EMN was successfully piloted by the Ontario Ministry of Health as the ‘Canadian Emergency Network’ to assist, manage and coordinate emergency services for the G8 and G20 Summits in Canada in June 2010. These two major international events involved the protection of thirty of the world’s most influential national leaders as well as maintaining emergency services to the communities that surrounded the venues of the two Summit meetings.
More than 10,000 personnel operating from 15 control centres spread over an area of more than 50,000 square kilometres were involved in the 5-day 24-hour exercise.
The pilot proved convincingly that the Internet is a robust and reliable foundation for sharing emergency information as well as critical spatial information among all the agencies involved.
Significantly, the entire operation was run through a host computer facility in Melbourne, Australia – some 16,000 kms away from the two Summit meetings.
The participants received minimal training to test the simplicity of the network.
In fact, the special team of 75 emergency specialists who were assembled to pilot the emergency network, overwhelmingly and quickly embraced the Emergency Management Network solution.