I just wanted to let you know that we here at the NLM have just released the latest version of WISER for the Android (version 3.1) to the Google Play store. The specific details are below, but the quick version is that this release brings the Help Identify and Protective Distance Mapping functions to Android devices (it is already on the Windows, iOS, BlackBerry and WebWISER versions). This now means that we are now functionally equivalent across all our platforms, so there’s greater uniformity and less of a learning curve for people using difference devices.
Here are the details of what this latest version includes:
WISER for Android 3.1 is now available. Here’s a look at what’s new in this release:
- WISER’s Help Identify Chemical capability is now available on the Android platform. Identify and validate an unknown chemical based on the following criteria:
o physical properties of the substance gathered by observation or sensors
o signs and symptoms of victims of exposure
o the ability to categorize a substance, such as a substance used in a meth lab or a flammable substance
o hazard values from NFPA 704 placards
o transportation identification, including DOT placards, type of road trailer, and type of rail car
- Use WISER’s protective distance mapping feature on your Android device. Visualize the areas likely to be affected during the first 30 minutes after a substance is spilled or released on a live map. The Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook serves as the source of WISER’s protective distance data.
WISER for Android can be downloaded and installed directly from the Google Play Store:
o Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:
o WISER for iOS and WISER for Android 4.5, which adds chemical reactivity, triage procedures, and WISER’s full set of radiological tools to these mobile platforms
o WISER 4.6, which will add many new substances to WISER and update much of WISER’s backend data, including its HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank) substance data
I encourage you to take a look and to spread the word to anyone you know in the emergency management, first responder, first receiver, and preparedness planner communities. We rely on word of mouth to promote our tools and resources, so we really appreciate any assistance you can give.
Jennifer G. Pakiam, M.S.
Technical Information Specialist/SME
Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)
Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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