OTTAWA, January 26, 2010 – Solace Systems announced today that the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected Solace’s Unified Messaging Platform as a prototype integration platform to enhance threat monitoring and response capabilities of local, state and federal emergency organizations in urban areas.
Under this prototype, Solace message routers will be used in conjunction with strategically placed sensors, as well as applications responsible for recognizing threats and coordinating responses, to improve the country’s ability to protect population centers and critical infrastructure. Solace’s content and geospatial routing products are compliant with the Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) suite of standards, which the DHS has adopted to improve communication between government agencies and non-governmental organizations. The solution also supports other relevant standards such as OASIS Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), NIEM N.25 and Suspicious Activity Reports, USAF Cursor-On-Target, and the IEEE 1512 family of standards.
“Improving situational awareness of potential security threats in major cities is a top priority, ” said Bob Dilonardo, CIO, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. “The addition of geospatial routing to our data distribution system will enable the real-time monitoring and information exchange we need to quickly and securely coordinate effective responses across all levels of government.”
With Solace technology, location can be defined as a single point of longitude and latitude, by proximity to a particular point or by inclusion within irregularly defined areas like security zones, flood plains or radioactive plumes. Any event that occurs within an area of interest generates a message which is securely delivered in real-time to all appropriate first responders, decision makers, complex event processing systems and data warehouses within government agencies and non-governmental organizations.
“This project is a strategic critical incident and natural disaster preparedness initiative for the United States, ” said Craig Betts, Solace’s CEO. “Solace is proud to be a part of this vital communications network that will enable superior situational awareness and more effective response to emergencies in major US cities.”