GEOHuntsville Update JULY 2017: What we're thinking, doing and collaborating on!
July 2017

Sensing Security in a Geospatially Intelligent City

Cities are applying all types of sensors to better understand how to make them more safe, secure and sustainable.

The main story

GEOHuntsville's Blueprint for Safety Phase IV Pilot objective is to integrate current and emerging technologies into an operational environment to provide timely access to actionable information before, during, and after impact. Further objectives are to enable multi-agency information sharing in support of multi-jurisdictional rapid disaster response.

Some Phase IV Objectives (2017 DEMEX) include: Testing and integration of low to no-costs sensors, Discovery of new and emerging sensor, and Testing the feasibility of "Ultra-Fast" Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Deployment. 

The Blueprint for Safety Phase IV Demonstration/Exercise (DEMEX) will be held on August 22nd at the Von Braun Center and will include an Exercise portion to allow operators, technologists and observers to fully exercise the technologies presented in the context of a real world scenario based on fictional events at the Von Braun Center, South Hall location. The exercise is intended to support the pilot integration to evaluate sensors and their inputs, responder workflows, and test the feasibility of “ultra-fast” deployment of UAS assets in support of response. If your agency would like to participate as an observer, please contact us directly at The planning team is collaborating with the technical team to finalize the exercise requirements now.

A Demonstration Period will follow the Exercise to provide participants and observers hands-on time with the technology and one-on-one time with the technologists and operators. Registration details for the DEMEX to follow soon!

Problem Statement:

Lack of access to actionable information before, during, and after events severely hinders the first responders’ ability to provide safe and appropriate response to and recovery from everyday incidents. Much of this technology and the automated methods to deploy it exist today.  However, communities are struggling to understand the complete picture of how fast-moving technology, automated integration, and supportive training fit together to improve information access and sharing to enhance situational awareness, increase efficiencies, lower costs, and improve responder safety.


Scope of the Exercise:

To identify and test new and emerging sensor technologies and their integration into an information-sharing platform in order to provide a feasible technical solution to address existing response capability gaps. An active shooter, IED/bomb threat, hostage rescue scenario has been developed to provide the basis for testing in a real-world scenario that is plausible in a typical mid-sized municipality.

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Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Pathfinder Symposium AUGUST 22-24, 2017

Test Day 1 Completed!

Test Day 1 Completed! July 17th

The GEOHuntsville technical and planning teams, working groups, facility managers, responders, chiefs and stakeholders are working hard to make our upcoming DEMEX on August 22nd a success. As part of the preparation, the team held a Test Day on July 17th which was deemed very successful! We'd like to extend a special thanks to our Industry members for lending their expertise to this test!
Read More about Test Day 1 HERE

As we race to the deadline of delivering this DEMEX on August 22nd, there is still much to do. Our planning teams and individual working groups continue to work on their pieces of the demo --so please stay tuned for details through your working group's distributions. 

GEOHuntsville's Demonstration and Exercise (DEMEX) will be held on August 22nd in conjunction with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Pathfinder Symposium, August 22-24 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Want to get involved? Learn more about GEOHuntsville Work Groups  Here

Upcoming Local Equipment Demonstration Opportunities:

NEI, Inc. will be demonstrating their new Trimble Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution (TIMMS) 
Wednesday, August 2nd

Here is the announcement from David Wright, NEI, Inc.:
Free Demo Opportunity
Where: Huntsville Fire & Rescue Training Facility, 6001 Cecil Fain Drive, Huntsville, Alabama
When: Wednesday, August 2, 2017  9:00am-1:00pm (Lunch provided)
Who should attend: Manufacturing Facility Managers, Architecture Firms, Transportation Managers, Public Service & Safety Commissioners, Surveyors, MGIS Professionals
Why: Indoor mobile mapping has become increasingly important to manage interior assets, accurately map building floorplans, and create efficient emergency response measures.


LiDAR USA will be demonstrating their new UAV Systems
Wednesday, August 2nd!

Here is the announcement from Jeff Fagerman, LiDARUSA:
Due to a growing number of visitors to our office for demos we've decided (as of just a few days ago), to mark August 2Wednesday (next week) as an official demo day. We invite you to come visit our offices at 449 Barnett Chapel Road, Hartselle, AL 35640. We will drive and fly our systems and show you how it is all processed. This will include the Velodyne scanners, possibly the Quanergy M8, and maybe the Ladybug5. It will also include the PhaseOne camera system on the DJI UAV. Event will start around 9 a.m. We will have a PhaseOne official here and someone from Autodesk will be on hand. We'll also have GPS equipment that might be of interest.

At lunch we'll have a nice southern BBQ so please RSVP (email: so we have an accurate head count!

RSVP (email:

Upcoming events

What we're collaborating on!
  • Wednesday, August 2nd: LIDAR USA will host an equipment demo day at their offices located at 449 Barnett Chapel Road, Hartselle, AL 35640. RSVP email:
  • August 9-11 - National Alliance Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) National Geospatial Preparedness Summit (NGPS). 
  • August 22: GEOHuntsville 2017 Demonstration/Exercise in conjunction with AUVSI Pathfinder Symposium August 22-24
  • REGISTER NOW to attend all three days of the upcoming AUVSI Pathfinder Symposium August 22-24 at the Von Braun Center. Local, State, Federal (Military and Civilian), and Educational (including students) personnel will be allowed to participate at NO FEE but all must register to attend.
GEOHuntsville is embarking on an ambitious endeavor as the next steps of our continued integration of Internet of Things (IoT) sensor into our Blueprint for Safety Program to understand how sensors and UAS operations assists our ability to prepare, respond, and recover to local events.
Join us as we prepare for this exciting upcoming demonstration/exercise (DEMEX).

Upcoming events

GEOHuntsville is please to promote the 3rd Annual National Geospatial Preparedness Summit (NGPS) hosted by the National Alliance for Public Safety (NAPSG) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Geospatial Management Office (GMO) and U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). The conference is coming to Tuscaloosa, Alabama August 7-9, 2017. The conference is free to public-sector participants but space is limited.  Learn more here...