The tech behind the NSW SES: photos

The tech behind the NSW SES: photos

Summary: The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is powered not only by dedicated volunteers, but also by a huge array of IT gadgetry. ZDNet Australia went behind the scenes with the SES to see how it uses IT to race against the clock to save lives.


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  • (Credit: Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia)

    At the core of the SES' response-management operations lies a central operations and command centre in Wollongong, NSW. The centre plays host to the senior management of the SES, including the state commissioner, a call centre that works as the first point of contact during a crisis, a TV broadcast booth and an operations centre that provides critical intelligence in times of need.

  • (Credit: Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia)

    A dozen projectors throw all of the critical information that the SES needs onto the walls of the operations centre. The centre is broken into department desks, including Mapping, Intelligence, Air Operations and Logistics Management.

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  • is this a security company..?
  • "is this a security company..? james143 April 20th, 2012"
    James the SES or State Emergency Service - are a volunteer based emergency rescue service. They are primarily activated to support the other emergency services for weather related emergencies such as floods. Each Australia State has an SES type organisation. They also assist with Search and Rescue operations. Well worth Googling SES NSW for example to learn more.