Cloud computing will transform the future of disaster response and help save lives.

The Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) will provide a special, real-time demonstration, created on behalf of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Sept. 12, on how an interoperable community cloud can greatly improve emergency response time and management, and provide significant cost savings compared to deployment of a traditional IT infrastructure.

NJVC is leveraging the Cloudcuity Brokerage and Management Portal to provide the cloud infrastructure and integrate the applications supplied by the other NCOIC member-companies into the disaster management operating environment. For this demonstration, the Cloudcuity Brokerage and Management Portal solution complements the Google Maps Engine development.

A geospatial community cloud (GCC) will be deployed and populated with applications for a multinational group of responders who share the same emergency-relief mission. The demonstration will simulate a real disaster—the 2010 earthquake in Haiti—and project members will participate as “actors” to show the impact of the cloud on this crisis.As each responder organization is able to easily and rapidly plug into the cloud to retrieve and share data, individual applications become more powerful and mission work becomes more effective. The GCC was built to ensure the security of critical geospatial data, offering protection for classified and sensitive information, and enabling responders to collaborate across national and corporate boundaries and disparate IT systems.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - noon Eastern

WHERE: Gannett/USA TODAY Corporate Headquarters -- Auditorium, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Va. 22107

WHO: NCOIC is leading the NGA project team. participants are NJVC, The Aerospace Corp., Boeing, Raytheon, Telos Corp. and Winthrop Management Services.

Scheduled speakers include Tip Slater, NCOIC director of business development; Eric Vollmecke, NCOIC project director and major general, U.S. Air National Guard (who, while on active duty, commanded two airlift wings during the 2010 Haitian crisis); and Kevin L. Jackson, NJVC VP/GM, cloud services. (Also Bob Henley of Private Digital Network Solutions, will discuss a national, private cloud used to securely host applications to support first responders and Colleen Dealey of Cloud Bound, LLC will demonstrate the ICS Bridge application and its disaster-management capabilities.)

WEBCAST: A live webcast of the demonstration will be made available on the Internet to accredited media who register by Sept. 9 to NCOIC Media Relations.