U.S. Southern Command News Release
Known as GeoSHAPE, the open-source, open-standard software, integrates data from multiple sources and displays it in a dynamic Internet-based map to provide situational awareness and facilitate the decision-making process.
"GeoSHAPE bridges the geospatial information sharing gaps we witnessed during the international response to the 2010 earthquake in
This two-year technology development effort will be put through the test during a simulated hurricane event impacting
The GeoSHAPE solution comprises a web-based platform for creating, updating, and sharing geospatially tagged events, as well as a mobile application for capturing data and photos in the field. Through these tools, organizations collaboratively create a picture of both the resources at hand and the extent of the damage. The availability of hospitals, helicopter landing zones, food, water and medical supplies, the condition of roads and bridges, and the deployment of rescue personnel to affected areas, among other key elements are plotted in a map that authorized users can see from anywhere in the world.
The level of fidelity that this tool will offer will prevent redundancy of relief efforts, facilitate informed decision making among aid and resource planners, and alleviate congestion at logistical hubs.
The development of GeoSHAPE is part of a technology project sponsored by the
Throughout the years, the relationship between Southcom's Science, Technology and Experimentation Division, JTF-B and
After the final demonstration and evaluation in
According to Hurtado, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance are only two of the many potential applications for the GeoSHAPE developed capability, which can also be used in any situation where individuals or organizations need to create and share geospatial information, such as peacekeeping missions and border security, as well as many others.
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