Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative, Phase 1.1

Agencies from all levels of government, on both sides of the U.S./Canada border, came together in the CIPI-1.1 pilot project to explore emergency management data sharing.

The sponsors of CIPI-1.1 were: Autodesk, BAE SYSTEMS, Intergraph, Lockheed Martin, the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA), the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC), GeoConnections/Natural Resources Canada, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and others.

In addition to developing a reference approach to uniting communities at different levels of government to share data, the demonstration illustrated a vision of data sharing for the future based on interoperability. City, county, provincial, state, national and federal agencies showed that the different data could be brought together from different hardware platforms - from mainframes to cell phones - using software from a wide variety of vendors.

CIPI-1.1 met its goals of bringing together a variety of public sector organizations in a geographic area to explore the implications of data sharing for emergency response. It provided a framework to make interoperability possible. And it tested and improved draft interface specifications for emergency alert notification that may become standards for how geospatial software interacts with emergency alert systems.

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