Extreme weather and climate change are impacting critical infrastructure and forcing cities to become more resilient and work together in data driven response to environmental threats. Effective response and resilience depends, however, on cities being able to depend on and share trustworthy data. This requires a collaborative sensitive information sharing environment (SISE) that is fueled by Operational Readiness Levels (ORLs) for data.
From planning to response and recovery, cities are facing a myriad of challenges and need to improve their situational awareness and decision-making capabilities by using data and information that is generated from trusted sources. How do you know what information to trust? Where can you connect with data providers and who is using this information and for what use cases? The All Hazards Consortium and StormCenter Communications have been working for more than four years to use geospatial data from trusted sources to help respond to disasters, for instance in accelerating the movement of fleet utility vehicles across state and international borders to pre-position and respond to power outages.
The SISE and ORL approach has resulted in immediate cost savings for the utility industry and emergency responders while placing more trusted open federal and other data into the hands of decision makers. When neighboring cities need to share sensitive information, it is often difficult and may depend on whether a certain person is working that day. This presentation will provide use case examples and discuss the importance of a multi-city collaboration environment in a smart city world. The presenters will also discuss the creation of ORLs for data products and how this has resulted in the evolution of “30-second decision making” in a collaborative environment.