USCG Calls For Better Storm Geolocation

 13 Sep 2017 10.23am

Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz, Deputy Commandant of Mission Support for the US Coast Guard (USCG), has called for digital solutions for port inspections and rescue.

Multiple ports and cities within the US were swept by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the past month.

Amid many rescue operations, the USCG has called for better digital geolocation solutions at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Homeland Security Conference.

Disasters pose logistical challenges, Admiral Stosz, and ports must reopen as soon as possible.

Repairing ports can involve relocating buoys and dredging.

USCG officials must add better information systems to provide more dependable operational mobility.

Using lightweight, portable electronic maps coordinated with Google street addresses might assist first responders.

Read a related technical paper from Frequentis about how digital integration of coastal public safety agencies.

Uses of such maps might encompass not only port inspections but also search and rescue operations can improve safety for vessels and passengers.

Admiral Stosz called for a wearable version of an existing a mobile flight bag for search and rescue responders.

In addition, she said the USCG was not integrated with Facebook for helicopter search and rescue.

The Coast Guard will need to have such technology available for locating and tracking, a project in which industry could bring needed help.

Admiral Stosz said: “We need an Uber for search and rescue, and we need something like Waze.

“We are looking at social media as an opportunity in the future.”

Read more: Port Houston facilities will resume operations on September 1, 2017 amid concerns of draft reduction caused by runoff from the floods of Hurricane Harvey.

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