NCOIC Earthquake-Response Simulation Shows Power Of Interoperability, Open
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2013
Demonstration for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency highlights
technological advancements, life-saving benefits of federated cloud
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --An industry-government
team today demonstrated how plugging the cloud into an international
disaster-relief effort can improve response time, collaboration and mission
The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) led the real-time,
open cloud computing demonstration for the National Geospatial-Intelligence
Agency (NGA). More than 150 government and business leaders watched in McLean,
Va., as a complex, major disaster-response simulation based on the 2010
Haitian earthquake unfolded. They saw how a federated cloud infrastructure can
be quickly activated and a diverse group of response organizations from
different parts of the world -- all using different technologies and
applications – can supply and retrieve critical geospatial information to meet
a range of needs.
"An interoperable cloud computing environment gives the National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency the capability to effectively collaborate with
international mission partners and share non-classified information, while
maintaining U.S. security and protecting access to sensitive data," said David
Bottom, director of NGA Information Technology Services. "This technology can
help us to deliver humanitarian assistance and save lives around the world."
Six NCOIC members participated in the Geospatial Community Cloud (GCC) concept
demonstration. The Aerospace Corporation, Boeing, NJVC, Raytheon Company,
Telos Corporation and Winthrop Management Services provided technical services
and applications for emergency responders in the field and for mission
managers sitting thousands of miles away from the action.
The NCOIC members also served as "actors" in the simulation and portrayed
government and civilian response units from several different countries. For
example, they depicted search-and-rescue teams assisting the injured and civil
engineers inspecting damaged roads and bridges as they dealt with aftershocks
and physical hazards.
The NCOIC project team defined and built the GCC infrastructure earlier this
year and addressed such issues as ownership, security, access, bandwidth,
latency and portability. A three-month test phase led up to today's
"This Geospatial Community Cloud project shows that precious time and money
are saved when you can quickly and efficiently access a cloud infrastructure
instead of waiting for an onsite IT hosting environment to be established,"
said Tip Slater, NCOIC director of business development. "In dramatic fashion,
the project also underscores the need for interoperability to enable different
systems and users to communicate across borders and boundaries."
Based on today's successful demonstration, a new, open process, known as NRRC™
(NCOIC Rapid Response Capability), will be made available to international,
federal, state and local governments as well as non-governmental organizations
and businesses that need to build a federated cloud environment. NRRC will
include checklists, rules and patterns designed to help these organizations
achieve interoperability so they can act quickly and succeed at their work,
while minimizing technical risk, saving time, reducing cost and ensuring
"When you can plug your everyday application into a cloud, it becomes more
robust – for you, the users you collaborate with, and the others they interact
with," said Slater. "Interoperability is an important consideration for the
developers who build applications, the customers who buy applications and the
users who rely on applications to get their jobs done."
NCOIC will provide its final project report to the NGA next month and video
highlights from the GCC demonstration will also be posted on the NCOIC
The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium works to enable
cross-domain interoperability in and between such areas as aerospace, civil
and military operations, air traffic management, health care and more. NCOIC
is an international not-for-profit organization with more than 50 members and
advisors representing businesses, government agencies and organizations in 12
countries. It has a nine-year history of developing world-class skills and
tools that help its members and customers operate effectively across diverse
global market sectors and domains.
For more information on the Consortium and the GCC concept demonstration
project, visit www.ncoic.org.
SOURCE Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium
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