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Swan Island Networks role in Portland drills

press release is from 1 year ago, but seems to shed some light on their role in the upcoming operations.
 http://www.rainsnet.org/press/pr/pr0818066778.asp

Portland Seeks Designation as First 'Synthetic City'

Technology in the war on terror now key to homeland security

Portland, OR - August 18, 2006 -

On Friday, August 18, a group of federal, state and local officials, academics, and private sector leaders will convene on the campus of Portland State University to talk about a potential transfer of power. Under discussion is the notion that technology used to fight the war on terror abroad could soon be applied to homeland security needs... and that Portland, Oregon could be an early test-bed for such transfers.

According to the Regional Alliances for Infrastructure and Network Security (RAINS), a central player in the development of homeland defense technology solutions, the primary military technology under consideration for transfer is "synthetic city" software—a digital information platform that fuses data from a variety of real-world sources, such as 9-1-1 centers, atmospheric sensors, smart buildings, health networks, and intelligent transportation systems—then organizes and displays it all in a 3-D geographical modeling and simulation environment.

"Our military friends are going to be demonstrating some very cutting edge technology—sort of the ultimate Sim City," explained RAINS' chairman Charles Jennings, "They'll be displaying virtual version of the real Portland, with real-time data inside." Jennings is the CEO of Portland-based Swan Island Networks.

The "Synthetic Portland" conference brings together participants from around the country, representing all levels of government, large federal contractors and system integrators; information technology vendor companies; universities; hospitals; and various types of non-governmental service organizations.

Also participating will be representatives from the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration; United States Joint Forces Command (JFCOM); the Information Assurance Directorate of the National Security Agency; and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

"We are excited to have such an innovative technology conference in Portland—especially since its ultimate purpose is to increase public safety," said Matt Lampe, the City of Portland's Chief Technology Officer. This new technology, like the Internet, was developed by the military and now, the military is actively exploring its use and potential in civil environments to improve emergency response, transportation systems and sustainability practices.

The central purpose of new synthetic city technology is to generate predictive models that can be used by the real city to prepare for and manage emergencies, increase public safety, and generally improve urban quality of life.

According to Jennings, "Although it could have been held anywhere, having this conference in Portland makes perfect sense. To connect previously stove-piped information systems in new ways, you need a city with a culture of both innovation and collaboration—two of Portland's best qualities."

"This is a unique opportunity to look at new, advanced technology and how that technology could help in the event of disasters or security problems. Portland State University does leading edge research in computer security, and we're interested in how that research can be used for application in areas that will be discussed at this symposium. That makes our campus the perfect venue for this event," said Mike Burton, Vice Provost of Portland State University and RAINS board member.

Sponsors of the event, in addition to RAINS and PSU, include Oregon Economic & Community Development Department; Portland Development Commission; Siemens; Online Business Systems; the Zeno Group; and Swan Island Networks.

About RAINS
RAINS (Regional Alliances for Infrastructure and Network Security) is a public/private partnership formed in 2001. RAINS has forged alliances with technology companies, multiple research universities, critical infrastructure providers, local, state and federal agencies, and first responders. Its Connect & Protect information sharing service was launched in 2003, and has successfully delivered hundreds of thousands of alerts. Connect & Protect was described as a "radical breakthrough" by WIRED Magazine (December 2005). Connect & Protect was also a finalist for the inaugural Mitretek Innovations Award in Homeland Security, a partnership of Mitretek Systems and the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

For RAINS information:
Tel: 503-796-5804
 info@rainsnet.org

update 16.Aug.2007 15:07

Mr_DNA

According to Sherry Lamoreaux, Marketing Communications Manager of Swan Island Networks:

1. Swan Island wanted to be a part of the Noble Resolve exercise but is not now participating and has no information regarding it.

2. RAINS is no longer an active organization. In her words, it has been "dormant" since around June of this year.

3. Swan Island Networks CEO and RAINS founder, Charles Jennings, will be on vacation beginning at the end of this week or next week.

Swan Island on the Map! 16.Aug.2007 17:49

ground zero

The geographic Swan Island is almost ground zero on the nuclear blast plume map of Portland. The map is on page 9 of the Harvard study: The Day After Project. Google it) Swan Island Networks also placed emergency management software in S. Louisiana a year before Katrina.  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/08/363223.shtml

Swan Island on the Map! 16.Aug.2007 17:50

ground zero

The geographic Swan Island is almost ground zero on the nuclear blast plume map of Portland. The map is on page 9 of the Harvard study: The Day After Project. Google it) Swan Island Networks also placed emergency management software in S. Louisiana a year before Katrina.  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/08/363223.shtml
Nuke Plume Map of Portland
Nuke Plume Map of Portland

Sherry Lamoreaux is lying 16.Aug.2007 19:03

hunch

Everything Sherry Lamoreaux of Swan Island is saying sounds like a lie they were told to tell you to cover every possible base to keep you from talking to someone during the terror drill.

discussion

Oh thanks 16.Aug.2007 16:24

me

3. Swan Island Networks CEO and RAINS founder, Charles Jennings, will be on vacation beginning at the end of this week or next week.

OK-who else is planning on leaving Portland by next week? (High profile and can afford it-just as a precaution) Thom Hartmann?

Excellent research on RAINS 16.Aug.2007 17:42

NXNGRG

This post caught my Eye, I follow drills as a PMC/Terror Drill researcher:
 http://pmcterrordrillresearch.blogspot.com/

On 9/11, they used Future Combat Systems (FCS), to create a virual Manhattan and insert the "drilled" imagery into the "live" TV news. This situation in Portland seems ominous. Why not kill off the most politically aware
and resistant group in the US 1st?

greg nixon

Nuke map came from Harvard 16.Aug.2007 19:23

JFK

The nuke map of Portland was found in a Harvard study. The map originated from Lawrence Livermore Lab. RAINS is connected to Harvard at the end of this sentence: Connect & Protect was also a finalist for the inaugural Mitretek Innovations Award in Homeland Security, a partnership of Mitretek Systems and the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Recycling?