Saving Lives Through Cross-Domain Alerts During Natural Disasters

Alex Varshavsky

Alex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum

The strongest earthquake in 25 years rocked the Bay Area and California’s wine country last weekend – igniting fires, outing electricity, damaging wineries, causing floods, cracking historical buildings, and closing down local shops and restaurants. More than 100 people were sent to hospitals from the 6.1 quake, which was centered in American Canyon, just 35 miles from the Talksum headquarters.

Napa EarthquakeThere was no warning given during the temblor, which occurred at 3:30 am on Sunday, August 23. There was, however, a warning system that was in place and worked, according to the local press. Ten seconds before the shaking started, a computer at the University of California, Berkeley, sent out a warning from their seismological laboratory, which can detect when an earthquake starts within the earth’s crust minutes before the shaking hits the surface.

The earthquake alert system, which is used by the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to halt trains automatically upon earthquake detections of high magnitude, works today but isn’t available to the public because of a lack of government funding. Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that ordered a “ShakeAlert” system using the technology developed by UC Berkeley and the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with scientists at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Washington. A lack of funding has halted this system, as it would cost about $100 million to build and test.

If such a system existed and could be applied across multiple domains such as the public sector, transportation, and energy, to name a few, real-time alerts could then be useful for first responders, emergency services, hospital readiness, traffic management, road conditions, potential power outages, public safety issues, insurance systems, commercial vehicle operations, service centers, and so on. More importantly, it could save lives during catastrophes and disasters.

Today, the real-time Talksum Data Stream Router, or TDSR, provides the basis for an alert system such as this – at a fraction of the cost. The TDSR handles most types of incoming data – including sensor data – from disparate sources. Data can consist of structured, semi-structured, or non-structured formats. Once ingested, the TDSR transforms, aggregates, enriches, filters, data reduces, and contextually routes – in real time and simultaneously – alerts, as well as other actionable data, to multiple downstream systems, including dashboards, storage, business intelligence tools, and databases.

The TDSR is highly configurable, can be easily deployed for highly specialized solutions without the need for specialized coding, and includes the foundational components for regulatory compliance, government standards, and policy control.

Not only can the Talksum solution save lives through cross-domain alerts, it also offers security controls that span firewalls, intrusion detection systems, anti-virus and anti-malware systems, network devices, server hosts, applications, physical systems, and more to eliminate the problems before they happen.

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How the TDSR Can Help the Feds Save up to $32.5 Billion Annually

Barry Strauss, Talksum Head of MarketingBarry Strauss, Head of Marketing, Talksum

In a new MeriTalk report entitled “The Drive to Thrive: Ensuring the Agile Data Center,” Federal field workers and data center leads stressed the need for instant information access to do their jobs while at the same time pointing out the negative affects of downtime on both productivity and the bottom line.

The report stated that real-time access could save the federal government $32.5 billion annually. The feds field workers noted that real-time information access saves them an average of 17 hours per week, or 816 hours per year, and multiplied by the number of field workers in the U.S. government, this translates into about $32.5 billion in annual productivity savings.

Talksum Can Help the Feds Save Up to $32.5 Billion AnnuallyIn the last month, however, respondents noted that 70 percent of agencies have experienced downtime of 30 minutes or more. According to the report, 90 percent of the respondents said downtime affects their ability to do their job, and 42 percent said they couldn’t support their agency’s core mission. In fact, less than one-fifth of Federal IT professionals are fully confident in their agency’s ability to meet up-time and fail-over requirements.

In addition, 80 percent of Federal IT professionals cite data center reliability as a top priority for their agency.

The real-time Talksum Data Stream Router, or TDSR, has been built with this in mind. Talksum takes a highly efficient approach to data processing, management, and analytics for secure data center solutions. The TDSR improves data acquisition and transformation, converts data into flexibly managed event streams, and provides actionable data and reduced reporting latency of critical events to seconds – perfect for any data center and data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system.

The TDSR processes, manages, and contextually routes millions of events per section to power real-time monitoring and alerts, preventing downtime, while also freeing up storage through its data reduction technology. The TDSR can instantly send alerts for memory errors, queries, non-normal activities, SLA blips, electrical capacity, unauthorized login attempts, system statistics, and a host of other types of alerts, custom-tailored per agency requirements.

The hardware-based, highly configurable TDSR, can be easily deployed for highly specialized solutions without the need for specialized coding, and includes the foundational components for regulatory compliance, government standards, and policy control.

The Talksum solution offers security controls that span firewalls, intrusion detection systems, anti-virus and anti-malware systems, network devices, server hosts, applications, physical systems, and more to eliminate the problems before they happen.

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Talksum 2100 Series Data Stream Router Installation at the New Mexico Consortium

Barry Strauss, Talksum Head of MarketingBarry Strauss, Head of Marketing, Talksum

We’ve been working hard, yet quietly throughout the summer. In fact, Talksum completed another Talksum 2100 Series installation in July, this time at the New Mexico Consortium (NMC), one of the largest technology-based businesses in Los Alamos County, New Mexico.

The 2100 Series was installed quickly without problems, and was up-and-running in no time to handle the 1,700+ NMC servers that continuously generate data in different formats to their respective data research systems.

Talksum at the New Mexico ConsortiumDesigned to accelerate real-time decisions, the Talksum Data Stream Router™ (TDSR™) improves data acquisition and transformation, converts data into flexibly managed event streams, and provides actionable data and reduced reporting latency of critical events to seconds — perfect for any data center and data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system.

The TDSR ingests, transforms, filters, data reduces, applies monitors and alerts, aggregates, enriches, analyzes and intelligently routes information in real time from all devices and servers to respective data stores for efficient use. Designed to accelerate real-time decisions, the TDSR improves data acquisition and transformation, and converts any type of structured and semi-structured data into flexibly managed event streams, tailored to most BI and research systems.

The NMC pursues joint initiatives with the research universities in New Mexico and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in advanced computing, plant biology, biomedical engineering, and modeling and analysis. The Ultrascale Systems Research Center (USRC) investigates challenges of computing at extreme scales – millions rather than thousands of computers – and poses questions that have not yet been answered in areas such as OS/systems/network software stacks, scalable and reliable runtime and middleware, IO/storage, parallel file systems, data intensive (DISC), and cyber-security.

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