December 1, 2008 - A SPECIALISED software warning system, helping to save lives and infrastructure during major emergencies, has scored a top award for a Perth-based geospatial company.
Indji Watch, a flagship product from iintegrate Systems, won the innovation and commercialisation category at the 2008 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards, designed to recognise outstanding achievements in the spatial information industry.
Following the win, Indji Watch Version 2 was launched with major design and technology upgrades making it an even more effective tool for monitoring natural hazards in real time, alerting people when infrastructure is under threat.
Indji Watch is highly effectual in providing responses for emergency management when disaster – such as earthquakes, bushfires and electrical storms – strikes.
Live data, giving information on the emergency, is shown on a map that refreshes in real-time as it becomes available. Layers of infrastructure, such as power lines, schools, field staff locations and so on, can be overlaid on top of this, allowing users to allocate their resources in relation to where they are needed most.
Indji Watch can track the path of storms, bushfires and other emergencies, automatically sending SMS and email alerts and automated phone calls and pager messages, telling key staff when something is under threat. Updates are sent with new information whenever the nature of the emergency changes.
Product Manager Mark Carniello says the major difference with the upgrade is the efficiency than enables Indji Watch to continually process complex information, immediately making it available in real time.
“Now Indji Watch is truly event-driven, so every time any asset or threat changes, the system redefines the relationship between those two features and automatically updates itself to reflect real-world situations,” he said.
“This is a major breakthrough for industries reliant on changing environmental conditions. Large quantities of environmental data can be analysed, modelled against assets and then communicated in real time.
“This makes Indji Watch even more powerful in helping to protect industries from devastation and destruction in the wake of a natural disaster.”
For the past year, Indji Watch has been successfully monitoring the eastern seaboard electricity network, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, analysing up to 80 gigabytes of data a month. It also serves as the first line of defence against lightning strikes for several oil and gas companies.
“A lightning strike during critical procedures could be disastrous and Indji Watch provides the early warning needed to put preventative measures into place to reduce the impact of hazards,” Mr Carniello said.
Indji Watch, an SaaS (Software as a Service) product, is available to customers without the need for specialised IT infrastructure and is scaled to grow with more datafeeds and features to keep in pace with customers’ needs.
Work on the upgrade began in mid-2007, funded by an Ausindustry Commercial Ready Grant. The new release uses Microsoft’s Virtual Earth, .Net3.5 and SQL Server 2008 Spatial and Silverlight technology. More information about Indji Watch is available at www.indji.net
The word Indji, when translated, means “close to” in the Nhanda language, a native Aboriginal dialect that was used around Shark Bay in Western Australia.
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