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Cloud-based infrastructure proposed for rapid emergency response

US: Managing and disseminating the rapidly increasing amount of geospatial data will be a huge challenge for governments and civilians responding to the world”s next big disaster, Eric Vollmecke of the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) said at the NATO Network Enabled Capability conference held in Lisbon, Portugal.

Vollmecke said the use of a cloud computing environment will improve the ability to quickly share critical information between nations and non-governmental organisations. He described the Cloud Concept and Demonstration project that NCOIC is working on for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

The NGA project is a collaborative effort by NCOIC and its member-companies to show the interoperability and movement of data in an open cloud-based infrastructure. NGA is providing unclassified data that supports a scenario depicting the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Vollmecke, who is NCOIC programme director, reported that Cycle One of the NGA project is complete and the cloud infrastructure has been defined and built. In Cycle Two, set to begin in May, NCOIC member-companies will test out the infrastructure. They will function as “actors” – information consumers and providers like police, firefighters, rescue workers, medical personnel, etc. – who plug into the clouds and use the geospatial data to activate unique, sometimes proprietary, applications that demonstrate end-user capabilities.

Source: NCOIC