NJVC, Google to Provide First Responders with Geospatial Platform; Kevin Jackson Comments

kevin JacksonNJVC and Google will provide cloud-based services to the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium for its geospatial community project intended to help first responders share data in disaster response situations.

NJVC’s GeoCloud technology will work to connect various independent vendor cloud services through an open platform based on the Cloudcuity AppDeployer application and Google will implement the Google Maps Engine product to provide geospatial data, NJVC said Tuesday.

AppDeployer is designed to combine multiple applications into a common platform that works with the Google Maps Engine platform-as-a-service to help fulfill the demands of international responders, including law enforcers, firefighters and disaster medical response teams.

NJVC-logoKevin Jackson, vice president and general manager of NJVC cloud services, said GeoCloud aims to allow responders to manage operations from a single, secure interface.

He added that Google will provide a geospatial data backbone for the platform set to begin its second cycle.

Google’s  geospatial services enable users to create, share and view maps to help address complex humanitarian disaster requirements, NJVC said, adding that the Google Earth Server is also available offline for laptops, tablets and smartphones.

“Google is excited about the capabilities this new approach could deliver to first responders worldwide,” said Phil Dixon, IC manager at Google.

NCOIC aims for this project to further the second cycle of its geospatial community cloud concept demonstration intended to aid relief operations for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

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