July 2, 2014—In a collaborative effort, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has posted code developed by NJVC® to the agency’s GitHub account. NJVC developed the code for NGA’s R3 (Readiness, Response, Recovery workgroup) Request for Information (RFI) Generator, a Web application designed to support first responders with a simple-to-use, device-agnostic, responder-facing interface. The application’s source code is being made available via GitHub.com as a free download though GitHub.com. (Click here to visit NGA on Github.)
This code release directly supports initiatives of NGA Director Letitia Long to encourage innovation, integration and reduction of costs across the Intelligence Community. At the recent GEOINT 2013* Symposium at the Tampa Convention Center, NGA Director Long announced the agency’s participation in GitHub.com, a popular Web-based network that allows programmers to collaborate and share computer code among users. “It’s critical we [NGA] identify more ways to be innovative, reduce costs and integrate efforts across the Intelligence Community and all of government,” said NGA Director Letitia Long. “It’s [the effort is] a new way of thinking for us, and it is exactly the kind of thing we need to be doing.”
The R3 RFI Generator was developed by NJVC in collaboration with NGA in support of the agency’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Recovery (HADR) efforts. The R3 RFI Generator was developed for use by first responders to disasters and humanitarian events where the quick relay of information is vital to supportive action with the potential to save lives.
The team’s main purpose was to streamline communications between first responders and analysts making GEOINT (satellite imagery, maps, traffic, weather and customized data) readily accessible to those in the field.
The R3 RFI Generator accomplishes this important task by streamlining the request and delivery of GEOINT through a simple-to-use application that can be accessed by any first responder on any mobile device. The R3 RFI Generator application was successfully leveraged by first responders in supporting relief efforts to Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Sandy, Boulder, Colorado flooding, Snohomish County, Washington mudslide and the Valparaiso, Chile wildfires.
"One of the biggest challenges was the development of a system that civilian authorities could levy informational requests through NGA, using personal mobile devices from the field,” said an NGA IWG-R3 representative, “R3 RFI Generator tool was pressed into service at the alpha stage in its development during Hurricane Sandy. NJVC and NGA made rapid enhancements to the tool throughout the crisis, and it was used operationally by NGA and its customers.”
“NJVC was proud to work with NGA on a project that can positively impact the future of humanitarian and disaster response efforts around the globe—as evidenced by its successful use by first responders during several recent catastrophic events,” said Michael Carr, NJVC chief technology officer and senior vice president, technology innovation. “NJVC looks forward to continued collaborative efforts with the agency to the benefit of the advancement of GEOINT.”
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About National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency delivers world-class geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT, that provides a decisive advantage to warfighters, policymakers, intelligence professionals and first responders. Both an intelligence agency and combat support agency, NGA fulfills the President’s national security priorities in partnership with the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense. NGA also is the lead federal agency for GEOINT and manages a global consortium of more than 400 commercial and government relationships. NGA is headquartered in Springfield, Va., and has two major locations in St. Louis and Arnold, Mo. Hundreds of NGA employees serve on support teams at U.S. military, diplomatic and allied locations around the world. To learn more, visit www.nga.mil