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Subject: RE: [emergency] Re: [emergency-comment] PPW letter re CAP

story a d v e r t i s e m e n t 


September 19, 2003

UCI wins $9-million grant from foundation

UC Irvine has received a $9-million grant to help shorten emergency response
time by improving communications between first responders to crises and
natural disasters.

The award comes from the National Science Foundation, which also gave $3.5
million to UC San Diego for the five-year project, called "Responding to the
Unexpected." It will use information technology to develop organizational
strategies between law enforcement, fire departments and other agencies.

It represents the largest National Science Foundation grant in UC Irvine

"Examples include integrating different information sources such as
satellite images, video and sensor data with field observations to monitor
the situation," UC Irvine information and computer science professor Sharad
Mehrotra said of the project.

Mehrotra heads Cal-(IT)2, the two-campus science and innovation institute
that is managing the project. He said that the goal is to make early
responders into "human sensors" who could gather and distribute information
to reduce casualties and economic loss.

They will test their findings with the Irvine and San Diego police
departments, city and county of Los Angeles and the California governor's
office of emergency services.

"I am pleased to see UC Irvine and its partner, UC San Diego, successfully
compete for federal dollars to improve our urban crisis response using
technological ingenuity," said Newport Beach's Rep. Chris Cox, chairman of
the House Homeland Security Committee.

"Large threats call for large-scale coordination, and new technology can
provide critical tools to our early responders," he added. 

- Marisa O'Neil

-----Original Message-----
From: Art Botterell [mailto:acb@incident.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2003 1:23 PM
To: Rex Brooks
Cc: emergency@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [emergency] Re: [emergency-comment] PPW letter re CAP

[I've shifted this thread from the public comment list to the 
internal TC list.]

Rex -

Industry won't care what excuses we offer for not addressing their 
needs... they just need to decide, very shortly, whether to embrace 
CAP or go their own way.

Anyway, I have difficulty with the idea that a lack of representation 
has somehow made us unable to address this.  In fact, there was and 
is representation: PPW, among others.  We've also received input on 
this issue in public comments.  And ultimately we can address 
whatever we choose to address.

And the media standards and technologies involved are no more 
uncertain than in any other area.  In fact, because of the 
stabilizing force of the gigantic capital investments involved, I'd 
say that DTV in particular is actually one of the least uncertain 
environments in all of advanced digital technology.

And those colossal investments, which are being programmed right now, 
are also why we're not likely to get a second chance to be responsive 
if we blow it this time.

- Art

>Thanks Art,
>This is very informative and useful. If I might suggest a way of 
>addressing the specific issue of full-spectrum media specification, 
>I think we should make it clear, perhaps with a disclaimer in the 
>spec or an open letter invitation aimed at broadcast television 
>media representatives to the effect that due to a lack of 
>representation of these interests combined with uncertainty about 
>both near-future technological development and existing and/or 
>planned technical standards directly related to these media, we were 
>unable to include such media in this initial, admittedly partial CAP 
>specification. This assumes that we all agree that the goal of 
>including these media is unanimously supported if we can determine 
>that it is both appropriate within OASIS and does not conflict with 
>other efforts.
>Just tryin to be helpful.
>At 10:46 AM -0700 10/8/03, Art Botterell wrote:
>>The attached is a letter from Craig Fugate, Chairman of the Board 
>>of Trustees of the Partnership for Public Warning.
>>Attachment converted: Enterprise:PPW_Letter.PDF (PDF /CARO) (0029B681)
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