Across the country, local, regional and state authorities have struggled to organize and exectue coordinated responses to major emergencies. This stems, in large part, from the lack of centralized clearinghouses for real time information that can be accessed by entities from various jurisdictions and levels of government.
Data Fusion Centers close this critical information gap by providing partners with the data they need to quickly and accurately analyze a situation, develop a strategic plan to address it and implement a coordinated response. With engineering and architectural support from L.R. Kimball, the four-state Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC) is helping to set the standard for 21st century data fusion centers.
The System of Systems Security Integration Initiative (SOSSEC) is the driving force behind the DVIC design. This consortium combines the expertise and perspectives of nearly 40 U.S. Department of Defense, industrial, civilian and academic partners. Among other priorities, SOSSEC is charged with developing a state-of-the-art data fusion center that will tie together information from approximately 200 entities across 12 counties and four states.
To meet the objectives of SOSSEC, L.R. Kimball experts designed the DVIC to:
- Provide 24/7/365 data access to approximately 200 DVIC entities
- Allow authorities and analysts to monitor developing situations around the clock
- Directly connect to the DVIC any first responders with a radio system to facilitate real-time information sharing
- Leverage existing resources to the greatest extent possible
- Anticipate and be prepared for future security, emergency, technology and personnel needs
The Delaware Valley Intelligence Center will be state-of-the-art. Through this all-hazards, all-crimes data fusion center, first responders and government officials can exchange information and intelligence, maximize their resource effectiveness, streamline operations and improve the ability to respond to disasters, fight crime and terrorism by analyzing data from a variety of sources.
- 40,000 square-foot adaptive re-use of an urban 1940s era Navy manufacturing and distribution structure
- Houses Philadelphia Police Department’s Homeland Security and Criminal Intelligence Units, state and federal agencies, and private sector resources
- Watch Center that enables authorities and analysts to monitor developing situations 24/7/365
- Secure Room Suite that provides a strictly controlled space for handling classified information, with encrypted connections to federal agencies
- Security features, including hardened windows, card access system, biometrics and CCTV
- Expansive water tanks to be used in the event the public water system is compromised
- Collaborative spaces that facilitate interaction between partners, including conference and breakout areas with tackable surfaces
- 24-hour amenities, including showers, locker rooms and lunchroom