IAFC Releases New Data Standardization Plan in White Paper
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 | Comments

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and its partners released a standardized approach to data transmission from multiple types of sensors capturing both discrete and continuous data streams in a hazardous materials environment.

A new white paper recommends IAFC and its partners move forward with JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) as the standard output language. JSON is a lightweight, compressible data-interchange format. The full white paper is here.

The standardization of data transmission will allow for the advancement of data ingest products capable of digesting the large amounts of data and displaying it in operationally relevant context, IAFC said.

During the past several years, the landscape of the “smart emergency responder” has been defined and priorities have been identified in support of a common operating picture (COP). A common theme across the broad studies has been the need for standardization in the data formats driving both system compatibility and interoperability.

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