The Oslo Bombing Stresses the Importance of Data Tracking

The recent explosion in Norway in front of the Oslo government buildings is a prime example of two things: the vulnerability of our critical infrastructure to the quick planting and detonating of explosives and the importance of accurate data tracking.

Immediately following the explosion there was mininformation circling the incident. First there were reports of gunmen, no gunmen, three gunmen, a building takeover, or combination of these items. The importance that I stress here is the need for critical video that captures the field of view that best provides accurate, timely and factual information, especially for high-profile government buildings. I was in a government building last week that has video but because of budget reasons they didn’t put video on the exterior of the building to watch the sidewalk. Having critical video that is immediately available to responders is one of the most critical, first-funded options of an important government facility.

So I pose the following questions:

Critical building managers: Do you have video of your critical areas of your building(s)?

Designers/Consultants: Did you plan for critical points of video for your buildings and are you able to make the business case to keep that video?

Installers: When you installed video on critical buildings, did you aim it to give the field of view that is necessary to answer the question of what happened, how many people were involved and which way did they go, in daytime or during the dark of night?

Posted by Charlie Howell on Jul 22, 2011

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