Deployable Communications and Incident Command System for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery

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Deployable Communications and Incident Command System for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery
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Team Members University of North Texas, Civil Air Patrol, Penn State University, AirRobot, Dean Skidmore, LTE+IoT, Unmanned Experts
Point of Contact Kamesh Namuduri
Participating Municipalities City of Denton, TX, Fire Department
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Description

The integrated system will facilitate communications and information sharing during disaster recovery. It can be deployed in area where communications do not exist or failed due to disasters. The system will include (1) A Deployable Communication System, (2) Onboard Sensors (3) Next Generation Incident Command System and (4) Web Services

Challenges

  • Designing an communication node to facilitate communications among multiple stakeholders (citizens, first responders, and volunteers)
  • Deploying the system during disaster recovery times
  • Extending the duration of operation of the system after deployment
  • Extending the ground coverage of the system

Solutions

Major Requirements

  • Design of a deployable aerial base station
  • Integrate onboard sensors on the platform
  • Integrate next generation incident command system
  • Build necessary web services
  • Field testing, performance evaluation, and assessment

Performance Targets

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Measurement Methods

Meet the requirements set by the National Public Safety Telecommunication Council (NPSTC) for deployable systems in terms of operations.

  • Duration of continuous operation of the deployable system
  • Quality of communication links established by the deployable system

Standards, Replicability, Scalability, and Sustainability

  • Standards for deployable systems – as defined by NPSTC
  • Standards for aerial communications – defined by IEEE and AEEC (Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee)

Cybersecurity and Privacy

Impacts

Deployable systems facilitate communications among citizens and first responders during disaster recovery. Incident command system will facilitate sharing of information between the first responder network and decision makers.

Demonstration/Deployment

  • Phase I Pilot/Demonstration:

Deployable communication and incident command system

  • Phase II Deployment:

Deployable communication and incident command system with a set of web-based services