Features & Functions

Emergency Management, Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief 

Raven enables situational awareness and collaboration starting at the incident level and instantly transmitting to all other authorized decision-makers on the Raven network.

Information sharing is tightly controlled.

Raven directly impacts decision-making at all levels of collaboration, coordination, and communication.  It is an Incident Command System (ICS)/National Incident Management System (NIMS) toolset, firmly rooted in ICS/NIMS structure, processes, and procedures.

The Result:  “Compressing the decision cycle from 12 hours to 12 minutes.”

What Raven Is

A set of tools for quickly and easily developing a common operational picture

Simple to learn and easy to use

Produces useful operational maps

Primarily graphic with user designated layered visualizations

What Raven Is Not

Not an elaborate Geographic Information System (GIS)

Not a complex mapping tool with a steep learning curve

Not a closed proprietary system

Not in competition with WebEOC and similar tools

Key Features

  1. Multiple incident types

  2. Multiple collaboration rooms per incident with public and private chat.

  3. A variety of common base maps familiar to all users.

  4. Multiple data layers – import & export of common GIS file types – ESRI shape, KML, KMZ – WFS, WMS, ARCGISREST.

  5. Simple drawing tools with symbol, line, and polygon styles.

  6. Measurement of distance and areas.

  7. Geolocation tools and products – Lat/Long/USNGS - AVL & PLI.

  8. Security; reliability; resilience; sustainability; support.


  1. Simple to learn and use.

  2. Allows online collaboration in near-real time.

  3. Provides ability to operate from multiple remote locations (anywhere in the world that you can access the Internet).

  4. Reduces the information cycle time from hours to minutes.

  5. Provides customized access and views with the creation of collaboration rooms tailored to specific ICS functions or target audiences.

  6. Easy to configure open as well as confidential work areas.

  7. Open source.

  8. Users access data regardless of organization using a standard web browser.

  9. Can handle thousands of concurrent users and hundreds of concurrent incidents.

  10. Creates a permanent record of information developed during an incident that is fully discoverable.

  11. Provides a platform for rapid development of shared understanding, decision making and distribution of tailored information to incident stakeholders.