Real-Time Situational Awareness: Today’s Holy Grail

  • Written by John Contestabile

So, I have heard this expression before, but what does it really mean?

Holy Grail: something that you want very much but that is very hard to get or achieve.

Well, that seems about right, as “real-time situational awareness” or a “common operating picture” are goals that are often bandied about in public-safety and emergency-management circles. Presumably, it is something desirable in order that those in charge have an accurate understanding of what is going on around them, so that they may be prepared to respond or react.  After all, how do you know you have to react, if you don’t know that something has gone awry?

This article appears on Urgent Communications dated February 25, 2020.

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