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DHS Starts Emergency Response Tool Transition to Commercial Market

US department of homeland securityThe Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security is in the process of transitioning the Next-Generation Incident Command System technology to California-based nonprofit Worldwide Incident Command Services.

DHS said Thursday WICS will offer the NICS emergency response tool to first responders and emergency planners as a low-cost service following the completion of the transition in late spring.

The technology transfer to the commercial market includes hosting, enhancement and support services from WICS, it added.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory developed the web-based, mobile NICS to bolster communications, situational awareness, operational efficiency and safety among emergency response agencies, DHS said.

NICS is already in use at 570 domestic and international organizations, with an estimated 3,300 registered users.

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