More great work between IBM and their partner ecosystem. I posted an earlier blog entry about Sametime and Government Partner UnifiedEdge going to the Superbowl. Today IBM will announce that Ft. Worth and Tarrant County will adopt the UnifiedEdge + IBM solution to allow police, firefighters, healthcare providers and officials to share radio communication, text messaging and files on the fly.
I had the opportunity to visit the Fort Worth Emergency Response Center a few months back. The team there graciously agreed to give us a tour and to show us how RadioConnect helped them to maintain situational awareness and to foster group communications.
Imagine needing to coordinate up to 40 different agencies (each with their own communications equipment and protocol) in the midst of an unfolding situation. City officials need to be briefed. Rescue may need to be dispatched. Water services, roads, hospitals, the power company all may play a role. Now imagine that you need to send information between these groups. Do you swap email addresses? Phone numbers? What happens when the shift changes and John Doe at Fire and Rescure has gone home for the night. Hwo is his replacement? And how do you reach them?
All good questions that you don't want to answer in an emergency.
For more on the IBM + UnifiedEdge announcement click here: http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2011/05/tackling-change.html
For more on UnifiedEdge click here: http://www.unifiededgeinc.com/