DeLorme Responds to Haiti Disaster
A few weeks ago, the XMap team met to discuss the content of January’s edition of the DeLorme Professional Newsletter. It was decided during the meeting that we would focus on the application of XMap and the Earthmate® PN-40 GPS receiver for emergency management. Little did we know at the time that within a few days the nation of Haiti would fall victim to one of the most devastating national disasters in living memory and that DeLorme mapping and GPS tools would be quickly called into service.
As the news of the severity of the earthquake filtered out, and agencies and organizations from around the world mobilized to help the citizens of this already impoverished country, calls started to come in to DeLorme requesting accurate and up-to-date map data as well as assistance deploying our software and GPS products. DeLorme data technicians quickly responded and developed a GPS-accurate, routable road and street map for Port-au-Prince and other affected areas for use in XMap and on the PN-40.
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Meanwhile customer service representatives and product specialists manned the phones, met with emergency response organizations, and conducted training classes to ensure that everyone who required assistance with their DeLorme product was provided the information they needed.
DeLorme products are now being used by emergency personnel and relief organizations in Haiti to map the extent of the destruction, to help navigate around the city of Port-au-Prince and beyond, to assist in the distribution of much-needed supplies, and to plan for the slow rebuilding process.
On behalf of everyone at DeLorme, our heartfelt thoughts are with the residents of Haiti as they come to terms with the loss of friends and relatives and as they begin to rebuild their lives. We also forward our sincerest gratitude to those who selflessly responded to the call for help and who are on the ground in Haiti. DeLorme is pleased that we are able to assist in this effort.
Read the full press release:
As Many as 500 First Responders Relying on DeLorme GeoSpatial Solutions in Haiti
Utilizing GPS and GIS Technology for Emergency Management
In recent years, there has been a surge in interest in location-based technology among organizations and agencies that would previously have considered these tools to be beyond their means. The emergence of low-cost and Web-based mapping applications and the ubiquitous availability of worldwide satellite-enabled navigation have instilled a spatial mindset within a broad cross-section of the population. Software offerings such as DeLorme’s XMap and GPS receivers such as the rugged Earthmate PN-40 are bringing this technology firmly down to earth.
The utilization of geographic intelligence has been particularly evident in the field of emergency management and response, where GPS technology has long played a critical role and where GIS—Geographic Information System—is now coming to the forefront. Response agencies at the national, regional, and local levels are learning that the efficient management of data plays a critical role in all aspects of emergency management, from mitigation to recovery.
Unlike in many other situations where the benefits of a GIS are measured in terms of increased efficiency, higher productivity, and ultimately dollars and cents, the benefit of this technology for emergency managers is that it saves lives. No matter what the situation, whether it is a major natural disaster, such as an earthquake, hurricane, or flood, or a local search and rescue operation, GIS can and should play a key role.
Tab Tip – Tracking Offenders with XMap's GPS Radar Function
November’s DeLorme Professional Newsletter included a list of the major functional enhancements in the newly released
XMap 7 suite. If you read the entire article, towards the bottom of the list under the subheading,
Other XMap Enhancements, you may have noticed “Improved GPS Radar Search”—a reference to a lesser known but, nonetheless, powerful component of the XMap toolkit.
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A recurring theme in the various descriptions of XMap is that it represents the perfect integration of GPS and GIS technology. DeLorme mapping software has included GPS functionality since its earliest days, when DeLorme was one of the first companies to introduce a GPS receiver for consumer use. It is no surprise, therefore, that when XMap was developed, it inherited a powerful set of GPS tools for tracking, navigation, data collection, and, as seen in the GPS radar functionality, proximity searching.
The idea behind the GPS Radar is very simple: if your GPS receiver is able to discern your precise location and the map on which your position is being displayed includes points of interest or other significant data layers, it is very easy to generate a list of these points that are within a defined distance and to update this list as you move. Originally, this functionality was incorporated into DeLorme software titles to help the traveler find particular businesses and services such as restaurants, hotels, and gas stations. However, it soon became clear that there could be many other applications for this tool.
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Where on Eartha
Within hours of the delivery of
December’s DeLorme Professional Newsletter , the contest inbox started to fill up. Not, as is usual, with respondents eager to prove their geographical prowess embellished with anecdotes of travel and adventure but with despondent Where on Eartha addicts protesting that the contest was too difficult. Of the few who did hazard a guess, only about half were able to identify the capital in question as Jerusalem and the country as Israel.
The first correct response drawn at random from the abbreviated list belonged to Michael Toepfer from the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Michael will shortly be receiving a copy of XMap 7 with nationwide Topographic Map Data and an Earthmate LT-40 GPS receiver.
This month, the pushpin has been placed on a capital city that appears to occupy a sizable portion of the land area of the country over which it presides. Name the city and the country and you could be our next winner. Send your response in an e-mail addressed to
email@example.com to arrive no later than February 12, 2010. Good luck!
XMap and the Earthmate PN-40 Featured on a TV Report
Portland, Maine, TV station, WCSH, recently ran a report on the search and rescue operations of the Maine Warden Service and how, with the help of DeLorme mapping and GPS technology, over 99% of missing people are found.
Watch the video now to see XMap and the PN-40 in action (on the right of the page).
Did You Know...?
Did you know that the Earthmate PN-40 GPS receiver is now compatible with MyTopo Terrain Navigator software? With the recent firmware update (version 2.7), the PN-40 can save collected waypoints and track files to the included SD card in .gpx format. This data can then be directly imported into Terrain Navigator without any further conversion.
This enhancement represents a "best of both worlds" scenario for many emergency managers who rely on both Terrain Navigator software and the Earthmate PN-40 for the incident operations. For more information:
Read the Press Release:
DeLorme Earthmate GPS Receivers Now Compatible with MyTopo Terrain Navigator Software .
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