New AWS Partner Network Program Supports Disaster Response Initiatives

Amazon Web Services' recently launched Public Safety and Disaster Response Competency initiative has helped entities like the Australian government look for technology vendors that can support their citizen welfare efforts, GCN reported Friday.

AWS has also helped agencies and nonprofit organizations find vendors offering technologies for bridge and house damage assessment after the Jan. 7 earthquake in Puerto Rico.

The AWS program, established last month, includes members of the company's partner network that have an “advance“ level designation and technologies built to function in disconnected environments.

Sandy Carter, vice president of AWS public sector partners and programs, said companies under the program must also offer technologies that can operate with the AWS Snowball data transport platform and Outpost on-premises data center.

The program currently has 17 partner entities, including Abt Associates and Maxar Technologies. Abt offers a National Flood Risk Characterization Tool developed with the U.S. Army, while Maxar has the GeoHIVE crowdsourced damage assessment tool.

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