Airport Business

OCT 2014

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October 2014 airportbusiness 13 AIRPORT OPERATIONS ongoing success with NICE Situator, we sought a way to apply these capabilities to our field operations," he says. "Now, not only are we able to maximize the use of our existing Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), situation management and GIS technologies, we are strengthening our entire security and operations apparatus." FROSTING THE CAKE A key element of the new system is its spatial capability, according to Nessi. "This is like the frosting on a really good cake," he says. "It adds a layer of data we didn't have in the system before." The resulting Web application uses the sophisticated geospatial and mapping capa- bilities of Esri's ArcGIS Server to provide customized, layered views of airport buildings, property and infrastructure. With the system, all relevant stakeholders can visualize the same incident on a map and engage in interactive dialogue via the comments log. They also can share response plans, like an evacuation route, by drawing on the map, annotating it and saving it to the system. As operations personnel drive around the airport, the software on their mobile devices shows a dot that moves around with them similar to the way a global positioning system (GPS) shows a vehicle moving down the road. When they notice something that needs to be addressed, they can make a notation on the map. Adding this GIS component changes incident response. Before, when an incident happened, folks in the field were notified by the command center via telephone and were verbally told where problem was. "If there was a fuel spill on the airfield, someone would radio that in, they would contact another person to clean it up, then that individual would go out and try to locate the fuel spill, follow procedure to clean it up, and make a text entry in a log somewhere," Nessi says. Today, if a worker notices that same fuel spill, they can draw a picture on a map of where the spill is, submit the information to the ARCC, and it enters the system as an immediate incident that needs rectifying. Any personnel in the area can see the incident, and can follow the preplanned procedure as 60 YEARS... Using the NICE Situator Web GIS Application, LAX staff can collaborate on the map to draw and share information about incidents, such as a wildlife strike.

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