On September 14, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern, the monthly webinar of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities (ANSSC) will feature a report on the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) at New York University (NYU) and its Metropolitan Resilience Network situational awareness and collaboration platform. The speaker will be William G. Raisch, founding director and executive director of InterCEP.
NYU InterCEP was established in 2004 as the world's first research and development center dedicated to private-sector resilience. It addresses existing and emerging forces and factors that may disrupt the operations of major organizations, governments, and society. The Center hosts the Global Resilience Network, which is a unique consortium of leading corporations that collaborate on addressing common threats in conjunction with cross-national agencies (e.g., UN, INTERPOL, WHO, etc.), national governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders. The Center also hosts the Metropolitan Resilience Network, a global prototype for public-private collaboration, focused on advancing the resilience of the metropolitan New York region through active communication and collaboration.
The network's situational awareness and collaboration platform, Metro-OPS, has been operational for a year and is poised to expand to over 100 cities worldwide. The platform is comprised of dashboards that present diverse live feed information (public safety, critical infrastructure, traffic, weather, etc.) from pre-researched, trusted intelligence channels as well as filtered social media feeds in a password-protected environment.
Bill Raisch has over 30 years of experience in the private sector spanning roles in both privately held and publicly traded corporations. His background includes leading strategic planning for Smith Barney International, publishing, agriculture and project consulting in a diversity of industries, and managing several start-up efforts addressing new business innovations and technologies. Mr. Raisch served as private-sector preparedness advisor to the U.S. Federal 9-11 Commission and assisted in developing the Commission's recommendations on private-sector emergency preparedness. He recently served as a Fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Chamber Foundation, focusing on identifying emerging issues that will impact the business community. He also recently completed service on the Board of Directors of ANSI as well as on the Technical Committee on the Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management & Business Continuity (NFPA 1600). Bill also serves as the emergency manager for his home town, the Village of Asharoken, New York. He received his B.A. in government and economics and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.
The ANSSC is a forum for information sharing on standardization developments for smart and sustainable cities in the U.S. and abroad. Participation in the network's monthly webinars and valuable information sharing between webinars is a benefit of membership for ANSI full members. Others are invited to join the network and pay a nominal fee. Sponsorship opportunities are also available which include network participation, recognition at the start of monthly webinars, and other benefits. To register for the ANSSC, please visit www.ansi.org/cities. To pursue ANSSC sponsorship, please contact Jim McCabe, ANSI senior director, standards facilitation (firstname.lastname@example.org; (212) 642-8921).