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Demonstration of Real-Time Tactical Decision Aid Displays



William D. Davis, David G. Holmberg, Paul A. Reneke, L D. Brassell, R Vettori


On September 22, 2005 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conducted a demonstration of two prototype tactical decision aid computer interfaces in the city of Wilson, North Carolina. Members of the City of Wilson Fire Department, Wilson Memorial Hospital, Honeywell Inc, and NIST participated in the demonstration. Sensor and other building information from a simulated fire on a third floor wing of the hospital were displayed in real-time on the Honeywell FirstVision fire panel and on laptop computers positioned in the hospital, on a fire truck, in the Wilson fire command van and at a Wilson fire station. The objective was to have the members of the Wilson Fire Department evaluate the first responder information displays using a simulated real-time incident. The displays are designed to provide real-time building and emergency information to emergency responders, incident command, and dispatch centers. The concept of transmitting real-time building information to emergency responders was well received. The participants concerns with these systems centered on standardization, information overload, and reliability. Transmission of real-time building information from a laptop computer located at the Wilson hospital to a laptop computer located in a fire truck, and laptop computer located at the Wilson fire station using a cellular connection was tested. The XML format worked well with no observable degradation in the received information content. The evaluations and recommendations suggested by the participants for improvements of the current displays are presented in this document.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7437
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building information, elevators, emergency preparedness, emergency responder, emergency response, fire alarm system, fire detection, homeland security, incident command


Davis, W. , Holmberg, D. , Reneke, P. , Brassell, L. and Vettori, R. (2007), Demonstration of Real-Time Tactical Decision Aid Displays, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 22, 2024)


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Created August 1, 2007, Updated November 10, 2018