The system has wide potential applications, including in both prevention and incident response. It is best described as a real-time collaborative project management system for managing spatial projects – both fire prevention and emergency incidents are spatial projects. It enables such things as:
- field map-based data collection,
- the automatic generation and distribution of plans including cost and resource estimates (based on a template that you configure) simply by drawing on a map – e.g. prescribed burn plans, fire prevention plans, Incident Action Plans,
- real-time map-based collaboration including between the office and field (all players can look at exactly the same map at the same time),
- coordination and tasking of resources,
- automatic generation of statistics as activities are implemented (most updates require a single button press) providing real time visibility of the status of multiple simultaneous incidents and prevention plans on any device,
- automatically keeping stakeholders updated (e.g. the community could view the location of a fire and things such as road closures on a map within 10 seconds of an observation by a fire fighter),
- automatically providing an accountability trail (e.g. replay the history of a map as a movie),
- ensuring completed prevention activities are automatically visible in subsequent emergency incidents, and
- Automatically collecting data as a by-product which is automatically used to improve future operations.
Because the system can be configured to automatically generate plans/reports as you collect data, the system can turn the two step process involved in the production of most fire related plans (field data collection followed by report writing) into a single step process, a time/cost saving of up to 50%. Managing the implementation of these plans can then be achieved within the system.