Chuck Mosher, director for public sector enterprise domain architects at Red Hat, has said that open-source development can help government agencies quicken emergency response and simplify coordination.
Mosher wrote in an opinion piece published Monday that efforts spearheaded by the open-source community such as the Emergency Response Demo address urgent needs while leveraging emerging capabilities like cloud, agile integration and business process automation.
The web-based interface was meant to serve as a virtual base of operations that enables real-time alerts and visibility into missions, incidents and actions taken. In addition, the application quantifies data on individuals and locations while identifying â€œpriority zonesâ€ in need of immediate response.
According to Mosher, the effort proves that the open-source community has significantly impacted emergency response and that collaboration between the community and government can help improve public safety.
â€œThe work put into this application reflects the open source mindset, which calls on different groups of people working collaboratively to achieve a common goal,â€ he said.Â
â€œIndeed, rapid and iterative development is the essence of open source. The community is driven by the desire for continuous improvement so that the outcomes are always better,â€ he added.