Ideas for the Mobility Strategy

Accessing Critical Data from Mobile Devices during Emergencies

During disruptive events such as natural (or man-made) disasters, there is a need for rapid coordination among government personnel and access to critical data relevant to the situation. This critical data will typically be stored remotely from the mobile user. Whether the user is a first responder or a headquarters decision maker, leveraging the commercial wireless infrastructure via mobile devices is the most robust method of addressing this need. Using more advanced devices such as tablets, critical data can be delivered in a visually usable format, geo-referenced, and in near-real time. This is most easily accomplished if the data is pushed or pulled from a cloud-based infrastructure. However, none of this matters if connectivity to the data source isn’t available. Public wireless networks often become unusable during times of disaster due to extreme network overloads; agencies should plan on utilizing the emerging standards for the Wireless Priority Service and its extension to data services to avoid this congestion. The Federal Mobility Strategy should incorporate and promote the implementation of this service.

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