- August 24, 2006
- Posted by: EARSC
- Category: EARSC News
Los Angeles/Zurich, August 16, 2006 ?±
CyberCity 3D LLC today announced its participation in Strong Angel III, a collaborative demonstration of civil and military cooperation and communication capabilities put together by a partnership of private companies, government agencies, humanitarian and relief agencies and universities. Hosted by San Diego State University and taking place in San Diego August 21-26, Strong Angel III will field test effective means of delivering life-saving humanitarian relief and rapidly deployable communications systems in the wake of major disasters.
The core site for Strong Angel III will be the operations center at the San Diego Fire Department Fire Rescue Training Facility site, located at the former Naval Training Center near downtown San Diego. San Diego State University??s Visualization Center will be a secondary location.
The Strong Angel III demonstration simulates the impact on information sharing in a real-world disaster. The demonstration will assume the context of a worldwide pandemic caused by a highly contagious virus, which is further complicated by a wave of cyber-attacks inflicted by terrorists that cripple critical local infrastructure and systems. Strong Angel III team members will conduct field trials and demonstrations of solutions that address 49 specific humanitarian relief challenges ?± both technical and social ?± that have not yet been adequately overcome in real disaster relief efforts.
?¨In the wake of major incidents like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Southeast Asia, it is more important than ever to have an integrated response when disaster strikes,?Æ said Eric Rasmussen, MD, director of Strong Angel III and professor at San Diego State University. ?¨Public-and private-sector engagement in Strong Angel III is at remarkable levels, underscoring the significance of the task at hand and the commitment of everyone involved to work together to maximize preparedness and coordination efforts.?Æ
Some of the demonstrations will include developing solutions for redundant power, adaptive communications, austere network communications, mobile workers, cross-organizational collaboration, mesh networking, satellite services, ephemeral workgroups, geospatial information systems, rapid assessment techniques, shared situational awareness, cyber-security, alerting tools, community informatics, machine-based translation for multi-lingual communication, and social network development.
Strong Angel III sponsors include Bell Canada, Cisco Systems, CommsFirst, Microsoft, Save the Children, Sprint Nextel, Google, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the U.S. Department of Defense.
CyberCity 3D LLC will be demonstrating several geospatially accurate and interactive 3D environments for real-time visualization and remote tracking. Experiments include 3D visualization models of San Diego County and photo-realistic 3D textured buildings of the downtown area. CyberCity will, through the utilization of Viewtec??s TerrainView Globe (www.viewtec.ch), demonstrate solutions for public involvement and open communications, including remote tracking and GIS mash-ups.
?¨We are extremely excited to be invited to and to participate in these Strong Angel III experiments?Æ, stated Kevin DeVito, CyberCity 3D CEO.
About Strong Angel III
Strong Angel III is the third in a series of demonstrations that have taken place since 2000. The first two Strong Angel demonstrations were held in 2000 and 2004 in Hawaii associated with the joint Naval exercises called RIMPAC. The primary goals of Strong Angel III are to field-test and demonstrate effective means of delivering life-saving humanitarian relief in the wake of natural and man-made disasters, to foster close collaboration and communications between aid agencies, governments and military in providing disaster relief, to provide local communities with solutions that will help them cope with disasters more immediately and effectively, and to enable military forces to better prepare for and execute humanitarian relief efforts. Strong Angel III will issue a lessons-learned document on its website as soon as possible after conclusion of the demonstration. For more information on Strong Angel III and a listing of participating public- and private-sector organizations, please visit www.strongangel3.net.
About CyberCity 3D, LLC
CyberCity (www.cybercityllc.com) offers services and software products for the generation, management, editing and visualization of 3D city and facility models. Photogrammetry services such as DTM generation, (true-) Orthophoto generation and aerotriangulation are also provided. Additionally, CyberCity distributes high-quality off-the-shelf 3D city models, Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) and True-Orthophotos (TOP) and highly detailed 3D landmarks derived from terrestrial laser scanner data.
CyberCity 3D LLC – Los Angeles, CA
Kevin DeVito, Managing Director
222 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 1800
El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone +1 310 760 2556
Fax +1 310 760 2586
CyberCity AG ?± Zurich, Switzerland
Kilian Ulm, Sales & Marketing
In der Luberzen 3
CH 8902 Urdorf
CH 8902 Urdorf
Phone +41 44 7770 998
Fax +41 44 7770 911