News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

SVRIP Selected By Homeland Security for Data Interoperablity Project
Improves Disparate CAD System Interoperability and Reduces Emergency Response Time
Contact : Sheryl Contois, Director, Police Technical Services for Palo and SVRIP Vice-Chair, City of Palo Alto, Police Department    650-743-9911
Palo Alto, CA - The Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Project (SVRIP) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Interoperability and Compatibility to conduct a case study of its Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) to CAD data interoperability project. The CAD to CAD data interoperability project supports the Department of Homeland Security’s directive to improve interoperability and information sharing between multiple local, state, and federal agencies.

The DHS Computer Aided Dispatch Interoperability Project represents the first such comprehensive study of this approach to solving interoperability issues, and will result in DHS developing tools, templates, and guidance documents intended to assist agencies nationwide improve CAD system interoperability with neighboring regions. The project represents an important milestone in the efforts of DHS to strengthen interoperability nationwide.

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) member of the House Homeland Security Committee and a long-time advocate for solving interoperability said "SVRIP is an innovative and effective way to improve emergency preparedness and response. The project seamlessly integrates voice and data communications among first responder agencies, including local, state, and federal partners. I'm delighted to see the Silicon Valley once again leading the way for our nation."
In December 2006, FATPOT Technologies was awarded a contract to work with Northrop Grumman, the SVRIP’s Systems Integrator, to complete the pilot data interoperability project.  The result, a seamless information sharing network wherein public safety dispatchers from one jurisdiction are able to monitor resources and automatically exchange call information to the appropriate dispatch center’s fire CAD system.

"Through the development of this pilot project each of the involved fire agencies worked together with the goal of exploring where each communications center could take advantage of this technology and make improvements to enhance the overall efficiency of the fire and emergency medical response system" said Dale Foster, Gilroy Fire Chief and Santa Clara County Fire Chief’s Association representative on the SVRIP Executive Committee.   

"The work by Northrop Grumman and FATPOT on this pilot has been phenomenal" said Sheryl Contois, Vice-Chair of the SVRIP Executive Committee and Data Project Director.  She went on to say "although the pilot is still underway, early testing has shown a three minute savings in dispatching fire resources to the scene of a multi-jurisdiction response". 

Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Project (SVRIP) CONTACT:  Sheryl Contois, Director, Police Technical Services for Palo Alto Police Department and SVRIP Vice-Chair, (650) 743-9911. 

Northrop Grumman CONTACT: Juli Ballesteros, Media Relations Manager, Northrop Grumman Information Technology, 571-243-1094

FATPOT Technologies CONTACT: John Harding, President, (801)815-7800.

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