EmerGeo Mapping Not Just For Emergency Response

The City of North Vancouver’s GIS Mapping Department is exploring daily use applications.

VANCOUVER, B.C., January 19, 2006

EmerGeo Solutions of Vancouver, B.C. is please to announce that the City of North Vancouver, British Columbia has purchased EmerGeo™ mapping.

The City of North Vancouver is a vibrant community where more than 48,000 citizens have chosen to make their home. Ensuring the safety of the community is an important responsibility for the City of North Vancouver. The City, including the Fire and Rescue department, works closely with the North Vancouver Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment, North Shore Emergency Management Office (NSEMO), and Lower Lonsdale Community Policing to ensure the safety of residents, their property and interests.

The City’s GIS Department has been an ESRI GIS site since 1989 and implemented an online mapping system using ESRI ArcIMS in 2001. The City has been exploring ways to leverage investment in the existing GIS system to enhance the City’s emergency preparedness. The NSEMO also uses the Community Alert Network (CAN) alert notification system. EmerGeo mapping was the perfect fit since it has OpenGIS data connection interfaces to existing ESRI technology, has an interface to the CAN alerting system (generates alerts using geographic areas drawn on EmerGeo maps) and adds decision-support tools and hazard models designed for non-technical emergency manager’s use.

After spending some time with EmerGeo mapping, the GIS Department quickly realized that EmerGeo offers potential for day-to-day application use as well. Some of the applications being explored are: Crime analysis, acquisition of tree data in the field, and delineating infrastructure inventory discrepancies by field crews.
EmerGeo Solutions recognizes that any effective emergency management technology needs to be used on a regular basis to ensure users are familiar with it, the system and data is tested and trusted nd it is an integrated and integral part of an organizations’ operation.

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.

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