The ICBRNE program is an innovative integration of CBRNE systems.
Through the program, the team continues to research what technical,
cultural and policy gaps exist between disparate systems and what
tools will help fill those voids.
Working closely with the Department
of Homeland Security, Safe
Environment Engineering and its partners helped implement
the use of the Common Alerting Protocol, a common language (standard)
that allows dissimilar systems to speak to each other.
Through funding from the Department of Homeland Security, Safe
Environment Engineering also developed three components that accomplish
the ICBRNE programs objectives:
- Wireless device: This attaches to the dissimilar, off-the-shelf
systems to allow them to share information using Common Alerting
- Lifeline Gateway: This allows the now-communicating instruments
to share information over the Internet so that subject matter
experts do not need to be on the scene.
- Remote display: This allows people in a safe location
to see what is happening at the disaster scene. It also has applications
for every-day, non-disaster uses.
Through the system, a field expert reads the device in a
safe location and sees exactly what the responder is seeing so they
can create a plan together. When unexpected changes occur, the system
provides near real-time data from all instruments so the team can
quickly review and revise the plan of action. If a significant disaster
occurs, the system can even send out automated alerts and notifications
and through its partnership with other tools track emissions to
know how far the hazardous situation might spread.
In addition to managing disaster scenarios, the system also
can be used for disaster prevention. Using its ongoing monitoring
capabilities, the system can be placed in locations where situations
are often hazardous, such as mines or chemical plants. ICBRNE program
can monitor indicators and provide information that would prevent