SWARM is a sensitive information sharing platform intended to allow homeland security and first responders to share information required to most effectively respond to crisis situations. The application allowed provided targeted content management capabilities that allowed users to see content appropriate to their role and security clearance. The product provided both alerts and content required for responding.
- Alert Details – Incident type, severity, location, 911 operator entered details, and what resources if any have been dispatched
- Relevant Response Procedures – basic first aid, hazmat, chemical, and bio response procedures that may be applicable to the alert
SWARM client user interface
SWARM Client alert window
Geospatial Situational Awareness
A major component of Scout was the ability to provide geospatial situational awareness to first responders. To that end Scout provided geographically relevant content and information in a map format. Example geospatial information included the following:
- Critical Infrastructure – gas, power, water, and telecom infrastructure
- Incidents – 911 reported events, commercial entity reported events
- Resources – locations of emergency response resources and staff
- Weather – current weather and forecasts for local, regional and national
- Traffic – current traffic conditions and evacuation routes
SWARM PDA Alert Client
Mobility is critically important to first responders but presents a major challenge for distributing sensitive information. I proposed a mobile PDA client to address these needs.
SWARM Administration Console
Complimenting the SWARM client software is a complete administration console that allows content management, moderation, and user management. Below are some screenshots of this user interface and a UI mockup can be seen here.