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Disaster relief through composite signatures
Author(s): Chadwick T. Hawley; Brian Hyde; Tom Carpenter; Steve Nichols
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Paper Abstract

A composite signature is a group of signatures that are related in such a way to more completely or further define a target or operational endeavor at a higher fidelity. This paper builds on previous work developing innovative composite signatures associated with civil disasters, including physical, chemical and pattern/behavioral. For the composite signature approach to be successful it requires effective data fusion and visualization. This plays a key role in both preparedness and the response and recovery which are critical to saving lives. Visualization tools enhance the overall understanding of the crisis by pulling together and analyzing the data, and providing a clear and complete analysis of the information to the organizations/agencies dependant on it for a successful operation. An example of this, Freedom Web, is an easy-to-use data visualization and collaboration solution for use in homeland security, emergency preparedness, situational awareness, and event management. The solution provides a nationwide common operating picture for all levels of government through a web based, map interface. The tool was designed to be utilized by non-geospatial experts and is easily tailored to the specific needs of the users. Consisting of standard COTS and open source databases and a web server, users can view, edit, share, and highlight information easily and quickly through a standard internet browser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 May 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8382, Active and Passive Signatures III, 838202 (11 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.924828
Show Author Affiliations
Chadwick T. Hawley, Signatures Support Program (United States)
Brian Hyde, ASR, Inc. (United States)
Tom Carpenter, ASR, Inc. (United States)
Steve Nichols, Technigraphics Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8382:
Active and Passive Signatures III
G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Chadwick Todd Hawley, Editor(s)

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