A new international non-profit organization has been formed to help local fire departments gather, organize and translate big data to improve how they evaluate risks, deploy resources and respond to fires and other emergencies.
the International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI), the new parent organization of FireCARES and the National Fire Operations Reporting System (NFORS), will serve as the leading research, development and training organization focused on using data science to provide analytical tools and information to the public safety sector.
FireCARES uses big data systems to analyze how fire department resources are deployed to match community risks, while NFORS provides unique capabilities and insights for public safety organizations delivered thorugh web-based applications and using local and national data to reduce fire fighter and civilian injuries and death and property tax.
IPSDI was created with several research partners , including the IAFF, International Association of Fire Chiefs, UL the Nataionl Institute of Standards and Technology, the Urban Institute and University of Texas at Austin.These partners also serve as the new groups research advisory council.
IPSDI will also work with the law enforcement to provide technologically advanced data capture and real-time analytics, expanding on its existing expertise to serve a broader share of the public safety community.