'Incident Commander Pro - Version 8'
- Remote Region Response -

Wind River Range, Wyoming
 High Altitude and Remote Access

Remote area operations present significant challenges to the Incident Commander.
Long access times, limited resource availability, weather problems and navigation uncertainties, create highly challenging mission operations.

In addition to these challenges are the problems of directing resources in areas where remote road networks are often poorly marked, inadequately mapped and lacking in identifiable features. Deep forests, featureless plateaus and desert scrubland often make it difficult to precisely identify mission areas and ensure that the response teams are accurately directed to the correct locations.

'Incident Commander Pro' Mission Map of Grouse Mountain, BC
  - Dense Forests and Steep Drainages





Recent highly-publicized missions have not only indicated the significant problems posed by these operations - but also the means available to successfully meet these challenges. 

Mission Map Creation
'Incident Commander Pro' is a powerful tool to meet these remote area challenges. It's integrated GIS module is capable of displaying 'classical' map layers overlaid with digital aerial photographs and many common image-file formats, providing a far more complete picture of the mission area. 

Combining these multiple forms of terrain information into one mission map provides the ability to quickly create accurate mission maps, from existing data sources. It is even possible to over-fly the mission area during the incident and use the digital images taken as geo-referenced map layers. 'Incident Commander Pro' will display map layers from a wide variety of file types, permitting an accurate up-to-date mission map to be quickly created from many sources of local information. Even trail guides, pamphlet maps, leaflets and hard-copy maps can all be displayed as scaled, geo-referenced map layers on the mission map. This flexibility is extremely helpful in quickly creating an accurate mission map from whatever geographic information is immediately available.

  The custom mission map created can be directly exported as scaled map images, hard copy paper maps and as individual assignment maps within the mission area. Providing this detailed, geo-referenced local information is a great benefit to the command team and helps keep the field responders, and the mission plan, on track.

GPS Route Files
Incident Commander Pro' provides the capability to export mission routes, drawn directly on the mission map, as GPS waypoint files. Uploading these files into each teams GPS helps guide the team to it's assigned location, with their hard-copy assignment map displaying the same route information.

    GPS Resource Tracking

'Incident Commander Pro' Mission Map
- Helicopter GPS Tracks on the Chilcotin Plateau, BC

Once in the field communications with the response teams permits their current GPS location to be recorded in both the Communications Log and the live-update mission map, using the 'Beacon Tracking' function. If any team temporarily 'gets lost' 'Incident Commander Pro's ' 'Beacon Tracking' can be used to guide the field team back to their assigned location. This unique feature, along with integrated distance and bearing functions, has proven invaluable in keeping the field teams 'on track' on confusing road networks, in heavily wooded areas and in featureless terrain.

Onsite Geo-referencing

Combining the field teams mobile response - for example on foot, in vehicles or in helicopters, with their ability to GPS geo-reference confusing road junctions, creek-beds, bluffs etc, permits the command team to rapidly identify these local features and ensure that the correct regions are covered - even if these features are not specifically identified or named on any available maps. This ability to accurately respond within a myriad of unlabelled roads, creeks and bluffs has proven to be a key feature of an accurate and focused mission, while also minimizing gaps in coverage and uncertain assignment information. 

Debrief Tracking
  For response teams equipped with GPS tracking devices, such as 'Track Commander' their track-files can be plotted on the mission map, creating a 'breadcrumb' track of their recorded locations.  For returning field teams with handheld GPS units their track-files can be displayed as identified, time-stamped map layers, providing very accurate information on their actual travel route, as well as any recorded gaps in coverage.

The combination of customized mission maps, GPS route files,  'Beacon Tracking' monitoring, geo-referencing and debrief tracking, permit comprehensive mission management in remote and featureless locations. 'Incident Commander Pro's unique integration of powerful location-based technologies helps ensure that the mission and field teams stay 'on track' - even in the most challenging terrain or adverse weather conditions.

For more information please contact:
SAR Technology Inc.
Phone: (604) 921-2488    Fax (604) 921-2484      sartechnology@telus.net

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