Saturday, December 18, 2010

International Conference on Emergency Operation Center (EOC)

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) & Disaster Response Operations International Seminar February14-15, at Mumbai 2011, India


Conference URL:
It gives me a great pleasure to invite you to the forth coming international conference on EOC which the RESPECT is exited to be hosting in knowledge collaboration with Illinois Fire Institute (USA) on Feb 14-15, 2011 in India. Emergency Operations Center (EOC) & Disaster Response Operations conference 2011, seeks to bring together researchers, professionals, and practitioners to present and discuss recent developments and challenges in EOC design, development, operation and management.
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) & Disaster Response Operations conference is an unique event and opportunity designed to strengthen over all Emergency Response Management by using robust EOC mechanism which works as “universal interface” connecting resources i.e. – information/data base, event inputs, technology, experts, practitioners, inventory, service, OEMs and product suppliers together at one place during emergency management. The International EOC conference offers opportunity to understand intricacies of "unified and coordinated" national approach to "incident management" involving multiple agencies through state-of-the-art EOCs.
It is crucial for “State Disaster Management Agencies” to understand emergency operational center’s functional and operational requirements for planning, designing and augmenting effective EOC infrastructure which can be integrated at upstream with National resources and at down stream with district and local resources.
A preliminary program can be found at . The EOC 2011 program presents peer-reviewed papers that address major aspects of EOC – functions, operations and technologies. The conference also features keynote speech and invited talks given by leaders of the research community.
Maj. Gen (Dr.) J K Bansal, Member, National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), Government of India, has kindly consented to deliver Keynote speech during Emergency Operations Center (EOC) & Disaster Response Operations conference.
Kindly attend and nominate concerned official responsible for planning, establishing and management of “emergency and disaster management systems” to this first ever International Conference on EOC in India. See conference agenda at


(Dr R K Dave)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Regulate ICT projects & "Save-A-Watt" - an Open letter to Ministry of Environment


MOS (IC) Environment & Forests
Ministry of Environment & Forests
Paryavaran Bhavan
CGO Complex, Lodhi Road
New Delhi - 110 003

Sub: “Save a Watt” Mission

Honorable Minister,

Heart Greetings. I take this opportunity to share my personal experience on - how use of ICT (Information and Communication technology) is posing a new threats to pollute our environment and stress infrastructures, un-noticed and unchecked.

Information & Communication technology is considered as clean industry but global estimation of its contribution to GHG is 2-2.5 % (recent trend indicates 4 %). Majority of CO2 emission in ICT comes from PCs/ Servers/ monitors and network equipment.

ICT use has increased in an unprecedented manner – in Government and in private sector and hundreds of thousand PCs, network equipments and servers are installed and being installed every day. There may be more then a million servers with precision environmental control system working in various data center located in the state of Karnataka. All such centers are installed with huge capacity of diesel generators (DGs) and made to run during power outages, which is very common in “power scarce” Karnataka state. Bangalore city is getting polluted beyond imagination but remains unchecked and unregulated!!!!

This is really irony that - India is providing ICT services to clients overseas by polluting her own environment and stressing scarce resources / like power etc, of which rightful citizens are deprived off!

The other painful scenario is ICT enabling of Governance, where state Government are creating and using ICT infrastructures which are run on diesel generators at remote district and taluka places. These systems are kept running (majority of time on DG) even during night time which does not make any sense as there are no user during night time!!!

World over – ICT tools are used for checking and controlling GHG, but with India there is different story. Here unchecked use of ICT combined with electricity scarcity (forcing owners to run diesel generators) is adding huge amount of GHG to environment in addition to other negative side effects.

I submit following for your consideration Sir..

1. ICT installation should be allowed only at places where required amount of clean energy is available. No data center should allowed to run DGs. Environmental ministry should create “national clean energy foot prints” and provide to interested entrepreneur. India does not need economy growth at the cost of its environment.

2. There should be a total ban on use of DGs in government networks, like use of timber (wood) is banned. Government should also plan and implement network scheduling and official should follow mandatory requirement of switching off their PCs and AC when away. It would be better if state government(s) work more on creating clean power infrastructures instead of emplacing eGovernance., which is not possible without electricity at home in villages and remote places.

3. State Government should submit “energy audit” report to the ministry of environment on frequency decided. The environment ministry should prepare an electronic Performa for such energy audit.

3. All ICT projects needing more then aggregate 100 MW of annual power consumption should pass through environmental ministry check list for ensuring use of clean energy resources.

Let Government(s) establish a precedent of saving energy under ministry of environment’s “save a watt” scheme and I am sure others will follow.

I would be more then happy to personally assist you when ever required for drafting a national policy and its management. I look forward for announcement on “save a watt” scheme Sir..

Best regards.

(Dr R K Dave

Friday, June 4, 2010

Naxal - a Manmade disaster and its managment

Nexal is a manmade disaster manifested out of “Socio-cultural conflict with the political system”. Government need to review and strengthen existing law enforcement, and intelligence management system instead of creating new force every time. There will be thousands of similar caucuses which may come out in coming years that does not mean that Government will announce opening a separate force for countering each of such group.

Government needs urgently to – review and reinforce existing forces to manage Nexal with better intelligence, information exchange system and training.” Intelligence gathering system and information dissemination systems” play important role in such combats and specific focus has to be given to these two areas.

Miscreants will keep on changing there style and mode of operation and may or may not repeat same style. Combat system should have ability to dynamically hypothesize for new situations and new emergencies and keep in highest degree of preparedness is needed at all levels. Evolving conditions in India demands counter forces and first responders to have highest degree of training and capabilities surpassing even regerous army standards.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Economic growth has cascaded enhanced vulnerabilities. Absent standardization and enforcement of safety norm will create havoc like AI crash mgmt.Let NDMA, DGCA, DIT, MHA, and other stake holder sit down and conclude on a joint strategy for managing accidents like AI Manglore Flight crash.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Continuity of Industrail Operations in India

Greetings to one and all 360 degree around. Sensitizing every one to vulnerabilities and risks is our major endeavor for 2010. Know more about risk management at HTTP://RESEPECT.ORG.IN.

Sustainability remains a function of Continuity every where and all areas. Increased manmade disasters bring two major challenges for the third world 1) Continuity of Governance and 2) Continuity of Industries and there is an urgent need to address and attend issues related. India-Industrial-Emergency-Conference is the first event of its kind jointly organized by Expo Management Inc (Canada) and Dr R K Dave, addressing issues connected to Continuity of Industrial Operations (COIO) in Indian subcontinent.

Dr R K Dave, Ex OSD(IT), Governemnt of India