1. Visual Warnings
The BART RAMP system has a number of visual warnings to make operators aware of situations that need attention.
These warnings are dependent on a number of factors, like time spent on shift or alerts created through the advanced status buttons.
2. Resource Sharing
Map polygons, annotations, metadata and other multimedia attachments that are assigned to an incident through RAMP can be accessed by regular BART users any time they view that incident.
3. Real-time Communication
Messages can be exchanged directly from the fire-ground to the RAMP operator and vice versa. If there is a change in conditions for example, the RAMP operator is able to issue a warning for all members to see and act on. Alternatively, if an appliance activates the duress button everyone is instantly notified that there is a current emergency.
Communication can be sent straight to any appliance within the system. Once a warning has been acknowledged, the RAMP operator is notified that the crew is now aware of the current situation.
4. Planning and Training
The RAMP system has a secondary environment for future projections and planning for oncoming shifts. The ‘Planning’ interface provides operators with a complete view of all active appliances, where all resources are available for tasking. Once ready, all ‘Planning’ operations can be activated from the planning environment to the real-time environment.
The ‘Planning’ interface can be used for virtual training sessions, where discussions can be had and changes can be made without any impact on the real-time environment.
RAMP allows for the automatic generation of important data for reporting and auditing purposes. During an incident all movement and event information is recorded against each user, allowing for easy future access.
After an incident has occurred, key data is extracted from the system to determine things like who has attended, when they were tasked, what events took place and where they were located. Reports are automatically generated and emailed through to BART administrators.