Haystax Technology is exhibiting at the 2016 California Emergency Services Association (CESA) Annual Training & Conference in San Diego, California from October 4-7. The company’s California Common Operating Picture for Threat Awareness (Cal COP) platform was developed exclusively for the Coalition of California UASIs (CCU), which represents the major metropolitan areas funded by the Homeland Security Department’s Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI).
Cal COP, which will be demonstrated in a conference breakout session on October 6 at 3:00 p.m., leverages local and regional risk management and critical infrastructure assessments, layered with real-time threat information, to create high-level threat awareness for a large and geographically dispersed community of jurisdictional users in emergency operations centers (EOCs) and in the field. It is based on Haystax’s Haystax Analytics Platform and associated applications, deployed by local, state and federal agencies during routine security operations, large special events and all types of natural disasters and major incidents.
“Cal COP enhances the region’s risk analysis processes, critical infrastructure protection activities, and strategic security planning,” said John Valencia, Executive Director of the City of San Diego Office of Homeland Security.
Cal COP will be featured in the session “Risk-Based Planning and Performance Metrics,” focusing on how the Bay Area UASI integrates tools like Cal COP to analyze risk more accurately and measure risk mitigation progress more effectively. Cal COP includes a comprehensive set of performance measures that address the core capabilities across the planning, organizing, equipping, training and exercising (POETE) continuum. Additionally, tools like Cal COP are used every day to provide a common operating picture for metropolitan areas, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) regions and the state overall, providing a detailed view for officials.
The “Super Bowl 50 Lessons Learned” keynote session will focus on region-wide planning and preparation for Super Bowl events in the Bay Area earlier this year. Cal COP was one of the tools used by public safety officials for situational awareness during the week-long series of public events including Super Bowl Opening Night, the Super Bowl City fan village, and the NFL Experience. Super Bowl 50 marked the seventh straight year Haystax leveraged Cal COP in providing real-time situational awareness during Super Bowl week.
More recently, Cal COP was used during Yellow Command, part of Urban Shield 2016, which brought together Bay Area jurisdictions, as well as Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County, to exercise and evaluate the Regional Catastrophic Earthquake Logistics Response Plan for the Bay Area. Cal COP provided risk analysis and risk management capabilities for this year’s scenario, which simulated the Bay Area’s response to a major earthquake 72 hours after impact, coupled with a cyber-attack on local government.
“Understanding your current threat landscape is absolutely crucial in responding appropriately to threats, be they intentional, technological or natural,” said Haystax CEO Bryan Ware. “Cal COP is a critical tool in any EOC, whether it’s used on its own or integrated with other software for enhanced situational and operational awareness.”
For more information on Haystax’s Cal COP, please stop by Booth 11 at CESA or visit www.calcop.org.