Collaborative Response Graphics® are Quickly Becoming “America’s Common Operating Picture™”

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CRGs began as New Jersey's common operating picture. They are quickly becoming America's common operating picture.

In November of 2019, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the New Jersey State Police announced the use of Collaborative Response Graphics® (CRGs®) as the central component of a new Statewide Mapping Initiative designed to secure New Jersey’s critical infrastructure. That action has firmly established CRGs as New Jersey’s common operating picture.

What started in New Jersey as a must-have communication and collaboration tool is now being championed across the United States resulting in CRGs quickly becoming “America’s Common Operating Picture™”.

Because there are an array of emergency notification platforms deployed throughout the public safety market, CRGs are designed to integrate with preexisting, collateral and ancillary systems as a geo-rectified mapping layer.

Based in Ewing, New Jersey, the Critical Response Group’s innovative CRGs are solving the long-standing and well acknowledged challenges of first responders being unfamiliar with incident locations and unable to effectively communicate and coordinate responses between multiple agencies.

CRGs are designed to be sophisticated, yet simple to use maps that allow first responders to coordinate their actions, easily communicate and save critical time as they respond to emergencies both outside and inside any location.

“We studied how the U.S. Military Special Operations community leveraged common operating pictures to plan and coordinate their missions overseas. Seizing on those lessons, we created CRGs to domesticate and standardized the development and use of common operating pictures to plan for and coordinate the actions of our first responder community here at home,” said Phil Coyne, President of the Critical Response Group.

When an emergency occurs at a facility, many emergency personnel will respond, most of whom will have little to no familiarity with the layout of that facility. CRGs provide a pre-existing and standardized common operating picture of that location that can be easily understood and operationalized.

“With CRGs, you can assemble a team of officers and other first responders from anywhere, who have never worked together, take them to a school or piece of critical infrastructure that none of them has ever walked in, and they’ll be able to immediately orient themselves to the scene, communicate critical location-based information, and work together to save lives,” said Coyne.

CRGs are quickly being adopted across the country as the standardized common operating picture to plan for and coordinate the response to critical incidents.

CRGs enhance response time and improve command and control during an incident. They have been validated by thousands of real-world incidents under the most stressful conditions and are deployed across the United States and internationally to protect schools, businesses, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure. CRGs are also being used during special event planning and have been recognized as a protective measure best practice.

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