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CAD-to-CAD Interoperability Project - DHS S&T

iCERT Provides Volunteers for the Project

February 2, 2021

iCERT is providing Executive Committee participants in support of the IJIS Institute's contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) to support a CAD-to-CAD Interoperability project. The project will build upon existing efforts to develop standards-based capabilities for First Responders (Police, Fire, EMS) to access critical data in a timely manner while addressing interoperability among CAD and other public safety systems.

Critical data supporting incident response and resource management decisions are often not available to all organizations responding to an emergency because the various CAD systems supporting participating agencies are unable to electronically exchange that information easily, if at all. Most CAD technology today by First Responders was not designed to be interoperable, and no data exchange standards are currently in widespread use. As a result, situational awareness suffers, operational inefficiencies are likely, and/or improvised interoperability is achieved by developing custom interfaces that can be very costly to develop and maintain.

Under the direction of DHS, the IJIS Institute will recruit participation of public safety practitioners, industry solution providers, and standards development organizations in a collaborative environment to develop the requirements, evaluate specifications, promote development of standards-based CAD interoperable solutions, and conduct pilots to ensure that interoperability challenges are successfully resolved.

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