US Dept of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

NLT worked with DHS and DC to provide a proof of concept demonstration showing how geospatial data could be shared between DHS and the DC Government for emergency response in a major emergency. The demonstration centered on a bidirectional exchange of geospatial information between the DHS National Operations Center and the DC Emergency Operations Center.

The 2009 Presidential Inauguration served as the use case. The scenario involved a severe weather event (snow storm) and its effect on commuter and evacuation routes in the District of Columbia. Technologies used included ArcGIS Server, Arc2Earth, Google Earth, .Net, JavaScript, and KML.

The pilot was a success and provided many recommendations to DHS and the DC Government regarding how geospatial intelligence can be shared among multiple jurisdictions to accomplish long-term and large-scale emergency management goals.

Office of Intelligence, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department of Homeland Security

NLT provided GIS services including GIS analysis, simulation, visualization, and cartographic production. NLT was responsible for the development of pilot applications addressing spatial situational awareness, pilot support for Homeland Security emergency response, hazard mapping and analysis, as well as spatial crime analysis.

One of the projects involved suspicious financial activity analysis, in which NLT’s GIS analysts geocoded over 300,000 suspicious activity reports, identifying links between suspicious locations and distances travelled to commit a crime. Another project involved foreign student visa analysis. Using the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) visa data, NLT analyzed the density of foreign students in major cities.

Another project involved gang activity analysis, in which NLT geocoded a list of suspected gang members by gang affiliation and analyzed the points based on county and census tract density. The final project involved radar terrain masking data analysis. For this project, NLT’s GIS analysts used surveillance data to geospatially analyze 25-plus drug smuggling cases along the U.S-Canada border.

Among the factors covered were aircraft takeoff and landing points, terrain models, and radar coverage overlays. Final products included PDF maps and KML file exports for ease of distribution.


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