How Future Disaster Recovery Plans Will Depend On GPS Tracking
By Glenn Freiboth
Our world today there are many disasters occurring, from
environmental disasters such as global warming, terrorist
attacks, massive fires, bridge collapsing, campus shootings,
riots. You name it, every singe day, week, month and year there
are more and more global events that are causing massive loss of
life and damage to property worldwide.
Lives and property will be saved only when we have a way of
effectively way to visually track first responders in real time
and coordinate their efforts in saving lives and property.
The mobile tactical collaboration system (MTCS) is a
next-generation web-based wireless-enabled software application
that allows public safety officers to communicate and
collaborate visually in real-time using tactical graphics,
digital maps, and shared workspaces to enable highly effective
command & control without ever having to setup a physical
The mobile tactical collaboration system was recently expanded
the product portfolio to include an integrated tracking
solution, advantraq GPS, which provides real-time situational
unit locations for operational commanders and their tactical
operators in the field.
The advanTraq GPS solution integrated into the MTCS is in fact
the worldtracker GPRS GPS tracking device that was researched
and suggested by the Engineering Dept. of GLC Enterprises, Inc.
This GPS tracking solution uses the smallest GPS tracking device
available today with an open interface that can be programmed.
It allowed for easy integration into the mobile tactical
The mobile tactical collaboration system works in many public
and private sectors which include the following and more.
- Law enforcement mobile tactical collaboration system (MTCS)
delivers to law enforcement and other first responders a secure,
web-based interoperable command and control solution that
provides a dynamic, live, and interactive common operating
picture to authorized task force members at the scene, on
approach to the scene, and at the operations center.
Deploying the MTCS solution enables law enforcement agencies to
significantly enhance their 5Cs of interoperability,
communication, coordination, collaboration, command and control.
MTCS provides operators with a major advantage in dealing with
complex operations. By providing seamless communication, visual
in addition to verbal, MTCS enables the task force to work as
one synchronized, coordinated team.
The end result is maximum preparedness and increased public
Ordia Solutions, Inc. built the army and marine corps 'command
post of the future' and they are experts in this space.
- Fire & rescue mobile tactical collaboration system (MTCS)
delivers to firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and
other first responders a secure, web-based interoperable command
and control solution that provides a dynamic, live, and
interactive common operating picture to authorized task force
members at the scene, on approach to the scene, and at the
- Emergency response During the response to hurricane Katrina,
the United States realized the grave cost of ineffective
communications between law enforcement, rescue, and other public
safety agencies. We must enable robust communication between
these groups in order to minimize confusion and bring clarity to
a complex situation. mobile tactical collaboration system (MTCS)
is the solution.
When timely communication is critical, a picture is worth a
thousand words. By allowing first responders to share their
understanding and intentions visually and with the aid of
real-time voice communication, MTCS maximizes information
sharing and enhances situational awareness. According to Colonel
Robert Akam, task force Katrina. If rescue and law enforcement
agencies had this capability, we could have eliminated
face-to-face meetings to conduct interagency planning with much
Mobile tactical collaboration system is continuously being
updated based on real-world feedback from law enforcement,
fire/EMS, search and rescue, emergency operation and fusion
It is being fielded at several agencies in the mid-atlantic
region for missions ranging from police raids, to a school
storming exercise, to a joint tactical operation around the July
4th 2007 holiday involving SWAT, fire, EMS, HazMat,
counterterrorism, intelligence, and marine assets. Other
applications include remote briefings, special events
management, geographically dispersed events, VIP escorts,
facility security, high speed chase, hostage/barricade
operations, preparedness training and exercises, and
post-incident replay and analysis.
In closing, if you ever watch mega disasters on the history
channel will clue you in on what's coming our way in terms of
disasters. How many lives that will be saved will depend only on
how good we are in organizing rescue missions in all public and
Glenn Frieboth, owner of GLC Enterprises, Inc., authors the
latest in Surveillance news and is based in Illinois. Find out
more about the the WorldTracker GPS Tracking Device at