The Agency Profile page contain photo albums that allow PulsePoint users to view incident, event, station, apparatus, and other photos that your agency chooses to share. While implementing the photo sharing capability is not mandatory for implementation, broader distribution of organization photos may increase community awareness around the critical work performed by public safety agencies. Such knowledge may cultivate public support and increase civic engagement and participation in the Chain of Survival.
Agencies implementing PulsePoint for their communities can enable photo sharing in two simple steps:
- Follow the detailed instructions below on how to upload and configure your photos using the flickr photo sharing service.
- Update your agency’s registration information in the PulsePoint portal with the screen name of your agency’s flickr account.
Setting Up Photos In Your flickr Account
PulsePoint uses the flickr online photo storage and sharing service to manage the in-app photos.
- Establish an account for your agency at www.flickr.com. This account must be dedicated to the exclusive purpose of managing your PulsePoint photo sets.
- Assign a screen name to your account, for example Your_Fire_Department_Name. Your screen name should not include blank characters.
- Upload your photos to your flickr account. Directions on how to upload photos are on the flickr web site.
- Uploaded images should be 300dpi for proper display in the app.
- Once you have photos uploaded, organize them into “Sets” (Flickr refers to albums as sets). Each of these photo sets will appear as a photo grouping within the app. Photos that are not organized within sets will not be visible through the app. The names you choose for the sets will appear as titles in the app, so be sure name them appropriately, for example:
- “Structure Fire – Alamo Square”
- “Rope Rescue – Mt. Diablo”
- “2012 Pancake Breakfast”
Once the photos are organized, the final step is to set the Privacy settings for your sets to “Public.” This is accomplished by selecting a set, or individual photos within a set, and selecting “Change Permissions” from the Batch Edit menu.
The photos contained in the flickr screen below were assembled into a set named “Vehicle Accident – Bollinger Canyon” for use in the app.
Updating Your Agency Registration Information
Once you have successfully set up and configured your photos, the only remaining step is to add this information to your Agency Registration Information on the PulsePoint web site. You do this by logging on to your PulsePoint administration page (under the Developers menu on the PulsePoint home page) and scrolling down to the section titled “Include Optional Features.” In this section you enter the screen name of your flickr account (not the username) and check the box title Photo Gallery Functionality. Once you save your changes, photo sharing will be automatically enabled for your user community. Enable Photo Gallery Functionality in the Agency Profile screen and enter your flickr screen name.