Networked Communications and Technolgy for Disaster Management

DART (Disaster Alleviation in Real Time)
An integrated system, utilised to manage simultaneous disasters, including: wildfires, floods, earthquakes and industrial disasters.

DART is an integrated system incorporating software, hardware, communications and a secure data network to provide real time information to each team leader, first responder, vehicle, aircraft, asset and command centre in an inter-connected network. 

During a disaster DART provides the technology to generate and share mission critical information in real time, where it matters, when it matters.

DART fulfils a number of key design objectives:

• Manage a disaster more effectively

• Improve safety for all first responders

• Minimise damage to people, the environment, 
infrastructure and property

• Decrease incident response time

• Provide situational awareness at all levels
on the ground and in the air

• Train teams to use work together and share information

DART is a designed-for-purpose, disaster management system, that meets the needs of all first responders and their supporting personnel, by:

Providing a digital platform that supports all phases of a disaster from early warning, through engagement to post-disaster analysis. 

Sharing real time data and information such as the GPS location of all personnel, between first responders, incident commanders, local, regional and national headquarters. 

Supporting decision making in the field by presenting relevant information in an intuitive graphical format 

Enabling off grid communications — where there is no GSM / 4G signal — by forming an ad hoc network that connects all team members.

Supporting interoperability by interfacing with existing communications and data management systems used by various emergency services. 

Training ground and airborne teams to work together and share information.

Networked Operations

DART puts people first by using technology to share and present information to enable them to perform their work more effectively and safer.

DART offers a unique approach to disaster management in the information age by taking advantage of advances in communications and hardware to share information at all levels, in a networked environment.

Disaster response teams benefit from a higher tempo of operations, greater concentration of effort, along with improved safety for all first responders. 

DART integrates 3 layers of systems:

Information layer: Data is stored, shared and displayed using DART software. The software is role-based for the different functions within disaster management teams.
- DART Net
- DART Air
- DART Ground
- DART Track 

Hardware Layer: Specialised equipment to work in rugged conditions. Including - drones for wildfire reconnaissance, wildfire smoke detectors and rapid response vehicles.

Communications layer: Supporting the exchange of data at all levels by creating networks using both on-grid and off-grid technologies

Situational Awareness

DART Software provides situational awareness (knowledge) by distributing data and displaying information graphically, in a way that allows decision makers to focus on important and urgent matters.

DART presents all received data in an intuitive graphical user interface, on a GIS-based map background. Data can include the spread of the fire, propagation of spot fires along with the location and status of all team members. 

DART informs the decisions of air and ground commanders, in the field.
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Est. 1986