Precision Information Environments
The events to which the emergency management community must respond occur across a range of time scales and planning horizons. Some incidents are short duration, unforeseen events that require immediate coordination. Others such as hurricanes provide some advance warning but demand long-term response and recovery activities in their aftermath. In all cases, there is a need to provide planners and responders with precise, relevant information and with tools that aid collaboration, information sharing, and decision support. Those on the front line often experience information overload as multiple agencies provide critical information and tools for support. Whether events are planned or unexpected, a tighter collection of cooperative methods and data sources can address these challenges.
PIEs will provide analysis and simulation capabilities through interactions that transform planning, communication and decision making by first responders, policy makers, and the public. PIEs aim to improve the way people interact with each other and with information throughout the emergency management lifecycle, from planning to response, recovery and mitigation. A PIE consists of novel interactive interfaces that transform the way stakeholders engage with each other and with information. These new approaches will result in multi-data type, multi-use environments based on a common hardware and software architecture.
See the vision video at http://precisioninformation.org/ to view how Precision Information Environments might be used in one scenario