Information Technology Standards: Why They Are Important to Public Safety

New technology standards are being developed that will dramatically improve the way information is shared across the public safety spectrum. The importance of these efforts cannot be overstated. To illustrate the importance of sharing information in public safety, consider the following scenario: A tanker truck carrying hazardous materials overturns on a bridge that spans a river between two jurisdictions. The truck’s container ruptures and the contents begin leaking into the river below. Vapors from the container create a plume of potentially toxic particles that slowly spread downwind toward nearby businesses and residences. The contaminated water flows downstream toward another community’s water intake system.