The Transportation Emergency Response Application (TERA) software was originally developed by the National Guard for EOC training, and the transit, highway, and airport communities adapted the platform for their use by developing relevant scenarios through the cooperative research programs. TERA contains learning objectives, scripts, and other content that are considered to be valuable resources for tabletop exercises. Unfortunately, the TERA application is built almost entirely on the Flash multimedia software platform, which is no longer supported by its developer. Currently, most browsers still allow users to access Flash content by manual approval, but this option eventually will generally no longer be available by the end of 2020. Additionally, the developer of TERA recently concluded that there was not a business case for migrating to another platform and planned for the tool’s end of life to coincide with that of Flash in December 2020. Recognizing the value of the application’s content and features, it is important to identify options for migrating it to a sustainable long-term platform.
The objective of this research is to identify and evaluate options for migrating TERA’s core features, training capabilities, scenarios, and content to a modern, supported platform.