Intergraph Corporation, the providers of Spatial Information Management (SIM), has announced its participation in a demonstration of interoperable emergency communications on March 29, 2005. More than 80 state, local and federal organizations and more than 15 technology providers shared real-time information on multiple all-hazards emergency events by routing messages to the emergency response agencies using the Emergency Provider Access Directory (EPAD).
Developed by COMCARE, a 100-organization nonprofit emergency response alliance, EPAD gives authorized agencies the ability to register to receive and distribute messages based on geography, incident or agency type for all kinds of emergency events.
Incorporating commercial information technologies, networks and EPAD, the demonstration focused on interoperable data messaging and data standards developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The goal is to enable messaging between all entities involved in emergency response, employing the communications and information systems that agencies use on a daily basis.