Tatuk Powers EmerGeo™ Emergency Mapping Software

Crisis mapping software demands reliability, performance and cost effectiveness from Tatuk.

VANCOUVER, B.C., August 31, 2006

EmerGeo Solutions of Vancouver, B.C. has developed on of the world’s leading emergency mapping software applications based on the TatukGIS Developer Kernel.

EmerGeoEmerGeo™ mapping is an OpenGIS-based system that enables government and industry emergency planners and responders in the field and operation centers to communicate, coordinate and collaborate in a more effective way. With an optional interface to the world’s leading crisis management software (WebEOC), decision-makers can now establish a virtual EOC environment with controlled publishing of their incident, resource, critical infrastructure and other data layers overlaid on base map data being fed from ArcIMS®, Geomedia®, MapGuide® or other corporate GIS systems that customers use day-to-day using OpenGIS® interfaces such as Web Map Services (WMS).

EmerGeo uses the Tatuk engine in both client and server based tools to provide real time spatial information to emergency managers through both browser interfaces and through Smart Clients which can operate in situations where network connectivity is either not available or unreliable; a common situation during disasters. For example, EmerGeo is often used by first responders in the field to record what is happening on the ground and what tactical operations are planned (e.g. establishing security perimeters). Field staff can send these updated maps to an emergency operation center via a wireless internet/intranet network when its available.

“We chose the Tatuk DK because it provided powerful client and server based capabilities with a relatively small software and hardware footprint and with licensing models that make sense in emergency management agencies” states Timothy Webb, Chief Technology Officer at EmerGeo Solutions. “The royalty-free client license has helped us keep our software license fees low so even the smallest communities affected by disasters can benefit from EmerGeo”, states Michael Morrow, Director.

Tatuk and EmerGeo are now running in several emergency operation centers and mobile command posts across North America and Australia, including the B.C. Ministry of Forests Fire Centre, the Brunswick County Emergency Operation Center, Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA).

Achieving Multi-agency Interoperability – A Project in Australia

EmerGeoFESA has made a commitment to leverage the State Government’s Shared Land Information Platform (SLIP) to improve the Emergency Management (EM) community’s capability to access and disseminate spatial information for use in the delivery of emergency services. The EmerGeo web server and Smart-client, based on the Tatuk engine, have been configured to support the development of a SLIP Emergency Management Portal for managing different types of incidents including hazardous materials, wildfire, and search and rescue operations. This portal is being developed as a common facility across all the government, commercial and civil lines of business that have a requirement for geospatial data and services. SLIP represents an exciting new whole of government approach to shared information services to facilitate improvement of business processes and systems which use land information. The direct feedback from the SLIP Emergency Management project team was that “EmerGeo had only been installed for about a month, and its performance was excellent. We had no significant issues reported, and the user feedback received was positive.”

EmerGeo Solutions, Inc. provides consulting services and fully integrated situation awareness technology solutions to help manage risk in Emergency Management, Environment Health & Safety, Security and Business Resilience for government and industry. Our EmerGeo software application provides all decision-makers with timely access to critical information and the decision-support tools needed before, during and after emergencies and major events.

EmerGeo’s unique managed Common Operating Picture (mCOP™) technology allows information stored in siloed systems to be shared securely and in a controlled way among work groups so that all decision-makers are working from the most up-to-date, accurate and validated information available. Our hosted Learning Management System (eLearning) ensures customers can implement our technology and best practices in a cost-effective manner.