Homeland Security involves several key sectors namely border security/infiltration, counter terrorism, critical infrastructure, maritime security, safe city surveillance, intelligence, police modernization, preparedness, response and recovery, immigration, cyber security, etc. SIS EmerGeo and its partners are actively engaged in projects around the globe that require the integration of existing or new technologies, into a common portal like Fusionpoint where feasible, to maintain real-time situational awareness and help communities respond sooner, faster and more effectively to security threats or disaster events.
Homeland Security Market Growth
Forecasts International predicts that global HLS-HLD markets will grow by 81% over the next 10 years – from a sum total of $140 billion in 2008, to approximately $254 billion in 2018. This represents an increase in the share of global GDP from 0.25% in 2008 to approximately 0.36% by 2018. Market analysts predict that the global HLSHLD market will continue its robust growth during the next decade, sustaining a growth rate of 7-7.5%. The leading markets representing the fastest growth are the USA, China, India, and Turkey, driven by economic expansion amid growing threats of terrorism. Major European countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, are also dominant HLS-HLD markets.
Source: Forecasts International
Critical infrastructure Protection (CIP):
“Critical infrastructure” is defined by federal law as “systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters.” This includes sectors, as diverse as food and agriculture, emergency services, transportation and information technology.
There is a continuous threat to these infrastructure posed by terrorists, pandemic diseases and natural disasters. These threats can have serious effects, such as cutting populations off from clean water, power, transportation, or emergency supplies.
CIP consist of the proactive activity to protect indispensable people, physical assets and communication system from any degradation and destruction caused by all hazard.
Critical infrastructure protection (CIP) pertains to the activities for protecting critical infrastructures. This includes people, physical assets, and communication (cyber) systems that are indispensably necessary for national, state and urban security, economic stability, and public safety. CIP methods and resources deter or mitigate attacks against critical infrastructures caused by people (e.g., terrorists, other criminals, hackers, etc.), by nature (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, etc.), and by hazardous materials (HAZMAT) accidents involving nuclear, radiological, biological, or chemical substances.
Transportation Security Management:
TSM strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems while ensuring the freedom of movement for people and commerce. Within a year, TSM assumed responsibility for security at the nation’s airports and deployed a federal workforce to screen all commercial airline passengers and baggage.
TSM employs a risk-based strategy to secure transportation systems, working closely with stakeholders in aviation, rail, transit, highway, and pipeline sectors, as well as the partners in the law enforcement and intelligence community. The agency continuously sets the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, technologies and use of intelligence to drive operations. TSM is committed to evolving its systems to enhance the safety of the travelling public as well as individual passenger experiences whenever possible.
Transportation & Road Information System (TRIS):
Transportation & Road Information System is advanced system with applications which aim to provide innovative services relating to different modes of transport and traffic management and enable various users to be better informed and make safer, more coordinated, and ‘smarter’ use of transport networks.
In TRIS the information and communication technologies are applied in the field of road transport, including infra¬structure, vehicles and users, and in traffic management and mobility management, as well as for interfaces with other modes of transport
Automatic Vehicle Locating Systems (AVLS):
Automatic vehicle locating systems (AVLS, also known as GPS vehicle localization) are used to track vehicle movements and identify stops on a route. The automatic vehicle localization system uses the onboard computer and a GPS antenna.
City surveillance has reached a new level of importance in recent times, with an increasing need to protect the public, employees, officials and facilities. Indeed, law enforcement agencies must be aware of and have access to footage of security and safety incidents and violations in large metropolitan areas in order to fight crime, prioritize events, improve city management, effectively allocate law enforcement personnel, and furnish evidence for forensic investigation purposes.
EmerGeo’s products are well suited of serving city centres, as they effortlessly pinpoint security breaches, alert to safety hazards, protect valuable assets, provide data and information to enhance operational efficiency and offer powerful forensic analysis capabilities.
Intelligence & Interception:
Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) products and programs (Sensors, Platforms, Systems and Services) are designed and developed to provide automated signal acquisition and intelligent processing. ISR solutions for Communication Surveillance and Intelligence include communication intercept and collection systems, signal analysis and processing tools and high end stand alone decoding and demodulation systems which can be integrated into the existing intelligence systems.
Emergency Operations Centre:
Emergency Management: A critical part of the emergency management process involves preparing to operate an Emergency Operations Centre. A well-designed EOC can greatly benefit the coordination of response and recovery activities. Clear operating procedures, staff roles, and responsibilities are required as is an effective workspace and a safe location.
EOC Design: A properly designed Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) should serve as an effective and efficient facility for coordinating emergency response efforts. An EOC may serve a number of uses including operations, training, meetings and other uses. The EOC can optimize communication and coordination by effective information management and presentation. The ideal EOC would be an easy to use and robust information and decision management system that provides:
- Central command and control
- Early alert communications
- “Virtual EOC” and “PortableEOC” capabilities
- Secure data sharing over the Internet and other networks
- Event tracking and logging
- SOP and contingency plan check lists
- Resource management
- Documentation of decisions and response actions
EmerGeo Fusionpoint integrates with:
|Security elements for safe and secure city||EmerGeo Fusion point|
|3D GIS Mapping of the City||
Mapping tools- ESRI ArcGIS®, EmerGeo Navigator™
|GPS based Patrol services||AVLS|
|Dedicated hot line for complaint cell and other reports that need immediate attention||
|Video Surveillance and monitoring at identified vulnerable locations||Video management system with video analytics|
|Better Urban design & planning||Simulation Technology & Hazard Modelling system and coordination with Country Disaster Management Authority|
|Management of Public Spaces|
|Sustainability & Accountability through information sharing and community involvement||Data management system for logging for historical data and rules & procedures|
|Use of local crime surveys and crime audits|
|Conducive legal and administrative systems|
|Partnership between Government, civil Society & industry||Unified Communication system for coordination among various government & non-government agencies|
|Live weather feeds- threats for cyclone, tsunami etc||Live data feed|
|Alert & notification||Mass messaging systems|