The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) new Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) virtual training platform has been selected as a Finalist in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program.
The Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) is a multiplayer, scalable, online training environment for first responders—single agencies or across agency, jurisdiction, or discipline—for a coordinated response to critical incidents.
Built on the Unreal gaming engine, which powers such popular interactive video games as Mortal Kombat, BioShock, and Batman: Arkham City, EDGE allows responders to collaboratively role-play complex scenarios in a virtual environment, improving coordination and communication while mitigating injuries and loss of lives.
S&T’s First Responders Group (FRG) developed the technology with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Simulation and Training Technology Center and Cole Engineering Services, Inc.
The EDGE platform allows responders of all disciplines to assume discipline-based avatars and simultaneously role-play complex response scenarios.
The first scenario, an active shooter incident at a local hotel, brings law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, dispatch, and unified command together.
This EDGE scenario is now available for free to all U.S. first responder agencies.
EDGE is a game-based software training application that emphasizes flexibility and ease-of-use.
EDGE’s First Responder Sandbox (FRS) is designed to allow responders to train for coordinated response to various types of emergency events (e.g., active shooter, hostage, fire, mayhem) both in a virtual environment via the Internet or locally in a classroom environment.
Available training roles in FRS v1.2.1 include: law enforcement, firefighter, EMS, dispatcher, unified command, civilians, and suspect.
Instructors and role players may enhance training by participating as armed suspects or unarmed civilians.
EDGE is a training environment that is intended to be a group tool where multiple trainees can assume any of the roles above to execute the desired training.
It is not intended to be a single-trainee environment.
(The Virtual Training Revisited video describes advances in the free computer-based training tool, including a virtual school environment for multi-agency training for active shooter incidents. Courtesy of DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube)
EDGE is not a training course in the traditional sense, but rather it is a tool instructors use to train their first responder teams in a safe environment, where scenarios can be changed or re-run as many times as necessary to provide a wide range of training possibilities.
EDGE also has an after-action review capability where training sessions can be replayed with full pause, rewind, and fast-forward controls to highlight key training points.
Agency budgets often limit the amount of live training that first responders can conduct or participate in.
The EDGE platform, while not intended to replace live training, provides the perfect way to augment and reinforce live training without the cost of a full-up live exercise.
EDGE is available free of charge to all first responder organizations, including:
- Federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government law enforcement organizations
- Federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government or volunteer fire fighting organizations
- Federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government or validated for profit emergency medical services organizations
- Federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government emergency management organizations
First responder agencies: visit www.cesiedgetraining.com to receive more information about obtaining copies of the EDGE software and setting up a user account.
You can also call 877-EDGE-011 (877-334-3011, select “3”) to reach the EDGE help desk.
- Processor: Intel I5 2XXX (2nd generation)
- Memory: 8GB Memory
- Video Card: NVidia GEFORCE GTX 460 1024MB
- Hard Drive: 4 GB available Hard Drive Space
- Operating System: Windows 7 Home or Professional
- Additional Software Required and included:
- .NET Framework Redistributable 4.6
- Stereo headphones with microphone (for 3D sound)
- Processor: Intel® Core™i7-3930K 3.20GHz
- Memory: 16.0 GB
- Video Card: GeForce GTX 680 or greater
- Snapshot: The Cutting EDGE: New Virtual Training Prepares First Responders for Active Shooter Incidents
- Fact Sheet: EDGE Virtual Training: Simulation Tool for First Responders
- Video: EDGE Facebook Live Tech Talk
- Video: EDGE Virtual Training Revisited
- EDGE Photo Gallery
DHS Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) in 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’
As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, DHS S&T’s EDGE virtual training platform is competing against the industry’s leading providers of Innovative Government Training Programs.
American Security Today will be holding the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m, Wednesday, November 15th at ISC East, the Northeast’s largest security industry event, in the Jacob Javits Exhibition Center in New York City.
At ISC East you will have the chance to meet with technical reps from over 225 leading brands in the security industry, allowing you to find out about new products and stay ahead of the competition.
Encompassing everything from Video Surveillance and Access Control to Smart Home Technologies and Unmanned Security, you’re sure to find products and services that will benefit your company and clients.