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 netlabs.org.Gebert-Ruef-Logo-RGB-ohne-Claim netage.nl 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. netlabs.org 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 netlabs.org 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 netage.nl 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