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The importance of multiple data sources for situational awareness

Situational awareness, scholars and practitioners have argued, is critical to effective decision making. After all, it’s situational awareness that ensures that response teams, whether in the command and control, emergency response, and/or cybersecurity settings, have sufficient perception of elements in the environment, comprehension of their meaning, and projection of their status into the future.

But as critical events themselves become more complex, achieving situational awareness has become more difficult.

Why’s that? Simply put, teams can no longer rely on single sources of information to establish a complete picture of a fluid environment during a multi-dimensional crisis.

What do they need, instead?

Multi-source data points are needed to establish and heighten situational awareness, improve comprehension and perception, and support effective critical decision making. Properly integrated, multiple data sources offer the following benefits:

  • Better quality decision-making
  • Faster response time and minimized impact of critical events
  • More time for coordination
  • More consistent messaging to affected publics

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