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Crisis Communication 2.0 - Real-time Civilian Protection

When a crisis occurs, where you are is just as important as what happened. During Federal, State or Local crises – blanket alerts are sent out to civilians over multiple communication channels such as TV, Radio, Telephone, Email and SMS. While these platforms do an excellent job of raising awareness within the affected population – they can also raise panic. CiviGuard is the world’s first guided evacuation over smartphone platform. It couples authoritative information from government, media and internet sources with your specific location to formulate the best route to safety during a crisis. This session focuses on how our technologies empower emergency management agencies to redefine the government-to-civilian relationship during a crisis. We will demonstrate how this essential service combines multi-touch, smartphones, OpenGL, Augmented Reality, GPS, Map APIs, SMS and the Web to improve transparency, responsiveness and resiliency when we need it the most.

Website: CiviGuard Technologies

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Zubin Wadia

CiviGuard, Inc.

Zubin is a parallel technology entrepreneur with a passion for Open Data, Gov 2.0 and positive social impact. He is the founder of CiviGuard Technologies, RedRock IT Solutions and a partner at ImageWork Technologies. Over the last 10 years he has deployed complex process automation and content management systems for Government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

He is especially familiar with the City of New York’s agencies such as FDNY, NYPD, Department of Health and the Department of Design and Construction. Over his career he has remained fiercely independent when it comes to technology platform choices – having implemented solutions on Java, Open Source, .NET and mobile platforms.

He enjoys programming whenever possible – with Scala, Erlang, Haskell being current favorites. Zubin was one of 40 students selected to attend the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University, a institution sponsored by NASA and Google for the development of future technology leaders. He is the author of three books on software development and architecture in addition to being on the Java Content Repository 2.0 expert group.