WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As Katrina made landfall in the hurricane season of 2005 - emergency managers evacuating New Orleans, faced their biggest challenge - determining where, when, and who would be harmed the most. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161128/443102 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161128/443103 For over a decade, NeST Group, a metro DC based techno-conglomerate, has systematically invested in building decision support platforms - that go beyond mere forensic analysis and provide predictive intelligence - that commanders can use in real-time to improve tactical emergency response operations. "The WWW is rich with data feeds - social media, internet of things (iOT), surveillance, primary surveys, biometrics, spatial imagery - however, we consume a very tiny fraction of this massive information mine to determine outcomes," states Dr. Javad K Hassan, the founding Chairman of the NeST group. "Aggregating data hives to visualize future intuitively, eludes all, but a handful of sophisticated cyber intelligence (CYBINT) outfits," he explains. Across the past decade, business decisions using public domain data steadfastly increased - in crafting entry and expansion plans, patterning consumer behavior, and developing distribution strategies. Yet in tactical fields - like combat, search & rescue, or counter-terrorism - its potential still lies largely untapped. Anoop Madhavan, the Senior Vice President of the NeST Group explains, "The Boston Marathon bombing triggered the steepest adoption of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) across military and emergency response organizations in the US." NIMS is the presidentially directed federal platform to unify and coordinate responses between various agencies. An incident commander and a tactical operations chief certified by the Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency on disaster operations, Mr. Madhavan firmly believes "deterministic models and information is key to the success of a field commander; it enables him/her to establish effective, efficient, and safe priorities to all operatives contributing to the mission's success."