PEAC-WMD and DHS’s
CEDAP Phase III
I suspect most of our
readers are too busy to monitor changes made to our News and Events page on the
AristaTek web site. So to bring our readers up to date, AristaTek’s PEAC‑WMD
product will again be offered as a selection in the next round on DHS’s CEDAP
(Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program) catalog. This next
opportunity is referred to as the CEDAP Phase III, and the PEAC package offered
is a slightly different configuration than the last offering in Phase II. This
time around the PEAC‑WMD software is bundled with both hardware for the
Windows version and for the Pocket PC version into a PEAC Incident Command
have not found a specific DHS discussion that describes the CEDAP Phase III
process, but I have found a description of the program that was released in
March 2005 by DHS. The CEDAP is not a grant program; rather the key features
of the program include delivering equipment and training to CEDAP recipients.
are a few acronyms I should review before going any further:
SLGCP - Office of State and Local Government Coordination and
Preparedness, which was the office in DHS that coordinated the distribution of
DHS funds, provided to the states and territories as grants to the local
municipalities. The SLGCP had a recent name change, it is now the Office of
Grants & Training, and as best I can tell, it still has the same mission.
SHSP –the State Homeland Security
Program was one of the FY05 grant programs coordinated by the SLGCP.
UASI – the Urban Areas Security
Initiative program was one of the FY05 grant programs coordinated by the SLGCP.
MIPT – the National Memorial
Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism located in Oklahoma City, OK.
RKB – the Responder Knowledge
Base is hosted by the MIPT, a web-based information tool for first responders.
SAA – the State Administrative
Agent is designated by the Governor of each state and is the only agency
eligible to apply for HSGP funds and is responsible for obligating Homeland
Security Grant Program funds to local units of government and other
STR – the State Technology
Representative is designated by the SAA to assist SLGCP in the CEDAP program.
equipment will be provided mainly to small agencies, departments and
jurisdictions. These jurisdictions will have to show they have not been able to
purchase this equipment through other sources such as the SLGCP’s (now the
Office of Grants and Training) SHSP or UASI program. Receipt of equipment
under the FY 2005 CEDAP was contingent upon the submission and approval of the
on-line CEDAP application through the Responder Knowledge Base (RKB).
Applicants submitted their equipment requests using the RKB at www.rkb.mipt.org
CEDAP is a competitive process and applications will be reviewed in the order
in which they are received. Applications will be scored, ranked and rated by
subject matter experts. Jurisdictions may request only one device in their
application. The CEDAP program begins with an application review period.
Although applications cannot be submitted during this 15-day timeframe,
applicants are encouraged to review the application, ask questions, and
research application questions. Applications will be accepted the day
following the closure of the review period and the application window will be
open to submit applications for 30 days. Eligible jurisdictions are strongly
encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Since applications
will be accepted in the order they are received, it is in the best interest of
the applicant to submit their applications promptly.
CEDAP eliminates the traditional red tape and paperwork involved when
processing applications through normal DHS funding channels. This doesn’t mean
however that the SAA (State
Administrative Agency) is excluded from
the CEDAP process. In fact, SAA’s will be asked to review each request
submitted from their state. The SAA will receive automatic email notifications
of their state’s CEDAP applications. Notifications will be sent to the SAA’s
before the applications are rated or ranked by SLGCP. SAA’s who object to an
applicant’s request because it is not consistent with the state strategy will
have seven (7) days to notify SLGCP of these concerns. To reduce e-mail
traffic and help to make this process as manageable as possible notifications
will be batched to the extent practicable and forwarded to the SAA and State
Technology Representative for their review.
STR will act as the Systems Support Division’s (SSD) single point of contact to
answer your state’s equipment questions and act as a sounding board for SSD
regarding CEDAP and other state-based equipment initiatives with SSD. The STR
will be an important resource in the CEDAP process to help validate equipment
requests and obtain feedback on the equipment delivery process.
From a presentation made by
Dr. Brian K. Houghton, with
MIPT’s Responder Knowledge Base on Feb. 23, 2006, it appears the Phase III
funding will be at $30 million vs. the $24 million funding for Phase II.
One question that apparently
has been raised is if a jurisdiction received a CEDAP award does that affect their Assistance to
Firefighters Grant (AFG) eligibility? The answer given was, No. A CEDAP award
would not impact a jurisdiction's qualifications for any other DHS grants.
CEDAP is essentially a first responder program, centered principally on
terrorism preparedness. The terrorism preparedness G&T programs are
generally funded based on 1) formula; or 2) risk & need -- neither of which
should be impacted by a CEDAP award.
The PEAC Incident Command Kit
During the last five years,
AristaTek has seen an increase in the number of units purchased by individual
response organizations. The increase has been exhibited both in the number of
units acquired in initial purchases and in agencies coming back to acquire
additional units to support their response capabilities. The PEAC Incident
provides a turn-key solution by supporting the command post
operation while concurrently supporting a survey team, an operations team, and
a safety officer during an incident response. The Command Kit combines the
software with hardware in the following configuration: one (1) copy of the PEAC
WMD for Windows on a ruggedized laptop (included) combined with three (3)
copies of the PEAC WMD for the Pocket PC, each loaded on a ruggedized PDA
(included). Included is on-site training for 20 persons and technical support
and upgrades for 3 years.
Most of our readers are
familiar with the software and its capabilities but many may not be familiar
with the platforms available. AristaTek has offered the RECON, a ruggedized
Pocket PC from Tripod Data Systems (TDS) - Corvallis OR, for the last 2-3
years. The hardware provides a very rugged platform with the same capabilities
found on the typical business platform such as the Hewlett-Packard iPAQs or the
Dell Axims. The primary differences are the ability to:
Operate over a wider temperature
Take the harsher environmental
conditions like water and dust.
Take the anticipated drops that
most instruments experience when used in an outdoor setting.
The RECON currently comes in
two flavors, a 200 MHz and a 400 MHz processor models. AristaTek has tested
both versions and found little difference in the performance of the PEAC-WMD
application on the two processors. TDS has just announced the release of a new
version of the RECON, which is called the RECON-X Series. This version has
some basic new features which center around the change to the Windows Mobile 5
operating system. With the change to Mobile 5, the individual units will now
have more flash memory, e.g., the RECON 200X will increase to 128 MB of flash
and the RECON 400X will have 256 MB of flash.
What is very important
for all our readers is to understand the impact of moving to the Windows Mobile
5 operating system. Past users of Pocket PCs are familiar with the problem of
volatile memory (also called non-persistent memory) and what happens to the 3rd
party software (like PEAC-WMD) if the battery drains off over time. Everything
in volatile memory is lost and must be restored before using the application.
AristaTek had some work-arounds or solutions that minimized that problem but it
still was a nuisance and tended to bite folks in the butt when they least
needed it. With Windows Mobile 5, all 3rd
party applications are
automatically loaded into the flash memory, i.e., non-volatile memory.
Therefore, if battery power is depleted the 3rd
in flash aren’t lost and when power is restored things are Good to Go! This
feature of Windows Mobile 5 is for all Pocket PCs, not just the TDS RECON-X
The other features added to
the new RECON-X Series is the availability of wireless options, both Bluetooth
and 802.11g, that can be ordered as an integrated options. Besides our
personal color choice of the high visibility yellow, there are optional choices
of grey and military green.
Before listing the
specifications of the RECON-X Series platforms, I’d like to briefly discuss the
IP rating of 67 for the RECON-X Pocket PC. The IP (Ingress Protection) rating
is a system used to rate the environmental influence on equipment and
enclosures. It is typically a two-digit system with the first digit
quantifying the protection against solid objects (dirt/dust) and the second
digit quantifying the protection against liquids (water). The table (Table 1)
below provides a summary of the different ratings a product might have and what
Table 1 – Definition of IP Ratings
1st number protection against
2nd number protection against
against solids objects over 50mm (e.g. accidental touch by hands
against vertically falling drops of water
against solids objects over 12mm (e.g. fingers)
against direct sprays up to 15° from the vertical
against solids objects over 2.5mm (e.g. tools and wires)
against direct sprays up to 60° from the vertical
against solids objects over 1mm (e.g. tools, wires and small wires
against sprays from all directions - limited ingress permitted
against dust - limited ingress (no harmful deposit)
against low pressure jets if water from all directions - limited ingress
protected against dust
against strong jets of water e.g. for use on shipdecks - limited ingress
against the effects of temporary immersion between 15cm and 1m. Duration of
test 30 minutes
against long periods of immersion under pressure
Table 2 provides a listing
of the RECON-X Series specifications.
Table 2 – RECON-X Series Specifications
Tripod Data Systems RECON-X Series
Two Options: RECON 400X or RECON 200X
RECON 400X: 64
MB RAM with 256 MB Flash memory, Intel PXA255 Processor @ 400 MHz with two Compact Flash
RECON 200X: 64
MB RAM with 128 MB Flash memory, Intel PXA255 Processor @ 200 MHz with two Compact Flash
Screen: Sunlight-readable color TFT display; ¼ VGA - 240 x 320 pixel color TFT with LED front
Size: (LxWxH) 6.50"
x 3.75" x 1.75"
Weight: 17 ounces (490 g)
including rechargeable PowerBoot
Connectivity: Standard 9-pin male D-shell RS-232 serial and USB ports (no
cradle) for synchronization with your PC of e-mail, files, internet channels,
contacts, calendar, and notes.
Optional: Bluetooth and 802.11g wireless
Power: 3800 mAh NiMH rechargeable pack (standard)
AA PowerBoot Module
Warranty: TDS Handheld Computer products are
warranted for a period of 12 months from date of shipment.
Operating temperature: -22 to 140°F (-30 to 60°C)
Ruggedized: MIL-STD-810F, Method
516.5, Procedure IV
26 drops from 4 ft
(1.22 m) onto plywood over concrete
6 additional drops at
6 additional drops at
& Dust: IP67, MIL-STD-810F, Method 510.4, Procedures I and II
Humidity: MIL-STD-810F, Method 507.4
Water: IP67, sealed against
accidental immersion (1m for 30 minutes), MIL-STD-810F, Method 512.4,
Vibration: MIL-STD-810F, Method
514.5, Procedure I, Figures 17 and 18
Altitude: MIL-STD-810F, Method
500.4, Procedures I, II and III 15,000 ft at 73°F (23°C)
TDS RECON-X Series Pocket PC
Available with either Yellow (shown) or Gray or Military
Green impact plastic case
Ruggedized - Dust & Waterproof
In addition to the three
ruggedized PDAs with software, the PEAC Incident Command Kit
includes a ruggedized laptop with the PEAC-WMD for Windows software. The ruggedized
laptop provides the Command Post with a platform running the PEAC system and
which can accommodate other software applications the jurisdiction may decide
to install and that meet their requirements. There are obviously different
configurations available for the GoBook III, but a basic package was specified
to meet the basic needs for most agencies. The decision was to provide a basic
platform to meet most users’ needs rather than include special options that may
or may not be suitable for all recipients. The CEDAP platform was upgraded to
an 80 GB hard drive from the standard 40 GB hard drive and a 12-VDC power
adapter was added to allow charging off a standard vehicle cigarette lighter.
The specifications for the GoBook III are provided in Table 3.
Table 3 – Itronix GoBook III Description
Itronix GoBook III laptop
Itronix GoBook III
laptop (ruggedized Die Cast Magnesium) – Meets MIL STD 810F; IP 54 Rating; Optional Intrinsically Safe
and non-incendive systems rating: Class 1, Division 2, Group A, B, C and D
Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Pentium®
M-Processor 745 w/512 MB RAM
Display: 12.1” TFT XGA Enhanced Outdoor
Transmissive ColorVue™, ATI Mobility Radeon Graphics Engine with 64 MB dedicated
1000 x 1000 Resolution
Backlit Display: Hi
Bright Transmissive display
Hard Disk Drive: Shock Mounted 2.5” 80 GB
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP – Service
I/O Ports: RJ-11, USB, PS/2 for
keyboard/mouse, 9-pin serial, 68‑pin multi-I/O docking, audio, RJ-45
for 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN, Mini 1394a Firewire® 400 connector
Power supply: 6600 mAH LI-ion (main), 12 VDC
vehicle adapter (included), AC adapter (included)
Modem: 56 kbps V.92
Warranty: 3 yr Limited Lifetime
Operating Temperature: -23 to 60°C (-10 to 140°F)
with optional hard drive heater
Weight: 8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)
Size: 12” (L) x 2.36” (D) x
Itronix GoBook III Ruggedized
The bottom line is that for
those agencies that qualify under DHS’s CEDAP Phase III application process and
are seeking to improve their ability to respond to a CBRNE and HAZMAT
incidents, this may be an ideal opportunity to support that mission.
understanding is the application process is scheduled to open in mid-August
2006. If the same schedule as FY05 is used, the applications can be submitted
for about 30 days, after which the evaluation process commences. Check the RKB
web site (www.rkb.mipt.org
) for the most recent updates on the program and to
access the application process.