Information enabled by technology is used to support good decision-making in the public safety arena. In the
information age, the current implementation includes the installation of laptop computers and other mobile computing
technology into mobile environments including ambulances, fire vehicles and police cruisers. Typically, these
computing devices are equipped with various multi-purpose and custom software applications to replicate the public
safety officers' headquarters work environment. In our analysis, we have found that there are large amounts of publiclyavailable
datasets that are not available to the public safety officer in the field, but if made available in a real-time
environment, could greatly assist the decision-making tasks of the officer and increase the safety of the public entrusted
to the officer's watch.
Information delivery and integration in the public safety environment are key elements required to maximize data
support of public safety. Utilizing aspects of requirements engineering, we propose and develop a variety of applications
that allow public safety officials to synthesize and interact with real-time data in the field. Information integration used
to locate a topographic area map, satellite image, or immediate alert of the prevailing weather conditions assist in the
timely decision-making process, especially in areas where such data is not available in the field. Public and private data
sources are delivered according to agency protocols. Our environment takes advantage of the existing Project54
application and hardware, developed at the University of New Hampshire, as well as existing datacasting technology and
other wireless mobile communications technologies.