Security Systems and Geospatial IT Sharing
Intergraph is also looking at Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth to see how they benefit the workflow, and GeoPDF for dissemination of information.
The customer base is comprised of security and public safety professionals whose primary mission is to understand how to take care of the population. They need tools that only allow them to see what they're allowed to see, strictly a "right information to the right person at the right time" scenario which really drives the multiple levels of the user environment.
Intergraph's Security Solutions have three primary market areas, and then events follow in the subset of one of them:
1) Border security at the national level, from U.S. borders to foreign borders and how these kinds of systems can help.
2) Transportation security, the realm of airports and transit systems.
3) Anti-terrorism force protection, meaning military base security.
Scott said Intergraph has the capability to manage the entire security posture from detection, assessment, and response. "If there's an event, we basically manage the response, such as firemen and security. We work with technologies such as access control and badging systems to integrate with to make that decision faster. They might have geospatial technology to map out where their access points are, information that we can use. Because some of the third party technologies such as E-Team and WebEOC can be preintegrated into a system, it is getting easier to handle catastrophes when they occur."
What used to be called an analytical and static environment (GIS) has now become what Intergraph terms "spatial information management" where the map becomes the visualization tool with dynamic and real-time data integrated into it. This produces what military and security personnel often call a "common operational picture."
With the convergence of technologies, Scott concluded that "The good news is it's all about spatial: where is it, and what's it doing there."
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