West Virginia Selects BAE SYSTEMS to Provide Digital Mapping Services

CHARLESTON, W.Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 14, 2003--The State of West Virginia has selected BAE SYSTEMS to develop and implement a statewide digital mapping system that will assist public safety officials and emergency response personnel.

The system will include aerial photography for the development of digital maps and a computerized geographic information system (GIS) that will be integrated with Enhanced 911 services, state and local government agencies, telephone companies, the U.S. Postal Service and public utility systems.

Gov. Bob Wise said, "This high quality digital mapping system will ensure that our first responders, emergency management, and planning personnel have the most accurate information available to do their job. This system will save lives in our state -- I'm proud that West Virginia is leading the nation in this effort."

The project is the one of the first in the country that integrates geospatial mapping and E911 at the statewide level and could serve as a blueprint for similar efforts nationwide.

Mark Ronald, president and chief executive officer, BAE SYSTEMS North America said, "This project will demonstrate BAE SYSTEMS capabilities in Homeland Security and E911 emergency response initiatives. We're pleased to be working with the state of West Virginia to support this critical requirement."

BAE SYSTEMS Mission Solutions will implement the state-of-the-art system using the global positioning system (GPS), airborne GPS and digital aerial photography. The system will also provide the West Virginia Statewide Addressing and Mapping Board with a high quality digital image of the entire state and will have the capability to assign a standard city-style address to every identifiable structure.

Dr. Marshall Banker, president, BAE SYSTEMS Mission Solutions said, "Mapping and correlated geospatial data products from this program will serve as critical components in support of emergency response, crisis planning, disaster recovery and risk analysis."

The West Virginia Statewide Addressing and Mapping Board (WVSAMB) was created to provide city-style addresses for the large rural areas of the state of West Virginia. The project will ensure that rural areas of the state are accorded access to the same level of prompt and accurate emergency service as urban areas.

WVSAMB is employing the latest digital mapping, global positioning, wireless telecommunications and geographic information systems technologies to complete the project.


BAE SYSTEMS is a systems company, innovating for a safer world. BAE SYSTEMS employs nearly 100,000 people including joint ventures, and has annual sales of around $18 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills.

BAE SYSTEMS designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, space systems, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defense products. BAE SYSTEMS is dedicated to making the intelligent connections needed to deliver innovative solutions.

BAE SYSTEMS North America is a high-technology U.S. company with more than 25,000 employees who live and work in some 30 states, the District of Columbia and the United Kingdom. The company is dedicated to solving its customers' needs with both highly innovative and leading-edge solutions across the defense electronics, systems, information technology and services arenas.

BAE SYSTEMS Mission Solutions employs approximately 2,000 people and is the fifth largest defense contractor in San Diego. They are the forerunner in developing high-quality image exploitation and archiving systems for government customers.

Other major business areas include unsurpassed automated systems for supporting the full spectrum of battle management, mission planning and force execution objectives, and the production of test equipment for advanced electronics systems including aircraft, munitions, spacecraft, and telecommunications.

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