Gloucestershire Fire & rescue Service replaces its existing GIS with Cadcorp SIS

Stevenage, Herts. 28 August, 2008. – Digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer Cadcorp has announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service (GFRS) with a new GIS based on Cadcorp SIS software. The new system, which will replace the Service’s existing GIS, comprises licences of Cadcorp SIS Map Manager to provide users the ability to view, explore, query and present geospatial information and Cadcorp SIS Map Modeller for 3D-enabled map creation, editing, analysis and modelling.

Cadcorp SIS Map Modeller will be used by GFRS’s CAD/GIS department for risk management applications while Map Manager will be used in the control room. The new GIS will be interfaced with a number of other, existing applications, including SSi Fireplan, hand-held GPS systems used by fire hydrant inspectors, the Fire Services Emergency Cover (FSEC) toolkit and the Community Fire Risk Management Information System (CFRMIS).

“Our existing, fire service-specific GIS doesn’t provide the flexibility we need to meet our current and future business requirements, so we went out to the market to find a system that does,” explained Adrian Viner, GIS/CAD technician, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service. “After a thorough examination of available systems, Cadcorp SIS was selected for a number of reasons, not least of which were its value-for-money and user-friendliness. In addition, it enables us to update our own maps and gazetteer as and when we need to. The technical support team from Cadcorp offered everything we need to help us implement the new system and to develop it further in the future,” he added.

Among the benefits that GFRS expects the new GIS to bring are: identification of incident hotspots, enabling community fire safety campaigns to be more effectively targeted; maintenance of accurate, map-based records of fire hydrants both now for GFRS and in the future when the new regional control centre opens; and the ability for officers to access and query incident maps to see when, where and what types of incident occurred in a specific area.

“We are delighted that another UK fire and rescue service has selected Cadcorp SIS as its GIS,” said Mike O’Neil, managing director, Cadcorp. “We look forward to working with Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service in developing a system that meets its aims and objectives.”

About Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service.
With almost 70 fire and rescue vehicles, including specialist units such as cliff rescue units and inshore rescue boats, operating from 20 fire stations around the county, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service covers an area measuring 1,025 square miles (2,655 sq. km.). Its whole-time and retained (part-time) fire-fighters are responsible for controlling and extinguishing fires, attending road traffic accidents and other life-threatening incidents, mitigating the effects of hazardous materials incidents and educating the general public on matters of safety.

The area covered by the Service, which contains the largest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB) in the UK, is split into three geographical areas – the Cotswolds, the Royal Forest of Dean and the Severn Vale – and is home to some 575,200 people.

About Cadcorp
Established in 1991, Cadcorp is a leading UK developer and supplier of digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software, applications and associated services. With offices in the UK and the USA, Cadcorp's distribution and value-added reseller (VAR) network stretches worldwide. The company also plays a pivotal technical role in
the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.® (OGC)®.

The Cadcorp SIS - Spatial Information System product family is fully integrated digital mapping and GIS software that uses OGC certified compliant interfaces. Cadcorp technical director Martin Daly is an OGC Gardels Medal holder for his contribution to the OGC, and was one of the original members of the OGC Architecture Board. Cadcorp is an
ISO9001:2000 and ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certified company, an Ordnance Survey GB Licensed Partner and Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland Licensed Partner. Cadcorp SIS applications exist in local government, central government, emergency services, insurance, oil & natural gas, mapping and surveying, commerce, utilities and many other markets. (For more
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