May 2nd, 2013
The Growing Role of GIS
May 2, 2013 by Susan Smith
As public safety moves closer to a nationwide Next-Generation 9-1-1 system, Geographic Information Systems will play an ever-increasing part.
By guest writer, Anthony Haddad, Sales Engineer, Intrado
The use of geographic information systems (GIS) is not new to public safety. It first came on the scene as an important tool with the introduction of wireless 9-1-1 service when location information could not be derived from a fixed service address. In today’s legacy architecture, geocoding or plotting X,Y coordinates is often used in conjunction with mapping applications to help dispatch responders to the correct location, but that has been the extent of its application.
Public safety agencies have been collecting GIS information for decades in order to populate the information found in selective routing database (SRDB), automatic location information (ALI) and master street address guides (MSAG). When an emergency call comes into a legacy GIS-equipped PSAP, associated addresses or X,Y coordinates are delivered as well, though the coordinates are meaningless on their own. In order to be valuable, this data must be plotted on a map in either the call-processing or computer-aided dispatch (CAD) environment. Once plotted, the information can be applied to perform dispatch functions. In this way, GIS is a supplemental tool used to verify location alone.
Hexagon 2013 to Offer Hands On Geospatial Training and Much More
April 30, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, Vice President, Geospatial at Intergraph SG&I
From June 3rd through 6th, Hexagon is hosting its HxGN LIVE 2013 — Hexagon International Conference, which will provide outstanding training, networking, visionary keynote addresses and much more.
Once again, nearly 4,000 Hexagon customers and partners will convene in Las Vegas. For Intergraph, many of these customers will be interested in learning more about the Intergraph Geospatial 2013 portfolio while also connecting with users and partners across various industry segments.
Attendees will learn how to best leverage their tools across various solution areas, with topics covering:
- Actionable Intelligence for Multi-INT Fusion
- Delivering Safer and More Efficient Rail Networks
- Providing Understanding for Sustainable Natural Resource Management
- Information Management Solutions for Roads
- Mobility: Deploying Your Enterprise GIS in the Field
- The Cloud Evolution and Revolution
- Advanced Spatial Modeling & Scripting
- Managing & Editing Point Clouds, including LiDAR Data
In addition, to give you a sense of how in-depth the hands-on trainings will be, here’s a brief descriptor of one of the sessions:
Managing Director of Tomtom Business Solutions, Thomas Schmidt, Netherlands, answered some questions regarding the new TomTom App Center.
The U.S. has a technological advantage in many arenas, but in particular we excel at search technology (i.e., Google) and in social media technology (i.e, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). One of our challenges is turning that technology advantage against our adversaries. For example, how are we using social media technology for intelligence collection? What kind of real-time intelligence is out there from these unclassified networks?
Combining this search and social media advantage with leading geospatial and mobile technologies could be an important component of tomorrow’s intelligence capabilities.
The need for real-time intelligence has never been greater than it is today. Whether supporting the warfighter on the battlefield, responding to natural disasters, or providing humanitarian support, actionable insights drive the success of any mission. By leveraging a web-based geospatial framework that allows for the rapid development and integration of the Google Earth API, it is possible to integrate existing data sources as well as open-sourced data into one location. The convergence of these technologies allows for instant and powerful visualization and knowledge-fusion capabilities that provide the actionable data necessary for today and tomorrow’s missions.
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