The New York Times reports on the results of Strong Angel III, which was an interagency exercise for emergency responders that just took place in San Diego. This training effort involved a mock virus outbreak, coupled with cyberterror attacks, which cut off phones, internet and power.
Initially, the ad-hoc wireless network that was established failed, due to overwhelmed circuits and overtaxed bandwidth however, through a systematic restarting of the network, segment by segment, the network was re-established.
One everything was finally up, data including imagery and mapping was able to be shared seamlessly, with participants using Google, Microsoft, ESRI, and Intergraph technologies. Apparently, one of the technologies utilized was Simple Sharing Extensions, which is standards-based, and built on RSS.
I am certain there will be many more take-homes from this exercise, which ultimately proved to be a success - I will certainly be one to check through their site: Strong Angel III.
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