HUNTSVILLE, Ala., December 12, 2006 -- Intergraph Corporation today announced its participation in the Vigilant Shield exercise, a U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) exercise that is one is a series of national training exercises focusing on national security and emergency response. In conjunction with key U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies, Intergraph is providing situational awareness software tools to help train responders, facilitating preparedness for emergency situations.
The Vigilant Shield exercise, which occurs from December 5-15, 2006, simulates several concurrent and related incidents. Intergraph’s situational awareness technologies will deliver common operating picture maps for the 5th Army and their Exercise Control cell. This common operating picture will empower responders to analyze, manage and respond to the situation based on a visual representation of complex data.
Intergraph provides software tools, support and training to numerous exercises on a national, regional, and local level under its partnership with the Aviation and Missile Research, Development & Engineering Command and Warfighter Protection & Homeland Security Laboratory through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement.
In September, Intergraph conducted a response scenario of a chemical release at Rock Island Arsenal and the Midwest Regional Operations Center (MROC). The first such activity for the Regional Operations Center, the exercise utilized models and simulations to create a realistic, yet cost effective, scenario. While executed in Illinois, the scenario was driven remotely from Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal via a mobile simulation capability developed by Warfighter Protection and Homeland Security Laboratory.
According to Terry McMaster, acting fire chief, Rock Island Arsenal Fire and Emergency services, “The Warfighter Protection Lab facilitated a functional exercise that put the Garrison’s emergency response abilities to the test. Through the use of [Intergraph’s] advanced technologies, the Rock Island Arsenal was brought to a new level of readiness and is better equipped to facilitate the needs of the Emergency First Responders to protect critical missions, protect life, and preserve property and the environment.”
“The Warfighter Protection Lab is pleased to continue working with Intergraph in support of these critical homeland defense exercises. Our combined strengths in situational awareness, planning, and simulation enable us to provide a realistic yet cost-effective training environment using industry leading tools to help government agencies nationwide improve disaster response,” said Dr. Dan Belk, director of the Warfighter Protection Lab.
“By participating in these exercises, Intergraph provides the government with proven situational awareness tools, as well as comprehensive training and support, thereby ensuring preparedness when an emergency presents itself,” stated Jack Pellicci, senior vice president of Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure division and general manager of the company's Federal Solutions and Military & Intelligence business units. “This preparedness will facilitate an efficient and effective response when seconds count most.”
Intergraph will continue to provide its security framework offering to a variety of international, national, regional and local exercises in preparation for the disaster relief mission of the Northern Command’s Army component throughout the remainder of 2006 and into 2007.
Intergraph Corporation is the leading global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software. Security organizations, businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on the company’s spatial technology and services to make better and faster operational decisions. Intergraph’s customers organize vast amounts of complex data into understandable visual representations, creating intelligent maps, managing assets, building and operating better plants and ships and protecting critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world. For more information, visit www.intergraph.com.
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