Google Earth® Powers Emergency Mapping Software
EmerGeo’s new Google Earth Interface allows real-time emergency mapping anywhere in the world.
VANCOUVER, B.C., October 4, 2006 – EmerGeo Solutions of Vancouver, B.C. has developed a mapping software application called EmerGeo that has been used by emergency managers around the world. EmerGeo has been ‘disaster tested’ during several events including wildfires in British Columbia to major oil spill exercise simulations.
EmerGeo™ mapping is an OpenGIS-based system designed to streamline information flows between first responders in the field and decision-makers in emergency operation centres (EOCs). An optional interface to the world’s leading crisis management software (WebEOC®) was added to give users an ability to visualize their incident, resource and other data on electronic maps.
Now, emergency managers can visualize their EmerGeo data in Google Earth. “EmerGeo has always offered customers the option of connecting to their existing internal mapping (GIS) systems and using EmerGeo to overlay and manage rapidly changing emergency information. EmerGeo’s new Google Earth Interface gives customers with and without any mapping data to rapidly display what is happening on the ground, even if it is outside of their jurisdiction, and to distribute this data in a controlled and secure way to other agencies and the media who can now see this real-time information overlaid onto Google maps – anywhere in the world”, explains Mike Morrow , Managing Director of EmerGeo Solutions Inc.
Google Earth brings an exciting new integrated global emergency management platform to share information and facilitate improvement of communication and coordination. “We are continually adding interfaces to leading emergency management technologies into our solution to ensure the kind of communication and collaboration problems experienced during 911 never happen again”, adds Morrow.
How the Google Earth Interface Works
Google Earth can either be downloaded free of charge from http://earth.google.com/ or Google Earth Enterprise can be installed on customer’s internal servers if they prefer to combine enterprise data with Google Earth data.
EmerGeo gets installed on a server, with commercially available map data pre-loaded, customer’s data imported and/or live data connections created to customer’s enterprise GIS system(s).
As depicted above, authorized users simply login to EmerGeo’s free web map client through their Internet Explorer web browser, select a map they’ve been given access to and click on the Google button. Click on an EmerGeo emergency layer (e.g. incident name) and Google immediately flies you in to see the latest emergency situation data being published from EmerGeo (or WebEOC®).
Emergency management personnel use EmerGeo’s Smart Client to draw or plot the emergency data and have a choice to publish to one or more maps viewed by internal or external agencies – a controlled and secure workflow results.
“This is an excellent briefing and communication tool. You may have seen Google Earth used on CNN’s newscasts to explain disaster situations and military operations overseas. Now EmerGeo gives emergency management organizations a quick, easy and controlled way to share and track real-time emergency information among responding agencies, with the media and the public”, explains Morrow.
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.