R9 Now Available From NC4

NC4 Inc., the leader in Situational Readiness solutions, announced
today the general availability of its revolutionary incident management
system, R9. The capabilities within R9 far surpass prior E Team
generations and outperform the competitors’ crisis management
applications. NC4 has dedicated over two years of research, development,
testing and customer involvement to its R9 release, to bring users even
more sophisticated incident management functionality, while keeping the
application flexible and easy to use. The R9 framework enables
organizations to use as little or as much of the system’s robust
capabilities as needed, and with its new Custom Forms feature,
organizations can easily tailor R9 to meet their needs. R9 is the only
incident management solution available in the market that gives
organizations an easy-to-customize solution in a COTS product.

Harnessing the power of Web 2.0 technology with its Custom Forms and
Universal Console, R9 gives organizations with a command and control
mission even greater flexibility in tracking, analyzing and processing
information. R9 is out-of-the-box ready with over forty standard reports
including Resource Management, and with its new Custom Forms
capability, can be tailored to meet the needs of any Federal, state,
county, local and tribal organizations tasked with managing emergencies.
R9 brings numerous benefits which include the ability to:

— Comply with changing Federal and state regulations and standards including ICS, CAP, EDXL, NIEM and NIEM Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs)
— Incorporate organization’s business logic to support operations
— Leverage existing capabilities and GIS data
— Share information to enhance collaboration with mutual aid and information sharing partners
— Meet or exceed increasingly important security requirements

"As a long time customer of NC4, we’re excited about the new
capabilities available with R9," commented Jaclyn Barcroft, Michigan
Department of State Police and Chairperson to NC4’s Product Steering
Committee. "NC4 values the input of its user community, giving customers
a voice in the development process. The design of many of the new
features in R9 was greatly influenced by the user community. R9 will
provide the emergency management community with improved information
management tools to help them in their mission of protecting and
restoring critical infrastructure and key resources, while giving them a
common operational picture of the situation at hand."

"We are proud to welcome R9 into our suite of Situational Readiness
solutions," said NC4 President and CEO, Jim Montagnino. "From the start
of the project, we have been dedicated to making R9 the best-of-breed
incident management software available, giving the emergency management
community the most powerful information management and reporting
capabilities needed to achieve situational awareness. R9 emphasizes our
commitment to providing standards-based solutions, and it continues our
legacy of providing a proven solution to emergency managers and law
enforcement professionals to aid their efforts of saving lives and
property in times of crisis."

Custom Forms

Unlike other products in the market, the Custom Forms feature in R9
includes a real GUI for form design, and the ability to recreate
complicated paper forms with precise WYSIWYG (what you see is what you
get) formatting. R9’s simple to use GUI palette allows organizations to
easily create forms, with the ability to define and validate data
elements such as text boxes, dropdown lists and dates. With a few clicks
of the mouse, users can drag-and-drop data elements from the
user-friendly toolset, quickly building a new form to handle any type of
dynamic data requirements that may occur during large events and
disasters. While simplicity is its strength, the robust foundation of
Custom Forms enables more experienced IT types to create forms with
sophisticated business logic.

Universal Console

Understanding the value of mapping information to emergency
operations, R9 ships standard with NC4’s revolutionary mapping client
technology, Universal Console (UC) along with ESRI’s ArcGIS Server,
making it the only crisis management software that ships with a map
client as part of the standard product. Universal Console’s flexible
design enables users to change base map services, as well as create and
add map layers on-the-fly, for combined views of data including weather,
hazards data, traffic web cameras, and more. UC allows customers to
leverage their investments in base maps and map layers, while allowing
the user to easily add new map layers in a wide range of formats
including the OGC standards of Web Mapping Service (WMS), Web Feature
Service (WFS), GeoRSS, and KML. Universal Console is a Web browser-based
application that works across all major browsers including MS Internet
Explorer, Firefox and Safari, requiring no plug-ins and no local
installation. UC’s ability to consume as well as deliver content in a
variety of formats enables organizations to tap into the proliferation
of GIS data and fuse this wealth of GIS information to bring users
dynamic maps to heighten their overall situational awareness.


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