SpotOnResponse Mobile Location-Based Communication




SpotOnResponse™ is a mobile app for Android®, iPad®, and iPhone® – and a web application for use on your desktop – that enables two-way data communication about incident information among your entire emergency response community. 

Combined with UICDS™, the national information sharing middleware sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, Directorate of Science and Technology, SpotOnResponse increases awareness of on-going events and creates two-way mobile data communication for responders.

Get critical information in the palm of your hand.


Here is who needs SpotOnResponse: 

  • On-duty police, fire, and emergency medical first responders have an additional source of information to supplement formal communications channels 
  • Off-duty responders keep informed of what is happening around them by monitoring calls for service and all agency responses
  • On-duty responders know where related actions of other agency personnel are happening, for example water, gas, and electric crews and volunteers
  • Secondary responders from voluntary agencies, public works, utilities, public health, transportation, environment, and others know where each other is located, what they are doing and what first responders are doing
  • The moment other jurisdictions’ responders come into the incident area, they join your communication network and are up-to-date on the situation
  • Officer safety is improved by knowing what risks are around the corner and where your team is located to help
  • Everyone is aware of the environment – weather, air emissions, toxic releases, floods
  • Everyone knows all government and private sector response from first responder actions to donations of equipment and supplies

SpotOnResponse supplements existing traditional dispatch and incident management software by using their data to create a network of mobile information sharing that extends traditional, single-agency communication into a multi-organizational, all-responder data sharing program.


If you are a responder, this is how it works: 


Incidents of all types within your personal area of interest appear on the map and in a list from multiple sources (utility outages, police and fire calls for service, EMS dispatches, transportation work, traffic accidents, etc.

Within the area of interest, any incident will color red and alert the responder if he or she is in the area of aid – that is the narrow area in which a responder would want to know for their own safety or could potentially help in the incident.


Clicking on the red bar when a responder is in an area of aid, takes you to details of the incident, including driving directions to the incident shown on the map and in turn-by-turn written directions.

In darker blue, at the bottom, are Action Updates from responders who can communicate in writing, photos, or voice recording to all other emergency responders in the area.

As responders add additional information, everyone sees the new updates and learns about the incident from those who are on-scene.

With the touch of the screen, a responder can see the location of all other responders (your Team shown in light blue pins on the map), both at the incident and those outside the area of aid.

When a responder leaves the area of aid, the incident returns to yellow but the responder can still view reports from the scene to stay updated until resolution.

While all this is unfolding with many responders at the scene and nearby, the web-based application back at an EOC or command post is observing everything and communicating across all types of responders.


Police still talk to police.  Fire to fire.  EMS to EMS.  But dozens of other off-duty first responders as well as related support agency personnel, and private sector critical infrastructure personnel, know what is happening and can help – or stay out of the way, both of which are important to controlling the scene.


SpotOnResponse Helps You Get UICDS Free from the Department of Homeland Security

Delivering critical information to you, where you are, from across all your responder organizations is made possible by an underlying information sharing middleware developed by the Department of Homeland Security, Directorate of Science and Technology, the Unified Incident Command and Decision Support (

SpotOnResponse increases awareness of on-going events and creates a two-way mobile communication environment for responders.  And UICDS is the source of that information. UICDS gathers incident and resource data from existing applications in a community as part of an on-going DHS program.  Here is all it takes for a government agency, utility, voluntary organization, or any other member of the emergency management enterprise to implement UICDS: 

  • We will help you apply to DHS S&T for the UICDS middleware.  Or you can apply yourself directly at: (

  • Local organizations connect whatever local applications (CAD, incident management, sensors, mapping, alerts, etc.) to UICDS through adapters which are generally available from participating companies. 

  • Under a current contract, the UICDS program in DHS can provide technical support to selected local jurisdictions for the UICDS implementation and connecting local applications to UICDS.


Many different applications can connect to UICDS, but the premier application developed specifically for UICDS is SpotOnResponse.


To get access and instructions for the FREE SpotOnResponse demonstration with UICDS, just Add to Cart below and information will be on its way promptly.

  • Item #: SOR 001
  • Manufacturer: SpotOnResponse
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