What is EM-COP?
EM-COP stands for Emergency Management Common Operating Picture.
It is a web-based information gathering, planning and collaboration tool that runs on any device with a modern browser such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
It is designed to provide users with a simple way to gather, organise, create and share emergency management information between emergency managers at no cost to agencies.
This means that no matter where you are – any control centre, shire council, not-for-profit relief organisation, essential service provider or on the ground – you will be able to understand and add to current situation awareness more quickly and effectively than ever before.
In addition, EM-COP will be used before an emergency (to help plan and prepare) and after an emergency (to assist with recovery).
What does EM-COP do?
Once fully integrated and rolled out, EM-COP will be able to help emergency management personnel at all levels share information and make decisions quickly. Key features include:
- A map view with a drawing tool
- Multiple map layers including streets, boundaries, districts etc
- Data layers for weather, tracking etc
- Measuring tool
- Whiteboard (public) and private chat
- Document sharing
- Permanent record of information
Using all of these features, users will be able to quickly manage incidents in virtual collaboration rooms, send messages to one another, and remotely share maps and drawings, documents and files.
What are the advantages of EM-COP?
- Simple to learn and use
- Not a high tech mapping tool that takes a long time to learn – designed for simplicity and ease of operation to quickly build operational maps
- Allows on-line collaboration in near real time
- Provides ability to operate from multiple remote locations (anywhere you can access the internet)
- Provides a platform for rapid development of shared understanding, decision making and distribution of tailored information to relevant stakeholders
- Can handle 1000s of concurrent users and 100s of concurrent incidents