Emergency planning research begins

New research to find out how interactive technology can improve emergency briefings is currently being carried out by a team of experts from Leeds University.

May 3, 2007
By David Howell
Lissie Harper. Picture: PA news agency

New research to find out how interactive technology can improve emergency briefings is currently being carried out by a team of experts from Leeds University.

Existing research into atypical incidents (such as the 7/7 bombings) has shown that the dissemination of operational information can be a major challenge.

Steljes has commissioned the research group AIMTech, (part of the Leeds University Business School) to conduct the research working with Gold and Silver Command centres throughout the UK.

Dr David Allen, of AIMTech, said that while the use Steljes’ SMART Board interactive whiteboards is relatively widespread throughout police forces in the UK, there has been no systematic academic research undertaken to establish how the technology is being used, and what benefits it delivers.

“Research into the 7/7 bombings and other atypical incidents, shows that the collation, analysis and dissemination of information has been problematic in the past.”

Over the next six months the research team will be working with a number of organisations that use the whiteboards, looking at both the processes used to identify, acquire and introduce the technology, and the resulting changes in delivering intelligence briefings and co-ordinating action at the strategic level in emergency planning.

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