ESRI Homeland Security Summit Brings Together Leaders in GIS and Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery; Data Sharing, Interoperability, and GIS Framework Advance Public Safety

REDLANDS, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sept. 21, 2006— ESRI announces that the Homeland Security GIS Summit will be held October 23-26, 2006, at the Denver Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

The summit is for executives, management teams, and practitioners from state, local, and federal governments and their partner agencies; utilities; and the private sector. The summit aims to foster communication and collaboration using geographic information system (GIS) technology as a comprehensive, interoperable platform for managing and serving geospatial data and analysis for emergency planning and real-time event response.

The opening day will offer a plenary session on preparedness. Technical presentations will feature a virtual command center: how it can work and how GIS is used to serve relevant "operating pictures" in dynamic situations, events, and responses. The presentations will highlight some of the many new features in ArcGIS 9.2 as they apply to common elements of homeland security. Five key GIS functions as they relate to homeland security will be demonstrated:

-- Collecting, building, creating, and inventorying spatial data and maps

-- Integrating and applying spatial and nonspatial databases

-- Distributing, disseminating, communicating, and sharing geographic knowledge

-- Employing the analytic capabilities of GIS to make informed decisions

-- Operating a GIS in a disconnected environment

The plenary will also feature two cross-cutting panels discussing data fusion and incident command structures. A special dinner presentation will feature David Miller, Senior Manager, Market Planning & GIS, Walgreens, who will share with the audience how enterprise GIS supported the work of Walgreens during the Katrina disaster response and the development of solutions for the delivery of emergency services.

The two-and-one-half-day summit will also feature workshops on GIS portals and interoperability topics for homeland security solutions. "A common operating picture is important," says Russ Johnson, ESRI's manager for public safety and homeland security solutions. "When you prepare for events that require coordinated responses from different agencies, you must have a framework to share knowledge. GIS provides that comprehensive platform and interoperability to serve geospatial data, saving time, money, and most important, lives."

The 2006 Homeland Security GIS Summit will be held concurrently with the ESRI Health GIS Conference, a conference for those in health, hospital systems, and scientific research interested in a range of GIS applications from community health to global systems for disease surveillance and spatial awareness. Sessions at both conferences are available to all attendees, and there will be a unified exhibit area to bring people together from peer organizations.

The inaugural ESRI Homeland Security GIS Summit was held in 2005 in Denver, Colorado.

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Emily Vines, 909-793-2853, ext. 1-3571

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