March 17, 2003
More on Homeland Security
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More on Homeland Security:
Due to space considerations, GISWeekly is running the remainder of its GITA 26 coverage in the Industry News and Products sections this week. For those of you who were unable to attend the event, GITA 26 was held this year in San Antonio, Texas, March 2-5, sporting the theme “Wide Open Spatial Frontiers: Adding Value to Your Business.”
There were numerous panel discussions and sessions presented at GITA 26 on the topic of Homeland Security, but these were two that I managed to get to myself.
Pam Fromhertz of NOAA in Silver Springs, Md., spoke on “Homeland Security: A Federal Update.” Summarizing her talk, she said that only 30 percent of organizations are prepared in the event of emergency. “A lot depends upon the dedicated resources you have,” said Fromhertz.
First of all, organizations must start with a living document. With one full time person, it may take six months to complete this document, depending upon the nature of your organization. How do you get plans in place?
“Most agencies are putting plans in place,” she said, and there are some guidelines:
Undergoing vulnerability assessment, finding critical components within your system, figuring out how long it will take to get from here to there.
“Get the assessment done first,” advised Fromhertz.
“The fact that we're talking about Kentucky is incidental,” claimed Adona Valicenti, CIO, Commonwealth of Kentucky in her educational session, “Directions in Kentucky's GIS Strategy after 9/11”. “You could put any state's strategy under scrutiny, because it's changed dramatically since 9/11. Across the country, people have begun to realize what a difference geospatial information can make in an emergency.”
“Homeland defense is a geospatial problem,” Valicenti continued. “It needs GIS planning, response and recovery.”
Since 9/11, state and local governments have been on the front lines. The event exposed the need for states to help local governments. Also coming to light are budget realities that require the efficient use of resources, and the need for innovative GIS concepts.
“GIS needs to be more than a technical tool,” said Valicenti, “and it can be used to anticipate as well as react.”
GIS is used by high level administrators in Kentucky for:
- strategic planning
- needs analysis
- policy creation and implementation
- management of a wide range of programs
Valicenti said that she has 600 employees and contractors, and is a central point-one data center- for all the telecommunications across the state, all county and clerks offices, the Kentucky Health Board, which delivers medical diagnostic services through telecommunications, the commercial mobile radio service emergency telcom board which is updating the 911 system.
The Office of Geographic Information is an administrative agency that coordinates multiagency projects, including statewide base map creation, serving as a liaison to the federal government, consulting and training to state and local government and maintaining a geographic information clearinghouse.
Kentucky has a statewide digital base map that includes: boundaries, transportation, hydrography, elevation and orthoimagery. The geodesy control layer of the basemap is improved and maintained through partnership with the National Geodetic Survey.
A GPS Road Centerline Project is currently under way and is expected to be completed by 2003, covering 120 counties.
GIS is a critical component of how business is done now, and the way to get things done is to develop partnerships with other agencies to share data. Valicenti explains, “Kentucky's GIS strategy is to create a database before it's needed for homeland security. These databases all have other uses - for program administration, 911 response, economic development, law enforcement, etc.” The new strategy includes plans to add five new statewide data layers to the basemap, including parcels, structures, addresses. Land cover and other geographic information.
“Even though states are looking for federal money,” said Valicenti, “they will have to deliver their own data. We have to work in partnership-between local governments, between state and local governments, between state and federal governments and between local and federal governments.”
ESRI and Information Builders, enterprise business intelligence (BI) and real-time Web reporting company, announced as the next step in their agreement the integration of ESRI's ArcIMS Internet mapping software solution for distributing GIS data and applications on the Internet with WebFOCUS 5, Information Builders' new flagship enterprise BI solution. WebFOCUS 5 is a real-time information platform with enhanced features for reporting, end-user query and analysis, information delivery and management, portal integration, and extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) capabilities.
Intelliscan, specialists in software development for geographic information systems (GIS) and Metoc, providers of project management and consultancy services, announced an agreement that will allow Intelliscan to distribute the vector Admiralty data produced by Metoc, but also permits cross promoting and distribution of their other respective products and services.
Spatial server products GenaMap and GenaServer from GenaWare have received RedHat Linux Ready Application status, according to a press release issued by GenaWare. GenaWare is committed to delivering a viable enterprise class spatial solution which is enhanced by the partnership with the Linux vendor RedHat.
MapInfo Corporation (Nasdaq: MAPS) announced an extension of its long-standing partnership with Statistics Canada (STC) to provide customers with the industry's first location-enhanced demographic solutions that utilize data from the most recent 2001 Canadian Census. The new data products built with 2001 Census information from STC, Canada's central statistical agency, are for use with MapInfo Professional(R), TargetPro(R), MarketMath, or via MapInfo's market analysis services or custom modeling projects.
GenaWare announced its acceptance as a technical committee member of the OpenGIS Consortium (OGC). The Open GIS Consortium, Inc.'s (OGC) Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative (CIPI) will hold a demonstration on March 27th at Wayne State University, in Detroit Michigan, to outline the results of the first of a series of pilots, which focus on the Detroit/Windsor area. Both U.S. and Canadian organizations are participating in this important study, contributing staff and data resources. The demonstration will conclude Phase 1 of the CIPI-1 initiative.
Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced its Team GeoMedia Registered Research Laboratory (RRL) Program has grown to include more than 60 educational institutions worldwide since its launch at GeoSpatial World 2002, the annual Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community Training and Management Conference. To support this tremendous growth pattern and further promote open interoperability, the RRL Program recently added the GML data server (read-only) GML export command to the expansive list of products currently available to its members.
AMD) announced that Gartner/Dataquest Worldwide Quarterly PC Statistics 4Q/02 show AMD processor-based desktop and mobile computers increased worldwide unit market share to 19 percent among buyers of Windows(R)-based PCs in 2002.
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