eCLIC : Emergency Communications Leadership & Innovation Center(sm)

WCA eCLIC Labs at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley

eCLIC, the Emergency Communications Leadership & Innovation Center (a special interest group of the Wireless Communications Alliance) will participate in the important Disaster Management Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley Campus and will jointly plan and develop the “WCA eCLIC Labs at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley”. WCA eCLIC will collaborate both in selected research areas and in overall proposal and public policy development, submissions and supervision.
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Current Activities

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley: Disaster Management Initiative & CrisisCampSiliconValley

March 26th - 28th 2010
Venue: Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, Moffett Field CABookmark and Share

Disaster Management Initiative: Coordination among Citizens, Emergency Responders and Command Centers
The Disaster Management Initiative brings together multiple groups and individuals to develop next generation solutions to improved coordination and collaboration between Citizens, Emergency Responders and Command Centers. The goal is more effective management of response and recovery of disasters and emergencies of various types and scale. Mobile devices, wireless sensors, context-aware/situation-aware information fusing, filtering and distribution, and fast communications infrastructure will play a major role.
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CrisisCampSiliconValley: Where are we now? - Technology and Disaster Response in Silicon Valley
CrisisCampSiliconValley will be hosted by Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley in the NASA Ames Research Park, Moffett Field, California from March 26th through 28th, 2010, as part of the Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Disaster Management Initiative. CrisisCampSiliconValley will be a goal-oriented bar-camp - bring your demos/data and be ready to communicate. CrisisCamps bring together domain experts, developers and first responders around improving technology and practice for humanitarian crisis; CrisisCampSiliconValley will focus on the Bay Area and beyond. Prizes for further development of technology and collaboration (e.g., prototype testing, funding roadmaps) will be awarded. (This event is free and open to the public.)
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The first eCLIC pilot project; the LIVERMORE INFO NET COLLABOARATIVE (LINC) is underway. This collaboration includes Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Livermore/Pleasanton Fire Dept., Livermore Police Dept, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Sandia Labs, and others. LINC was successfully demonstrated during district-wide emergency drills in April and November 2007. For the first time, collaborative managers remotely viewed live video and sensors inputs on interactive map-based Common Operational Picture computer screens. The wireless high speed network also provided connections for the local community's "tent city" that was developing on the school fields (the Loma Prieta earthquake actually created such "tent cities" on school grounds in California).

SeCLIC, the STANFORD EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION CENTER is the second eCLIC program under development. SeCLIC has convened several meetings and a successful LINC-like demonstration at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (in May 2007, with the addition of underground wireless video via small “breadcrumbs” radios). Both daily campus/community protection applications and advanced emergency management were demonstrated. SeCLIC is open to all interested parties and our meetings include police, fire, military, and emergency services leaders. Currently, SeCLIC is led by volunteers from Palo Alto Fire Dept. (R. Hull), SLAC (R. Reek), the Stanford University Environmental Health & Safety Group (K. Perry), and the WCA eCLIC chairman (P. Lanthier). No further demos are scheduled, however talks continue.

User-centered "democratized innovation" principles guide eCLIC projects (see MIT's Dr. Eric von Hippel's work). SeCLIC, LINC, and eCLIC leverage investments from, and experience with, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Information Technology Evaluation Program, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School's Hastily Formed Networks program, the National Incident Management System, the Golden Gate Safety Network, CalOES, and other national and international efforts...using today's technologies.

WCA eCLIC Publications

December 2009
WCA eCLIC files comments w/ FCC recommending the inclusion of public safety broadband communications in public school broadband plans.

Download the WCA eCLIC comment submission

April 2009
eCLIC Files Comments with NTIA BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program)

The U.S. Congress has appropriated $4.7 billion to establish a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program for awards to eligible entities to develop and expand broadband services to unserved and underserved areas and improve access to broadband by public safety agencies. Of these funds, $250 million will be available for innovative programs that encourage sustainable adoption of broadband services; at least $200 million will be available to upgrade technology and capacity at public computing centers, including community colleges and public libraries; $10 million will be a transfer to the Office of Inspector General for the purposes of BTOP audits and oversight. Up to $350 million of the BTOP funding is designated for the development and maintenance of statewide broadband inventory maps. WCA eCLIC, in conjunction with several leaders in the wireless broadband industry, filed comments in April 2009 to help direct the NTIA in developing success metrics for the BTOP program.

Download the WCA eCLIC comment submission

March 2008 : San Francisco Bay
Naval Postgraduate School + Alameda County Sheriff Dept Interdiction Exercise

The premise of the 2008 Naval Postgraduate School Maritime Interdiction exercises, as they were held in San Francisco Bay in March 2008, was simple; someone enters San Francisco Bay in a boat, large or small, with radioactive contraband on board. How will you find out that is has happened? Is it an atom bomb? Is it a dirty bomb? Is it fissionable material being smuggled in, or out? Is it a load of steel from a third world source that included too much scrap from a decommissioned nuclear power plant? If you do find out that something dangerous is in progress, what will you do about it? In the modern world, unfortunately, the answers to these questions are not of merely academic interest.

The now yearly interdiction exercises provide a forum in which US and international military, police, and other emergency agencies can test and develop detection technologies, search tactics, communications technologies, and rehearse the inter-agency communications protocols that will be required to handle such an event. Robert Stodieck (co-chair of the WCA eCLIC) joined the interdiction exercises as an observer for two days in San Francisco Bay. The full interdiction exercise took place across the globe and involved the navies of several governments over a period of approximately 2 months. The full scope these exercises are well beyond the scope of this report. eCLIC's focus was on the emergency wireless communications aspect of the exercises; particularly mobile or abruptly established fixed-wireless broadband.

-- Report by Robert Stodieck, WCA eCLIC co-chair - Download the exercise report

Recent WCA eCLIC SIG Events

January 2010 : WCA eCLIC SIG @ PTC '10 (Honolulu HI)
PTC'10 Conference : Emergency Communications & Disaster Management Workshop
-- Co-moderator: Pat Lanthier, Chairman of WCA eCLIC & Principal of Rivera/Lanthier & Associates
-- Co-moderator: Ken Zita, President, Networks Dynamics Associates, LLC
-- Robert I. Desourdis Jr., VP, Technology, Science Applications International Corporation
-- Dr. Martin Griss, Director, Silicon Valley Campus and Associate Dean, College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
-- Robert Kirkpatrick, Technical Advisor, InSTEDD
-- Neil Tagare, CEO,
-- Brian Steckler, Professor, US Naval Postgraduate School

July 2008 : WCA eCLIC & the 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance
Dare to Prepare Bay Area
-- Pat Lanthier, eCLIC SIG Chair, Wireless Communications Alliance - presentation

January 2009 : WCA eCLIC SIG @ PTC '09 (Honolulu HI)
PTC'09 Conference : Emergency Communications and Disaster Management Workshop
-- Patrick Lanthier, Principal, Rivera/Lanthier & Associates
-- Ken Zita, VP for Conferences, PTC Board of Governors & Managing Partner, Network Dynamics Associates
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July 2008 : WCA eCLIC & the 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance
Dare to Prepare Bay Area
-- Pat Lanthier, eCLIC SIG Chair, Wireless Communications Alliance - presentation

  • First-hand Accounts and Stories of the Day : The damage, the experience of living through the 1868 Hayward earthquake & what people of that day thought they had learned about "Safety and Architecture" presented by Richard Schwartz, Author and Historian.
  • 2008 Innovations for "Connected, Protected, and Educated Communities" presented by Pat Lanthier, Chairman, WCA eCLIC SIG Chair.

January 2008 : WCA eCLIC SIG @ PTC '08 (Honolulu HI)
PTC'08 Conference : Emergency Communications and Disaster Management Workshop
-- Patrick Lanthier, Principal, Rivera/Lanthier & Associates
-- Ken Zita, VP for Conferences, PTC Board of Governors & Managing Partner, Network Dynamics Associates

July 2007 : WCA General Session + eCLIC SIG
Wireless To The Rescue - Communications in a Day After Scenario
-- Rick Ellinger, President, WCA & Director, Disaster Planning Initiative, JVSV - presentation
-- Pat Lanthier, Chairman, WCA Emergency Communications Leadership and Innovation Center - presentation
-- Floyd Wilson, Facilities Director, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District & Co-Founder, Livermore Info Net Collaborative (LINC) - presentation
-- Dipak Basu, Program Director, INSTEDD & Project Leader, Community Disaster Networking Initiative - presentation
-- Sue Leonard, Director Homeland Security, AT&T

May 2007 : eCLIC SIG
Emergency Communications 2.0
 (This event was a live exercise/drill held at Stanford Linear Accelerator)

April 2007 : eCLIC SIG
New Age Emergency Communications -- Real Lessons from the Field
-- Dr. Bill Dunlop & Team, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore
-- Dr. Alex Bordetsky & Team, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey

February 2007 : eCLIC SIG
Innovative eCLIC Technology...NOW!
-- Richard Santina, Safety and Security Systems BU, Cisco
-- Rakesh Bharania, Safety and Security Systems BU, Cisco
-- Clarence Boice, President, IPS
-- Jason Schwark, SAIC

Other WCA eCLIC Activities

  • September 2007 : Applied for a California state "Connected and Protected Communities" Grant
  • October 2007 : Discussions underway with U.S. DHS and Michigan State University for the CIP-Critical Incident Protocol program link to eCLIC
  • Pat Lanthier (& eCLIC) named to the California Wireless Panel of Expert Advisor's for the state's "Wireless Comparative Analysis and Best Practices Education Project", with CETF, BBIC, CCTPG, and Community Partners
  • SUASI : Super Urban Area Security Initiative Planning Team work underway
  • September 2007 : Pat Lanthier (& eCLIC) named Co-Chair of the Pacific Telecom Council's (PTC) "Emergency Communications & Disaster Management Workshop" - this is an International event set for January 13, 2008, in Honolulu HI
  • November 2007 : Silicon Valley DPI: eCLIC on Response Team
  • November 2007 : CDN: eCLIC on Planning Team
  • October 2007: eCLIC supports NIST Project 25/34/OLES/TIA 4.9 GHz assessment team
  • October 2007: eCLIC spearheads and supports successful FCC waiver request filed by the Washington D.C. law firm, Wiley Rein LLP (WCA eCLIC advisors)
  • November 1, 2 2007 : Pat Lanthier (& eCLIC) in Washington D.C. with FCC, NTIA, and DH&HS, to participate in Healthcare Summit on Emergency Communications, Response and Recovery
  • October 2007: Work underway with Naval Postgraduate School Maritime Interdiction Network Project
  • October 2007: Work underway with FEMA/CalOES on Local Hazard Mitigation Plans
  • October : Pat (eCLIC) met with eCLIC advisors in Europe (Univ. of Bremen, Thales Group, to review advanced emergency comms work with the Paris Fire Brigade (wearable computers/BB comms, 3D Common Operational Picture, in-building personnel locators, etc.)

About the WCA eCLIC

The WCA's Emergency Communications Leadership & Innovation Center (eCLIC) is a Special Interest Group (SIG) within the WCA that serves as an open forum to stimulate the advancement and widespread use of Wireless Broadband networks and Collaborative (e.g.: Common Operational Picture) Applications for emergency services and protection management for both disaster response/recovery and daily use.

The eCLIC goal is to realize a user-friendly "point and click" application-rich wireless world for emergency responders and protection managers, so that we can enjoy "CONNECTED, PROTECTED, EDUCATED COMMUNITIES"

eCLIC applies decades of field experience, focusing its efforts on three critical areas that comprise the "eCLIC Success Triad" :

  • Visionary Leadership (Policies, Procedures, Agreements, Funds)
  • Hard Infrastructure (Innovative Technology, Networks)
  • Soft Infrastructure (Skills, Training, Applications)

Good ideas, proposals, volunteers, supporters and sponsors are welcome. Currently, eCLIC has a significant International Advisory Board and a small Leadership Group led by SIG chairman Pat Lanthier.

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