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    My programming language of choice, for pure simplicity is Visual Basic. Cant beat it in terms of simplicity which is great for me since i am a simple self taught programmer. Cant say i know much, but i do have the ability to pick up and learn so i can see how i go.

    I totally agree, i think systems that could be put in place that assist emergency personnel would be fantastic. I come across so many issues within my fire department that would easily be solved with some CarPuter systems, if you look at congested radio traffic, why not bring the standard radio messages (on scene, give incident a name, give incident info - false alarm, going etc) leaving a more simplistic approach. Have dual touchscreens, one for GPS / main, the other for a radio app that would let the radio operator touch the screen when they were responding, and it would send a data message to the dispatch, send more info on the screen to cut down on non urgent radio traffic. Just a few ideas.

    Then there was looking at applying a mesh network, between vehicles and fire stations and repeaters etc much like the army have, it would help reduce communication blackspots by re routing radio / data traffic through the mesh network.

    And my personal favorite, have a virtual radio system, so it forms a mesh network between trucks, and you have sort of like a confrence room style system. So say my truck is part of a strike team (team of 5 truckts + leader vehicle) called 1334, have a confrence room on the system for 1334, so comms goes across that, you can program in GPS tracks that get sent to all trucks in the same team, so everyone has same maps and directions, and finally, if there is a plan on how to attack, and associated maps, the leader could send them to the 1334 confrence, and all vehicles get it. If one vehicle gets it but the other doesent, next time the one who doesent have it could get near a vehicle that does, it would send the map to the one who didn't have it. kind of like Peer to peer VOIP, file sharing, etc.

    And whilst it would have a cost associated with it, when you look at costs of radios they buy, our brigade looked at getting a new radio, at a cost of $3000 per unit, a simple CarPuter is actually not far out of the realm of budget. In order to apease the department, you could apply lockdowns, so that only certian things could be changed. Could even interface into the truck vehicle systems so in a breakdown it sends the vehicle diagnostics to the district mechanical officers. Or like you guys mentioned, have plugins to control pumps etc, one carputer, a few touchscreens, one outside for pumps, another inside for gps, another inside for radio, maps etc

    All concepts, but the idea of a carputer is fantastic, and has such brilliant capacities.

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    I can program in VB due to its simplicity.

    I love the concept of a carputer, so many apps. In my mind i see uses for team departments, so say your a strike team of fire trucks, each with a carputer and gps. You could have a big mesh network, sync gps track and routing points from the lead vehicle, and all know exactally where you are going and how to get there. Also sync up maps, mission documents, etc in one go, so everyone has the same information available.

    A comms system to send data over a radio, instead of voice, so non urgent messages (all yes / no) etc could be sent and recieved over radio, preventing cross over, each message timestamped, so even if late it still enters the time it was sent.

    So many ideas, looking forward to having a play and seeing different bits and peices, in my mind i sort of see a serverless Peer to Peer system running, for file transfers, VOIP between trucks if needed, Chat, all that stuff. And with brilliant plugins, could even have interfaces with engines to give the fire dept mechanics truck information before they come out for repairs.

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    I guess it would be a DHT overlay for file sharing, and include the POI for the maps etc in one file, or somehow transfer those across as well. That way GPS is updated with the correct POI's and routing information.

    On a side note, how does CF, or RR function in terms of multiple touchscreens, are there issues with different input devices, in my head it would be great to have one touchscreen for comms, or pump control etc, and another 'main' one for Nav etc, but if both users were touching both screens, would it play up with the inputs?

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    It's one thing to have a car PC that helps you find the response location but a completely different thing to use RR or CF in mission critical applications such as pump control.

    I'd advise against that.
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    Your right, mission critical things would not be run on unstable platforms. But as a concept you can see it has lots of concepts.

    Further development and stabilisation of carpc systems, and a stable linux platform could allow such systems to be used in the future with significant testing. But as i was saying, you get the point, ideas of usages of such systems are quite diverse and could have a strong place within emergency services with significant testing

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    I know many have used twitter for integrating alerts from computer equipment to it. Maybe another way of monitoring. You would just need to develop some backend for geocoding and being able to provide a URL in the tweet..maybe integrated with googlemaps or google earth. Not to mention you could install a twitter app on your mobile phone that is signed into that account for mobile monitoring alerts as well.

    Just throwing stuff out there. There are desktop twitter apps that possible could be embedded in a plugin ...maybe. Again all this would require consistent internet access.
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    Thats not a bad idea, i will look into twitter. Id love to be able to pass location data across privately though, so that might be a little harder. I was thinking more internal network style. I am looking into an app that would take the emergency call info, and geocode it, put it on a map. and pass on lat / long to the clients (which would be the plugin) and then from there hopefully somehow pass it to the Nav system..

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    Quote Originally Posted by travisdh View Post
    Thats not a bad idea, i will look into twitter. Id love to be able to pass location data across privately though, so that might be a little harder. I was thinking more internal network style. I am looking into an app that would take the emergency call info, and geocode it, put it on a map. and pass on lat / long to the clients (which would be the plugin) and then from there hopefully somehow pass it to the Nav system..
    Twitter pages can be made private also. http://help.twitter.com/forums/10711/entries/14016
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    Since your strength is in VB coding which is cool you could develop something that could also integrate and parse data to an Internal Webserver (apache, which is free). On that that server you could have the data geocoded with PHP. Here is a nice simplified tutorial for Geocoding with PHP but I'm sure it can be even more complex as you need it to be.
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    , missed thaty lol. thanks . how to geocode that data on twitter, or just pass it all

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