Sensor Integration Module
COBRA has a proven history of sensor integration including integration of handheld and fixed sensors, as well as integration with existing sensor integration systems. For example, the FIFA World Cup spanned 30 days and 12 cities in Brazil, where COBRA collected over 1.2 million real-time sensor readings for site security operations by the Brazilian military. COBRA provided the same function for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The existing integration of hazard databases such as chemical, biological, radiological and explosives search tools and easy to use plume and dispersion creation and display tools can provide instantaneous decision support if, or when, a sensor alarm is reported. COBRA can be integrated with systems that rapidly identify hazardous agents and contaminants such as standoff detectors. Selected examples of current deployed detectors integrated with COBRA include (but are not limited to):
- Thermo Scientific RadEye Personal Radiation Detectors with firmware version 3
- Thermo Scientific SPRD
- AirSense Analytics Gas Detector Array (GDA)-2 firmware version 2.55
- Mirion Technologies SpiR-ID firmware version 1.3.5 radiation
- Mirion Technologies Backpack
COBRA is also currently integrated with the sensor management system in use at the U.S. Department of Defense Pentagon Continuity of Operations (COOP) site, providing users there with automated CBRNE data lookups and alerts within the COBRA system based on specific sensor alarms that occur within the sensor network. Using our API, COBRA is able to provide an existing sensor network vendor with the appropriate integration points for sending data in to the COBRA system, or optionally, can replace the sensor integration system with direct links from existing sensors to the COBRA system.
COBRA is particularly well-suited for multi-sensor integration and risk analysis, providing essential, timely information to support decisions made on-scene by an incident commander. Our work with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Brazilian Army has focused on integrating CBRNE detection and identification technologies. Our sensor integration framework can be expanded to include real-time weather stations (WeatherBug, etc.), RFID and Biometric access control systems, CCTV and traffic camera networks, seismic sensors, and flood and inundation sensors.
An example application of this capability could involve the networking of personal radiation detectors carried by Security Officers across the facility. COBRA can provide real time location and status information regarding those sensors and automatically alert the designated authorities should any of those sensors alarm at any time
Capabilities of the COBRA Sensor Integration Module include:
- Tracking real time location of sensors and personnel.
- Generating and collating real-time operation logs for all participating elements
- Managing all response plans, databases, checklists, responder data and after action reports from a single software platform
- Gathering and collating real-time GPS-tagged sensor readings for mobile and fixed sites
- Gathering real-time remote GPS-tagged photographs
- Displaying data in real-time on a single map and accessing data from anywhere
- Archiving all data and providing export to common file formats (Excel, Google Earth)
- Real-time alarms based on multiple sensor readings