the multi-agency UK Police National CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) Training Centre.

Clear decision-making model-based interface Intuitive Icon-based controls, touch screen, drag-and-drop functionality GIS mapping with integrated drawing tools (module graphic) Links to RFID and geo-location systems Imagery, both still and live, from incident cameras, CCTV, heli-tele, still cameras (graphics) Asset management, linked to personnel databases and mobilising system(module or other screen graphic) Web browser, for integrated use of any web-sourced material plans, satellite imagery, maps, plans News Database access and integration through CITRIX Standard Operating Procedures and Action Plans sorted for relevance by incident type Messaging chronological log of radio and user messages Electronic whiteboard, for writing, recording and distributing plans, and annotating screen-grabbed imagery, maps and sketchmaps (sketch) Automatic incident recording, date stamped and secured, for post-incident reviews and enquiries Operates dynamically, updated in real time System integration Systems can be installed, run and integrated through wireless and other networks on wireless laptops, incident command vehicle-mounted desktops, emergency command centres Interoperable between different emergency services and agencies Features built-in security systems for controlled access at different levels within command hierarchies and between organisations Open GIS-compliant conforms to Open GIS protocols, for improved access to a wide range of digital mapping Thick client system mapping and other emergency data is held on individual system laptops, enabling continued working even when communications links are temporarily disrupted

Unparalleled technological power for creating and sharing a Common Operational Picture (COP), across incident grounds, within all levels of emergency services and agencies, and between services and agencies. Gives commanders faster access to critical incident information at the start of an incident, for improving command decision making. Provides high levels of situational awareness and command clarity under high stress conditions. Allows commanders to receive the full benefits of new technologies by pulling together different display and information management technologies such as GIS mapping, imagery, asset management systems and electronic whiteboards to allow commanders to create, share and make command decisions viewing a clear, easy-tounderstand picture of what is happening during an incident or incidents, where assets are deployed, how additional assets should be deployed etc. Interactive planning Audit trail established for future enquiries, assessments and investigations

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