BCG demonstrated IPAWS alert origination capabilities during FEMA IPAWS Lab - April, 2017
BCG successfully demonstrated our IPAWS Alert Origination Service Provider (AOSP) capabilities in a technology webinar hosted by the FEMA IPAWS Lab. We joined a short list of 23 vendors across the nation who have proven through demonstration their ability to generate alert messages and deliver them to FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for dissemination to the public. BCG’s achievement in joining the select ranks of AOSP’s means that Federal, State, territorial, tribal and local authorities now have broader choice in software providers for issuing alerts through IPAWS channels, including the Emergency Alert System (EAS); Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) such as Amber Alerts; and National Weather Service Non-Weather Emergency Messages. To Learn more about the program please see FEMA’s IPAWS OPEN Developers or read our full release.
DLAN successfully demonstrated its ability to communicate with other emergency management systems using the highest interoperability standards at the NY-NJ-CT-PA Regional Logistics Program's Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) Data Interoperability Demonstration - March, 2014
As part of its overall review of regional resource management, the Regional Logistics Program committee recommended that all four systems adopt the messaging standard known as Emergency Data Exchange Language Resource Messaging (EDXL-RM). Another recommendation of the group was for the systems to establish operational connections to either IPAWS-OPEN or UICDS. As an early adopter of EDXL-RM and IPAWS standards, DLAN was already in 100% compliance with EDXL-RM and IPAWS standards and has the ability to communicate interoperably out-of-the-box, with no extra equipment, customization, or integration charges required. DLAN utilized its native integrated EDXL-RM and IPAWS capabilities to communicate effectively in the demonstration. The RLP's effort to coordinate this interoperable communications demonstration shows that data exchange between the four different incident management systems in the NY-NJ-CT-PA Region is possible during a disaster (See Briefing).
DisasterLAN Showcases its Ability to Rapidly Exchange Information Between Military and Civilian Emergency Management Communities at the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) 2011 - June, 2011
The Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff directed annual event which focuses on new information technologies designed to solve specific issues identified by combatant commanders and government agencies. Trial 2.32, which BCG participated in, focused on managing military civilian messaging, in which information needs to be rapidly shared between military and civilian emergency management communities. DisasterLAN was chosen as the representative civilian incident management tool. It was used to issue alerts via CAP messages to Military and Civilian Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs), which could then be translated to Allied Data Publication 3 (ADatP3) messages within military channels. Testers found the messaging portion of DLAN to be a "straight forward application that is easy to learn and easy to use." DLAN's implementation of the IPAWS OPEN interface allowed Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and Emergency Data Exchange Language Resource Messaging (EDXL-RM) messages to be exchanged via email (See Full Report).
DisasterLAN met or exceeded all requirements on the National Incident Management System Supporting Technology Evaluation Program (NIMS STEP) - October, 2010
The purpose of NIMS STEP is to provide an objective evaluation of commercial and government software and hardware products to assist in the implementation of NIMS. DLAN was found to be consistent with all 24 NIMS concepts and principles, including emergency support, hazards, preparedness, communications and information management, resource management, and command and management. DLAN also met all Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) and Emergency Data Exchange Language - Distribution Element (EDXL-DE) requirements (See Full Report).
Unlike many solutions out there, DLAN is designed to be interoperable out of the box without requiring external servers or third party interoperable plug ins. Interoperability is built throughout DLAN including mapping, communications, imports/exports, data formats, browser support, device support, data monitoring, and in other areas throughout the software solution. We at BCG want to ensure our customers, that when they chose us, they will have a solution that will be able to interoperate with the various tools that they rely upon to run their day-to-day and emergency operations.
Communication Center Module
The Communications Center is specifically designed to fulfill all user to user or system to system communication needs. All daily or emergency communication is covered out-of-the-box, from internal messages and broadcasts to Email and external message feeds.
The GIS COP Viewer supports the display of data from most common GIS formats out-of-the-box and unlike other solutions that require costly per-user accounts to a third-party GIS platform, DLAN's GIS COP Viewer is accessible to all your DLAN users with no hidden fees. The GIS Module has many interoperability features including the ability to read in and export the following types of files and services:
- Aloha Plume
- CAD data via Email or custom API
- ESRI ArcGIS services
- ESRI online services
- Shape files
- Text files
In addition to these services, DLAN's ArcGIS Sync tool allows users to take any Ticket Manager or Watch Command report and instantly convert it to a feature layer service on ArcGIS online. This means that tickets tracking shelters, damages, donations, resources, road closures, and other work items can be sent to ArcGIS online in real-time as they change in DLAN. Any information included on that report (including any geographic data from addresses, coordinates, points, lines, and polygons) can then be instantly shared on ArcGIS online as layers in Public Dashboards, third party COP viewers, and other types of systems.
System to System
All DLAN systems are interoperable with each other, allowing ticket and data fields to be directly sent from system to system. DLAN can exchange information with any other system that utilizes common protocols for communication and information exchange such as CAP, EDXL, and IPAWS.
DLAN also specifically integrates with Knowledge Center's IMS, allowing DLAN data to be mapped directly to Knowledge Center forms and vice versa. DLAN has a built-in XML data transform engine that allows BCG to do custom integrations and message interoperability quickly and with less expense than many other solutions can offer. For more information on interoperability features, please contact your BCG representative.
BCG Mass Notification
Through BCG's mass notification systems (such as NY-Alert), DLAN can send messages through:
- Alpha Pagers
- CAP 1.2
- iALERTZ mobile application
- Private RSS
- Reverse 911
- RSS Feeds
- SMS Priority