The REACT platform relies on a net-centric approach to information sharing and aims to provide end-users with a clear and concise presentation of the constant stream of incoming data related to an incident. It does this by providing two unique views on an incident with the distinct aim to maximize the situational awareness of first responders that use the system:
- The first view relies on an efficient and attractive custom-made geographical information system (GIS). The GIS visualizes the incident and provides operators with an immediate overview of the incident area and its surroundings. It clearly maps out first responders in the field, danger areas, public observations, sensor readings and places of interest near the incident to create a comprehensive view of an unfolding CBRNe incident.
- The second view takes the form of a timeline that provides users with a chronological view of events related to an incident. The timeline allows the user to virtually roll back time to make sense of the incident chronologically. An advanced information visualization system assures that the timeline remains easy to grasp, customize and manage.
Besides the information visualization capabilities the modular approach used to develop the REACT platform allows for a wide range of different data inputs. For example, the platform supports live tracking of mobile devices carried by first responders and makes it possible to hook up CBRN sensors through a sensor interface module. A meteorological interface also allows live input of weather data, which may be used to help determine and visualize the danger areas. A web-based graphical user interface enables operators to manually insert data about e.g. incidents or observations.