Route Optimization for Disaster Response(2007-12)
ROC staff team member, Kevin Callen, working for a prior employer, was the project manager and technical lead on designing, developing, implementing and supporting a cloud-based route optimization application for nationwide disaster response for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ihe online routing application is provided by the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), the national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, and medical supplies to supplement and re-supply state and local public health agencies in the event of a national emergency, such as a terrorist attack or natural disaster. The application, SNSTourSolver, became one of the first federal government applications utilizing cloud computing. It currently has over 900 users from state and local governments nationwide. Its critical use in optimizing the distribution of medical supplies during actual events was highlighted by Director of the CDC presenting the project manager a Certificate of Appreciationfor key assistance in the H1N1 pandemic flu response.