US: NVision announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently designated the company’s REACT (Real-Time Emergency Action Coordination Tool) as a “Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology” through the DHS SAFETY Act. NVision formerly marketed the tool in conjunction with other partner technologies as HazNet.
REACT is a crisis management information system combining the visual power of satellite-based GIS mapping and analysis with the DHS-mandated reporting and organizational requirements of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NVision based REACT on lessons learned from multiple disasters and exercises. First responders used REACT for hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, Gustav, and Ike. Multiple agencies currently use REACT for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster. NVision and its partners routinely use REACT for exercise control in emergency response exercises around the nation.
The SAFETY (Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) Act encourages the development and rapid deployment of anti-terrorism technologies by giving liability protection from lawsuits to vendors, customers, and users of qualified technologies.
REACT is the result of seven years of NASA-funded research through the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program, the NASA Dual-Use Technology Transfer Program, and the NASA Innovative Partnership Program.
Current REACT users include all NASA centres throughout the country; Hancock County, Mississippi; St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana; the Mississippi National Guard; the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security; and the Center for Asymmetric Warfare.