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The EchoBoard

The EchoBoard is a powerful and rugged mobile command station, whose applications are only limited by the user’s imagination. The more you use it, the more ways you’ll come to appreciate its versatility and support.

Odyssey Specialty Vehicles has released the EchoBoard, a fully-integrated multi-point touchscreen mobile desktop computer that replaces the traditional dry erase command board currently used by agencies everywhere. The EchoBoard is a powerful tool to support first responders responsible for saving lives and helping people. With the EchoBoard, incident commanders now have real time data, communications, file sharing and analytics at their fingertips for total command and control. 

Developed and manufactured by Odyssey Specialty vehicles as the premier interactive mobile command module, the EchoBoard is a widescreen fully-integrated, multi-point, touch-screen mobile command center that can simultaneously perform numerous tasks critical to tactical field operation management. Replacing than the standard dry-erase command board, the EchoBoard can not only display, edit, track, and file countless digital command sheets, but also:

  • Acquire real-time satellite maps of buildings, terrain, and other critical maps

  • Monitor and broadcast field-operative locations using hand-held GPS devices Instantly retrieve, send, and display files to and from operational headquarters

  • Retrieve real-time Doppler radar, weather reports and plume directional forecasting

  • Control communications with field operatives and headquarters

  • Mirror files to and from smartphones Host in-the-field video conferences

  • The Echoboard features threat-incident management via CoBRA First Responder Software and other communication platforms

    The CoBRA® Software solution can meet your needs for emergency response and information management. CoBRA® provides command and control, decision support, consequence management, and common operating picture capabilities needed during incident response. CoBRA® provides collaborative exchange of incident information among all emergency management partners, including Map View of Incident and Operational View of Incident. CoBRA® can enhance emergency management incident coordination, allowing users immediate access to important incident details and resource information that can be used and rapidly shared among key DoD and civilian, decision makers, both for everyday events and in times of large scale crisis.

    By deploying CoBRA® as your emergency management system, your agency will be interoperable with all local agencies that also employ a CoBRA® system, facilitating MIL-CIV collaboration. Tailoring CoBRA® to meet your specific agency needs in most cases will be simple and straightforward due to the flexible architecture and past history of integration with legacy systems.

    Proven Performance

    CoBRA® system has an extensive track record with field users at the federal, state, and local level and is deployed to First Responders in all fifty states. CoBRA® was deployed to over 120 military installation fire departments worldwide, with additional installations planned for the future. CoBRA® has been deployed to all Air National Guard (ANG) Emergency Management personnel nationwide.

    Web-based capability for emergency management incident coordination

    The CoBRA® web application can be accessed by a standard workstation, laptop, tablet or smartphone with internet connectivity, providing access to key decision making information, enabling interoperability with all existing emergency management partners without the need for special proprietary software to be pre-loaded on a user’s computer. CoBRA® unique web-based command and control tools are collaborative and field proven, providing real-time response coordination and consequence management among users in the field and the vital link to Command and Emergency Operations Center personnel.

    In addition to the common operating picture provided by the interactive map display, CoBRA’s web-enabled collaborative tools include alerts and warnings, tailored command boards to track team progress, individual personnel status tracking, document sharing, resource requests, chat, and real time weather data feeds. These tools collectively provide an operational view of current incidents (or archival data).

    Interoperability links and Customization

    CoBRA® uses an open set of interoperability standards. This approach is more flexible and robust than other, client and web based proprietary systems. CoBRA® includes a free Software Development Kit (SDK) and Application Programmer’s Interface (API), and has a proven track record of integration with third party software, including GOTS (Government-Off-The-Shelf) & COTS (Commercial-Off-The-Shelf).


    CoBRA® software received validation from the NATO Communications and Information Agency for installation on their networks, and will be added to their Approved Fielded Products List (AFPL). CoBRA® software was tested by the FEMA System Test and Evaluation Program (STEP) and was found to be compliant with the National Information Management System (NIMS) standards and with basic Incident Command System (ICS) principles. CoBRA® software is also Safety Act certified.

    Interactive mapping capability

    CoBRA® mapping capabilities include a complete suite of interactive GIS mapping tools for situational awareness, planning, and response coordination. The map display is completely integrated with CoBRA® collaborative messaging capabilities, automatic logging of actions involved with a large-scale incident, resource management, and other related functions, so that data generated by the various CoBRA® tools automatically populates the map display with actionable geospatial information. CoBRA® will be able to track and display the geographic position of response elements that are GPS-equipped, make and track resource requests, and populate and distribute the full range of ICS or NIMS forms and documents. CoBRA® includes a full suite of ICS forms, and supports the development of the Incident Action Plan, as well as custom reports. This includes the export of map information in formats compatible with GIS systems.

    Sensor data

    The CoBRA® data backbone is capable of digesting existing ESRI-formatted map data and related GIS information, and can similarly export modified incident geospatial data to an ESRI-based system. CoBRA® can accept .KML files, and can export data in either .KML or .KMZ format. It also can generate and accept data messages in the international Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) format, used by the National Weather Service, DHS, and First Responders for geographically-targeted alerts and warnings. CoBRA® currently is capable of importing directly the graphic layer plume export (in ESRI .SHP format) of HPAC and JEM (the DoD plume prediction models), and can directly import ALOHA plumes.

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