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DNR Mobile Wireless Project                              Summary:                              Expand access to DNR data a...
DNR Mobile Wireless Project                                                                 Resource Protection:          ...
DNR Mobile Wireless Project                   Uplands:                                              For Forest Resources, ...
DNR Mobile Wireless Project                              Aquatics:                              Wireless network data and ...
DNR Mobile Wireless Project                              The technology:                              In 2013 wireless cel...
DNR Mobile Wireless Project                              A “mobile” mobile alternative:                              For t...
DNR Mobile Wireless Project                              Mobile technology uses in the field…            And,             ...
DNR Mobile Wireless Project                              What’s next?                              • Prototype some mobile...
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Mobile wireless project at Wa. Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR). Expanding access to data, particularly GIS, beyond the area of common cellular wireless to include P25 radio. DNR staff will be able to access data on their mobile devices even beyond cellular because the DNR vehicle becomes a mobile hot spot.

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  1. 1. DNR Mobile Wireless Project Summary: Expand access to DNR data and network to the vehicle and to the field. This will provide field staff with near- or real-time access to core agency data such as ArcGIS, P&T, TSDC, maps, data, e-mail, The Forestry Handbook, SharePoint and more. Technical description: A router installed in DNR vehicles will connect to either a cellular wireless carrier or the DNR radio system (whichever signal is stronger or convenient) to send and receive data. Field staff can access data from within the vehicle or outside of the vehicle. Access would be provided to smartphones, tablet computers, or laptop computers. D. CHASE, ITD, DVW3.PPTX 1
  2. 2. DNR Mobile Wireless Project Resource Protection: Access to wildland fire data can be particularly useful for obtaining up-to- date fire maps, weather forecasts, red flag warnings, resource allocation, sharing real- (or near-) time data information from various locations (i.e., safety zones, drop points, helispots, water fill sites, EMT locations and more). As well as coordination with other state, local and federal agencies. The DNR vehicle could act as a “mobile hot spot” to distribute daily Incident Action Plans (IAP), fire weather, and fire behavior forecasts. Perhaps even host a “Go To Meeting” of the morning briefing from the ICP for crews away from fire camp. If data cannot be accessed at the remote location, a quick stop at fire camp could be used to update data. D. CHASE, ITD, DVW3.PPTX 2
  3. 3. DNR Mobile Wireless Project Uplands: For Forest Resources, Forest Practices, Timber Sales and Engineering having mobile data and network access to scan and send or receive data to/from the field can save time and money and be more effective. Informal Conference Notes (ICN’s), plot cards, compliance reports, traverse notes and speed memos are but a few of the examples of paperwork currently required to be processed in the office which could be done while mobile in the field. Field staff can input and receive data from devices up to 300’ from the vehicle. This enables projects to flow more quickly when staff and managers have information and decisions in-hand. Remote locations where cellular wireless is unavailable, limited data can be accessed via DNR’s radio system. All while being able to be connected to the DNR network. D. CHASE, ITD, DVW3.PPTX 3
  4. 4. DNR Mobile Wireless Project Aquatics: Wireless network data and network access is not only restricted to the uplands, DNR’s aquatic program can greatly benefit from having access to data, GIS, and applications in the field. Additionally, marine data recorders such as depth sounders, chart plotters, GPS, and more can be integrated with online access to data and network. Again the vessel can serve as a “mobile hot spot” to provide data and network access to staff on the boat or on the beach. Another benefit can be real-time fleet tracking of vessels and vehicles. D. CHASE, ITD, DVW3.PPTX 4
  5. 5. DNR Mobile Wireless Project The technology: In 2013 wireless cellular covers approximately 80% of the state. Wireless cell providers continue to expand coverage. DNR’s radio system can provide limited coverage where cellular wireless cannot. Albeit at lower speeds. The goal is not to provide high- speed access to data, but provide access to data in field environments where it is needed using mobile technology – smartphones, tablets, and PCs. The key technology is a mobile router that can combine multiple sources – WiFi, cellular, DNR Radio into a mobile “hot spot” to provide access to data. D. CHASE, ITD, DVW3.PPTX 5
  6. 6. DNR Mobile Wireless Project A “mobile” mobile alternative: For those situations or instances where a truly mobile or independent need arises, wireless mobility can be achieved by the creation of “field pack.” The field pack would contain the mobile router, rechargeable battery, cables to connect to a vehicle battery, and an antenna which can be easily deployed or temporarily mounted to a vehicle. Even a ‘back-pack’ version could be created. The mobile wireless field pack would provide the same data/network connectivity – connection to cellular and DNR radio to your mobile device(s). The mobile wireless field pack would enable wireless access to DNR staff that do not have a regularly assigned vehicle. Perhaps well beyond the end of the road where only DNR radio exists. An added benefit would be real-time tracking of staff when remote or in dangerous situations. D. CHASE, ITD, DVW3.PPTX 6
  7. 7. DNR Mobile Wireless Project Mobile technology uses in the field… And, D. CHASE, ITD, DVW3.PPTX 7
  8. 8. DNR Mobile Wireless Project What’s next? • Prototype some mobile routers in DNR field vehicles – partner with a division or region • Partner with DNR Divisions to develop some mobile applications for smartphones and tablet computers • Develop GIS applications for smartphones and tablet computers • Continue to work with the DNR Radio Program to develop P25 Radio protocol for transmitting data over DNR’s radio network • Work with Engineering on mobile router installation in a vehicle • Assemble a mobile field pack for testing and use. D. CHASE, ITD, DVW3.PPTX 8

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