Bloomington Township Fire Department enthusiastic about RECS.Info

trident-tab.gifOn October 31st Bart van Leeuwen visited Indiana University (IU) to do a lecture at the Infoder class from David Wild. First they did a quick field trip to Bloomington township station 5. Bart had a tour and talked to the captain, chief and firefighters to discover they have the exact same issues as Bart had at the Fire Department of Amsterdam-Amstelland, not a real surprise!

btfdCrossStarThe run-sheets , a piece of paper with all the details of an incident on it, contain the same set of data as available in GMS. This data is also available in a web based application, where all the information according to an incident was nicely categorized. It clearly showed the access to structured data in their CAD system (Computer Aided Dispatch). Due to the modular approach of RESC.Info and the availability of the needed data in a structured form our current implementation to control the screens would work within a day! is running on mainstream software like the IBM WebSphere Application Server and IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store it’s really easy to implement. The most important thing is to get the data in a structured form from the CAD. Once that is done, the rest is almost a formality.

Indiana University is always looking for ways to support the local community, in line with the classes being run there, getting an infrastructure up for the County Fire Department would make a excellent synergy. is looking forward to a nice collaboration with Indiana University and Bloomington Township Fire Department to make the life of fire fighters safer and provide an even better service to the local community.

Base registration employees Haaglanden en Gelderland-Zuid

logo-inowitAn innovation grant from iNowIT enables in cooperation with AG5 to support the safety regions Haaglanden and Gelderland-Zuid in The Netherlands with the processing of employee data, based on the principle ‘one-time registration, multiple use.’

Within a safety region employee data is stored in many different systems. For example there are personnel and salary systems and the central telephone index, but also systems supporting personnel, skills, various facility processes, automation and many others. Today, all these sub-departments keep the personnel data and mutations in their own systems. The chance of errors and divergence is considerable. It is desired to orchestrate data, systems and processes in such a way that only the authoritative source data will be changed, and (authorized) consumer applications can use it.

The solution will be based on Linked Data technologies, which is an area of expertise of In 2013, a proof of concept will be implemented to show benefits of implementing the core registration through Linked Data. The basis for this will be part of the foundation which is being developed by within the iNowIT project. deploys IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store at Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire Department

IBM-IM_18pix After a test and acceptance period, is proud to announce the IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store now plays a crucial role in its RESC.Info deployment at the Amsterdam-Amstelland Fire Department. 20 Firestations and 500+ Firefighters use the RESC.Info.Monitor product in their daily operations. The data used by the RESC.Info.Monitor product now comes directly from the IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store.

Solid Foundation


Together with the IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, DB2 now plays a central role in providing the best possible foundation for the ground breaking work done by The choice for IBM software is completely in line with the philosophy to use whats proven and innovate where necessary. The path to implementing of Semantic Web technology on top of these products has proven not to be an easy one. Great support from IBM representatives however helped a lot to make everything work.


Community Editions prepare for Future Growth


The choice for the Community editions is motivated by starting small but allowing the possibility to answer future scalability demands. The flexible support options allows to start with low cost proof of concepts while ensuring that future high level support demands can be provided at the same time.


Lessons Learned


During this years IBM Information on Demand in Las Vegas, USA, Bart van Leeuwen will talk about the lessons learned and will give an inside view of all the specifics of running IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store in a JEE environment.


Second MakoLab Semantic Day

logo makolabOp 3 Oktober 2013 zal Bart van Leeuwen spreken tijden de Second MakoLab Semantic Day in Parijs. De MakoLab Semantic Day is mede georganiseerd door MakoLab SA (Łódź, Polen), Mondeca (Parijs, Frankrijk), Department of Information Systems (Poznań University of Economics, Polen) en het Polish Academy of Sciences – Scientific Center in Parijs.

De rode draad van de Second MakoLab Semantic Day is de wisselwerking tussen ideeën en de theorie van het Semantic Web en haar praktische toepassingen. De twee fundamentele doelstellingen zijn: te blijven opleiden over deze nieuwe kijk op het web en deskundigen uit verschillende vakgebieden te verzamelen en hun zeer pragmatische toepassingen demonstreren. Ook Bart zal tijdens zijn presentatie deze dag iets vertellen over zijn praktische toepassingen van het Semantic Web bij de brandweer.

IBM Information On Demand 2013, Las Vegas

Information On Demand logoOn November 6th 2013 Bart van Leeuwen will present at IBM Information On Demand 2013, IBM’s largest EXPO to experience products, services and solutions in action.

The IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store development team requested if we could tell something about our use case for the IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store. The session will be about the why and how is building a platform with several fire departments to collect and classify information for firefighters. The platform combines enterprise robustness with cutting-edge technology to help firefighters stay information aware.

The Session will be about:

  • Why Fire Fighters need to be information aware
  • The choice for linked data technology
  • Where the IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store fits in
  • Some general considerations for using the IBM DB2 NoSQL Graph Store

More information about the session can be found here

New Apache Geronimo release contains fixes by

geronimo_email_logoRecently, we discovered a bug in Geronimo application server, which is also visible in all dependent products such as IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition. Our work is documented in GERONIMO-6138. IBM announced an updated release of their application server for the end of June 2013.

We discovered the problem while migrating our triple store from Jena TDB to IBM DB2. The IBM DB2 triple store is fully compatible with the Jena API and uses ordinary database connections to talk to DB2. However, it requires support of JDBC 4.

The initial release of Geronimo 3 stated full Java EE 6 support, which includes support of JDBC 4. The JDBC support is provided by the third party library tranql. However, the included version was only compatible with JDBC 3. Our fix updated the dependency on tranql to the right version and adapted Geronimo to API changes in the new tranql version.

Contributing this fix reflects our dedication to contribute to community projects

Semantic Technology & Business Conference 2013

semtechbizsf-speaking 150Op 5 juni zullen Bart van Leeuwen en Moritz Hoffmann namens spreken op de Semantic Technology & Business Conferentie in San Francisco, Verenigde Staten.

Ze zullen hier een presentatie geven over hun gebruik van semantische technologieën bij de brandweer. heeft hiermee de afgelopen 2,5 jaar veel aandacht gekregen in zowel de semantische als de brandweer wereld. Zij vertellen in de presentatie hun verhaal, van het prille begin tot het huidige gebruik en de ideeën voor de toekomst.

First RESC.Info deployment in Switzerland

On February 8th 2013 we deployed the first RESC.Info monitor installation in Switzerland. The Murten fire department in the Canton of Fribourg will be using our system within the BREF MissionFusion project for the coming 3 years to gain experience with our new approach of information management for emergency responders. The Murten fire department is really enthusiastic since they are a regional support point they have to go to incidents up 35km away. Local knowledge is practically non existing at those locations so the RESC.Info monitor gives them a good first hint on where to go.

This installation was made possible through the support of the BREF MissionFusion project. Together with the Bern University of Applied Sciences and acts as the specialists in the emergency response field where our practical experience has shown its great value. The BFH will provide the infrastructure and contacts to the various government agencies. will provide the various government agencies with tools to generate and publish linked open data.

RESC.Info Murten

While installing the first screens at the Murten fire station it was great to see the various fire fighter  coming in and being enthusiastic at the first glimpse of the screen. Together with Adrian Gschwend of we had lively discussion about where we could get more data for the system.
We were able to guide the discussions based on our long running practical experience with both emergency response and information management.

The conclusion for all parties was clear, this is going to be a interesting and long running partnership to make the work of fire fighters in Murten safer.

First phase RESC.Info proof of concept at Safety Region Twente Evaluated

Today the first phase of the RESC.Info proof of concept at Safety Region Twente was evaluated. Since September 1st 2012 Safety Region Twente and conducted a test to investigate the usability of the system in Twente

The intention of the proof of concept was to get answers to the following questions:

  • Will the connection to the GMS dispatch system work as expected
  • Does the system provide the same added value in Enschede as it does at the stations of Amsterdam
  • How does the system fit in the existing infrastructure of Twente
  • Can the alternate dispatch method of Twente be implemented in the system.

The evaluation did not just include the operation of the current implementation, but also included an outlook at the next steps.

Deployment from Station Enschede with RESC.Info.monitor in changing area

Deployment from Station Enschede with RESC.Info.monitor in changing area

The following points were evaluated:

  • The connection to GMS works fine. The chosen method generates the correct data to feed the RESC.Info system
  • The team at station Enschede is enthusiastic about the added value the monitor brings.
  • The deployment methods used in Twente can be integrated in the system
  • The IBM WebSphere and DB2 environments were easy to deploy in the existing IT infrastructure