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Title: Continues to rely on multi-agency laptops at al


1
Wildland Fire Incident IT Thin Client Pilot
Project
  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group
  • October, 2007

2
Problem
  • The interagency wildland fire incident community
    is not currently provided with reliable
    standardized information technology
    infrastructure. As a result, systems currently
    in use on incidents are composed of scrounged
    hardware which has been cobbled together.
  • Incident Management Team IT kits presently can
    not always support our software and data
    investments (ISuite, ROSS, LANDFIRE, ICBS, etc.)

3
Typical IT Team Set-ups
Dependent on CTSP genius to configure Laptops
at all stations
4
Typical Remote Connectivity
  • Remote connectivity dependent on contracted
    services
  • Time delays
  • Significant fee rates can be generated on long
    term incidents

5
  • Incident Command Post (ICP) Network Layout 1
  • Multi-Agency Laptop configuration
  • Dependant on available internet access
  • Difficult to configure
  • Inconsistent set-up from team to team

6
  • ICP Layout 2
  • Improved resource use
  • Improved security
  • Improved stability/speed

Continues to rely on multi-agency laptops at all
workstations
7
Incident Management Team IT
  • Where we are
  • Nonstandard, piecemealed kits
  • SECURITY Data and Equipment - concerns for
    stored information on equipment and data
    management
  • STABILITY / SPEED Redundancy and reliability
    issues, storage capability, durability and speed
    problems from use of laptops as servers
  • CONSISTENCY Operational challenges and
    maintenance issues stemming from corporate laptop
    use
  • STANDARDS Inconsistent IT Specialist
    capabilities - non-standard training program for
    CTSP

8
Incident Management Team IT
  • TEAM DEPLOYMENT Team IT program is inefficient
  • Time Delays
  • Excessive shipment
  • TEAM TRANSITION
  • Presently require a complete IT swap-out
  • SET UP TIME No internal capability for remote
    internet connectivity
  • Significant configuration time results in delay
    in providing critical information to GMAC, NMAC
    for decision support
  • COSTS Laptops 5 times more expensive than Thin
    Clients

9
Promising IMT IT Pilot Project
  • Based on Terminal Server / Thin Client concept
  • Portable Satellite support
  • The pilot project has helped define a standard IT
    Kit that can get an IMT up and running within
    hours of arrival

10
Incident Management Team IT Kit
11
Satellite
  • Portable
  • Short up and running time
  • Minimal, standardized configuration and set-up
  • Fast data transfer speeds
  • Provides secure network access
  • Economical service rates
  • Recognized by all agencies as a trusted
    environment

12
Terminal Server
  • Designed for redundancy
  • Capable of securely storing large amounts of data
  • Standard configuration
  • Allows data transfer management and
    prioritization

13
Thin Clients
  • No data on the client
  • no hard drive
  • Minimal maintenance
  • no moving parts
  • Longer life cycle
  • Economical
  • Standard configuration
  • Green friendly
  • Efficient use of bandwidth
  • Enhanced security

14
Lessons Learned
  • The concept is sound
  • Handout
  • Prototype report reviews 7 Incidents which
  • IT Starter Kit was used on

15
Lease/Purchasea blend? Things to Consider
  • Thin Client technology has a longer life cycle
    than traditional laptop computers due to its
    durability and minimal system changes needed
    over time
  • Remote connectivity lease rates can be very
    expensive
  • Lease cost savings achieved from a single long
    term incident could be enough to purchase an IT
    Satellite Kit
  • Leasing can supplement the IT Starter Kit concept
    and provide surge capability once the standard
    is established.
  • Cache concept of use and reuse maximizes the
    return on investment, minimizes inventory needs,
    is quickly refurbished, quickly shipped, can be
    pre-positioned and can stay in place for the
    duration of the incident

16
Proven Value and Performance Cache System of
Operations
The National Interagency Radio Support Cache
The National Interagency Support Cache
Use and re-use of the equipment pays for itself
many times over!
17
IMT IT Starter Kit Cost estimates
Base IMT Kit consists of 10 workstations (2 Box
Bs)
18
Key Principles
  • Interagency Program Support for IMT and Expanded
    Dispatch operations
  • Can support other programs such as Training,
    NICC/NMAC support and All-Hazard
  • Standardized Hardware approach
  • Standardized Operations and Maintenance
  • Solves multiple security and data concerns
  • Mobile and Flexible
  • Economical

19
Thin Client / Terminal Server set-up to support
training
NAFRI / NFDRS Cadre Meeting October 16-18, 2007
20
What is our future Plan?
  • Consider interagency support of the IT Starter
    Kit project
  • Consider building on present knowledge gained to
    develop standard specifications for hardware and
    software.
  • Consideration of using the proven Cache System
    Concept for IT support

21
Where we go from here
  • Develop a complete business case
  • Provide recommendations on how to precede
  • Needed Resources starting Jan 2008
  • Dedicated Detailer for 120 days
  • May need limited funding for Detailer
  • NWCG Updates
  • Status report - February 2008
  • Final report - April 2008
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