General Questions

Cole Engineering Services, Inc. (CESI), an employee-owned small business, is an award-winning modeling and simulation company based in Orlando, Florida. As the primary developer and system integrator for EDGE, CESI works with Government and first responder stakeholders to make EDGE FRS available for training, provide support and troubleshooting to the EDGE user community, and add additional features and capabilities in support of new or emerging training needs.

The Enhanced Dynamic Geo-social Environment (EDGE) is a game-based software training application that emphasizes flexibility and ease-of-use. The First Responder Sandbox (FRS) component of EDGE allows First Responders to use a virtual environment to train coordinated responses to various types of emergency events (e.g., active shooter, hostage, fire, mayhem, etc.). This training environment may be accessed from any location via the Internet or deployed in a classroom environment. FRS v1.2.1 training roles include: Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters, EMS, Dispatchers, and Unified Commanders. Instructors and role players may enhance training by participating as armed suspects or unarmed civilians.

EDGE is a training environment that is intended to be a group training tool where multiple trainees can assume any of the roles above to execute the desired training. It is not intended to be a single-trainee environment. The EDGE environment is not a training course in the traditional sense, but rather EDGE is a tool instructors use to train their First Responder teams in a safe environment where training scenarios can be changed or re-run as many times as necessary to provide a wide range of training possibilities. EDGE has an After Action review (AAR) capability where training sessions can be replayed with full pause, rewind, and fast forward controls to highlight key training points. Sadly, First Responder budgets often limit the amount of live training that First Responders can conduct. The EDGE training tool, while not intended to replace live training, provides the perfect way to augment and reinforce live training without the cost of a full-up live exercise.

The EDGE training tool can be accessed in 3 different ways

  1. If you intend to participate as a trainee in an EDGE training event that your organization is conducting using the CESI servers, then you only need the client software. To get the client software, simply request an account on the CESI servers by going here to request an account. Once DHS has approved your eligibility, an account will be created for you and you will receive an email with details on how to validate your account and download the client software.
  2. If you intend to host EDGE on your own servers to provide training for your organization via a Local Area Network (LAN), please refer to the “How can I host an EDGE training session on my own servers?” question in the “Training with EDGE” section.
  3. If you intend to host EDGE on your own servers to provide training for your organization and others over the internet by acting as a DHS authorized EDGE server node, please refer to the “How can I host an EDGE training session on my own servers?”  question in the “Training with EDGE” section

Required Client PC Specs

Minimum

Processor: Intel I5 2XXX (2nd generation)

Memory: 8GB Memory

Video Card:  NVidia GEFORCE GTX 460 1024MB

Hard Drive: 4 GB available Hard Drive Space

Operating System: Windows 7 Home or Professional

Additional Software Required and included:

     .NET Framework Redistributable 4.6

Mouse

Stereo headphones with microphone (for 3D sound)

 

Recommended

Processor: Intel® Core™i7-3930K 3.20GHz

Memory: 16.0 GB

Video Card: GeForce GTX 680 or greater

 

Required Server PC Specs (Only needed for those folks not using the CESI provided servers)

Minimum

Processor: Intel Xeon X5570 2.93 GHz

Memory: 8GB DDR3-1333 Memory

Hard Drive: 8 GB available Hard Drive Space

Operating System: Windows 7 Home or Professional

 

Recommended

Processor: Intel® Core™i7-3930K 3.20GHz

Memory: 16.0 GB