[OSGeo-Discuss] GIS & Homeland Security (UNCLASSIFIED)

Arnie Shore shoreas at gmail.com
Thu Sep 27 11:00:38 PDT 2012

Interesting article, of course.  Now feel free to tag the following as
as "snide remark".

I have to point out that the South Succotash Fire and Emergency Med's
team have been doing this kind of "GIS" thing for some years now, just
up the street from some of you.  Not calling it that, but rather
Computer-Aided-Dispatch (CAD), an example being our free Open Source
CAD (www.ticketscad.org), targeted to teams (often smaller, or all
volunteer) who'd rather spend scarce $ on comm's or equipment.

Like where's the target/Incident, where are suitably
qualified,equipped and available responders, and who's closest

Believe me when I say that I understand the scale/urgency/availability
issues involved.  But the SSFEM guys deal with life-threatening
situations on a day-in, day-out basis.  Because the smaller teams
typically have so little $$$ to spend they're just not seen as an
attractive market.  Therefore, Tickets CAD.  (The larger jurisdictions
typically WILL commit $ to commercial CAD products, and live with the
problems attendant upon proprietary products.) For my money, these
teams are the authentic backbone of homeland security .

So there!


On 9/27/12, Schlagel, Joel D IWR <Joel.D.Schlagel at usace.army.mil> wrote:
> Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
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> An article in HS Today "GIS: The Backbone of Homeland Security" has a
> section "Market Completion"  which discusses open source geospatial.
> http://tinyurl.com/93pe7te
> or original link
> http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/today-s-
> news-analysis/single-article/gis-the-bac
> kbone-of-homeland-security/f7d007dd6e163
> 400213773406b6b6dd3.html
> Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
> Caveats: NONE

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