NCOIC Team Begins Simulation of Open Cloud Computing in Multi-National Disaster Response Effort

    NCOIC Team Begins Simulation of Open Cloud Computing in Multi-National
                           Disaster Response Effort

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2013

Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium signs The Aerospace Corp.,
Boeing, NJVC, Raytheon, Telos and Winthrop to demonstrate collaborative
environment for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --An industry-government
team has begun testing the use of an open cloud computing infrastructure to
quickly collect, store and share geospatial information to assist emergency
responders in a disaster situation.

The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) contracted with six
of its member-companies to produce a real-time simulation for the National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Using unclassified NGA information, the team
is depicting a global, multidisciplinary response similar to the one that took
place after the 2010 Haitian earthquake. The effort is designed to confirm
interoperability and show how different technologies and data sources from a
variety of organizations can support a unified mission. 

Taking part in the NCOIC Geospatial Community Cloud Concept Demonstration are
The Aerospace Corporation, Boeing, NJVC, Raytheon Company, Telos Corporation
and Winthrop Management Services. The six are providing technical applications
and services that an international disaster response force could use within a
cloud operating environment to efficiently move critical geospatial data and
thus meet a wide range of needs. They are also serving as "actors" within the
simulation, portraying military, government and civilian response teams from
several different countries in order to demonstrate end-user capabilities.

"Each country in the simulation has its own, unique communications
sensitivities. So an important measure of the success of our environment will
be the ability to work within those requirements and protect their data," said
Tip Slater, NCOIC director of business development.

The community cloud infrastructure was defined and built earlier this year and
issues including ownership, security, access, bandwidth, latency and
portability were addressed in its design. The three-month test phase began in
June and will conclude in late summer with a demonstration and report to the

"The companies participating in NCOIC's disaster-response simulation are
willing to come together and share their expertise and applications to solve
technological challenges and potentially save time, dollars and lives," said
Slater. "Their work on behalf of the NGA will ultimately result in a process
to enable a government or agency to rapidly assemble a collaborative, cloud
environment for providers and consumers of data in the event of a major
disaster or other complex, global operation."

The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium's works to enable
cross-domain interoperability among and between such areas as aerospace, civil
and military operations, air traffic management, health care and more. NCOIC
is a global not-for-profit organization with 50 members representing 12
countries. It has an eight-year history of developing world-class skills and
tools that help its members and customers to operate effectively across
diverse global market sectors and domains. For more information, visit

SOURCE Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium

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