How useful are surveillance cameras?

According to a BBC report, only one crime was solved by each 1,000 CCTV cameras in London last year. Another BBC report shows the extent to which London, and some UK councils, have the highest surveillance camera density in the world. In absolute terms, both the Shetland Islands Council and Corby Borough Council – among…

Dicing with swine flu.

The Daily Mail reports a UK government simulation of swine flu, designed as a business continuity training tool largely for NHS units. The game can be downloaded from the Department of Healths website, is for three to 8 players, (“so people with disabilities and learning difficulties can be supported”) takes around 45-60 minutes plus discussion.…

Buncefield exercising again.

The Watford Observer reports the first exercise on the Buncefeld site since it exploded in December 2005. Accoridng to the paper, “Ten fire engines, a Command Support Unit and a High Volume Pump will be called to the BP oil terminal in Hemel Hempstead to tackle a jet fuel fire. The site will be shut…

Virtual Brunei

According to Brudirect, Raytheon has signed a contract with the Brunei government to produce a Virtual Brunei. This will be “an environmental management project which monitors the countrys environment such as weather forecasting, land use including forest management, deforestation, air quality; quality of the river water; and quality of ocean water that would impact fisheries.…

STRIDE 2009

According to Intellibriefs, China is conducting its largest ever long-range military exercise, Stride 2009. Xin Hua says that 50,000 troops will be transported to four tactical training areas for live-fire drills: “The PLA will introduce a newly developed laser-beam combat simulation system by which the troops in each base will be divided into Red and…

Simulating or stimulating?

The latest MSIAC has an article about the issues involved when an exercise mixes human inputs from role-players (stimulating) with machine simulations of the underlying scenario (simulating). The article is by Alion personnel Andy Ceranowicz, (the technical lead for federation and Joint Semi-Automated Forces (JSAF) development at JFCOM J9), Brett Dufault and Don Beesing. (Ceranowicz…

ICAV

The Integrated Common Analytical Viewer is a US DHS system for visualising data. Its site says: “iCAV is a secure, Web-based, geospatial visualization tool that integrates commercial and government-owned data and imagery from multiple sources….Through iCAV, the Department connects previously stove-piped information sources providing consistent, mission-specific common operating pictures (COPs) across organizational boundaries, thereby fostering…