Advanced Emergency Response Integrated Environment

Advanced Emergency Response Integrated Environment

Location: Arlington, Va.

Client: Pentagon Force Protection Agency

Completion Date: 2012

As a result of the Pentagon Integrated Campus Pilot (PICP) project that Burns & McDonnell developed with the Mission Assurance Division of Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division for the Pentagon, the company was asked to implement the project as the Advanced Emergency Response Integration Environment (AERIE). True to the goals of PICP, AERIE is a large-scale integration of the systems the Integrated Emergency Operations Center (IEOC) uses to respond to emergencies and provide situational awareness to first responders.

At its foundation, AERIE is a geospatial information system built on Google Earth Enterprise that integrates Pentagon, Reservation and National Capital Region (NCR) static and dynamic data. The high-resolution Reservation and NCR maps are combined with building floor plans to provide the IEOC with a unique external and internal view of the Pentagon.

Dynamic data from the from the building automation, fire detection, security systems, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear sensors is integrated with static data from the various Pentagon Force Protection Agency and Washington Headquarters Services directorates and public data sets from the NCR. This integration provides the IEOC with real-time information about the building and the Reservation. Sensors and alarms and CCTV cameras are located on the appropriate floors of this in-building mapping system allowing the IEOC to overlay evacuation routes, emergency exits and standpipe locations near a fire alarm and activate the closest camera to the alarm. The public data and CCTV feeds from the leased facilities in the National Capital Region give the IEOC a broad view of the region.

In addition to integrating the legacy systems, the AERIE project brought new technologies to the IEOC. A visual concept of operations (CONOPS) system allows the IEOC to track the tasks and resources for responding to an incident or emergency. The system is integrated with the AERIE common operational picture (COP) so the location of the incident and its current status can be correlated to alarms and overlays. An Operational Readiness System tracks personnel and resources, events and status, and agency metrics. In addition to providing the IEOC with a daily operational status, the system pulls from the databases associated with AERIE to provide real-time information as well as after action reports. An Integrated Public Safety System (IPSS) updates PFPA's current records management system and incorporates a computer aided dispatch system.

While the data integration on the COP allows for a single frame of reference view, the data from some systems cannot be integrated. To bring those systems into the context of the COP, the IEOC's audio-visual system was updated with Activu's software-based system. The Activu system allows force protection and building operations and maintenance operators and analysts to share views of their systems and visually integrate data and systems from secure networks with the AERIE COP into a comprehensive operational picture without bridging networks.

  • Building information model
  • Business process modeling
  • Business process re-engineering
  • System security and hardening
  • Data visualization
  • Google Earth Enterprise
  • SCADA integration
  • SharePoint and web part development
  • Systems integration
  • Web application development