Microsoft’s new Fusion core solution is designed to facilitate federal, local, state and tribal agencies to have improved insights to a vast quantity of data related to calamities both natural and man- made. It also enables them to make better decisions on the basis of this information once gathered and have a clear approach when tackling these issues.
Fusion core unveiled
Fusion core solution, a public safety and homeland security program which was built by Microsoft in collaboration with Environmental Systems Research Institute, ESRI Homeland security was unveiled at the GIS summit in San Diego July 10th to 13th and is now broadly available to customers. The duo has created a connector to help leverage the best capacity from their software products. Fusion core is an easily configurable, simple-to-use solution that provides seven key credentials for regional, state, or federal intelligence as well as fusion centres that are easily adjustable to other public safety sector information fusion or collaboration requirements. The product will help to improve on the efficiency of a variety of processes ranging from data collection, analysis, to help in giving a thorough and exhaustive end product. In the end, its purpose is to assist the local authorities in tacking threats to national security at both internal and international levels like terrorism, drug and gang related violence.
Efficient data management
“Fusion centers deal with vast amounts of information, which in normal circumstances is difficult to organise and arrange into sensible, usable insight even with access to computerised directory.” Said Mr. Joe Rozek, the Homeland security and Counterterrorism Executive director at Microsoft. Mr. Rozek went on to say, “Without access to effective information management procedures, Fusion center analysts end up losing time and effort trying to establish what information is relevant to the task at hand.”
Fusion core-The solution
The Fusion core Solution, with dynamic possibilities, will help offer enhancement and information sharing which will lead to more triumphant public safety and homeland security procedures. It is designed to address three specific areas for fusion centres and the relevant organisation. These are:
1. Information collection and management
2. Information analysis and modelling
3. Information sharing
By combining technologies, the duo, Microsoft and ESRI, are helping to provide advancement in intelligence capabilities and information sharing techniques to local authorities. This is by the introduction of such products as Ms Office Share Point Server 2007 and ESRI’s ArcGIS Server. The introduction of such products in the future will further help authorities and other organisation conduct more detailed and comprehensive operations both locally and globally, as is the case currently with Fusion core. This will only be possible through an efficient dedication and use of time and resources from the parties involved.
The past mistakes.
As per David Carabin, former Intelligence Bureau and Commander of the Utah based Department of Public Safety, “Previous attempts to work in such collaborative ways have proved unsuccessful, as there was insufficiency in resources and time. Now we can better use the existing assets and incorporate with domain- specific applications. At the same time, trying to improve on business processes, compliance, conformity and communication… This allows us to take more proactive measures action to prepare for and respond to crises and to counter potential threats and criminal activities.”