The Homeland Security Department issued a request for information March 30 for a vendor to provide technology to give the agency a common operating picture for natural or man-made disasters.
The common operating picture (COP) would be available for all federal, state and local governments, and would have to work across a wide variety of platforms, including low-bandwidth and outdated technology.
In the RFI, DHS detailed nine functional areas of the COP, including collaboration using Web 2.0 tools, the display of geospatial information and interoperability among federal, state and local governments and within unclassified and classified networks.
Vendors also must show how the common operating picture would be used during different disaster scenarios such as earthquake, domestic unrest and a terrorist attack.
DHS issued the RFI in part to help meet the goals under the National Response Framework, published in December 2008.
The framework called for the COP to provide overall situational awareness for incident information, and to collection and share information on spot reports, situation reports, and other electronic reporting and information-sharing tools.