Autodesk has announced that it has extended its Homeland Security Initiative to take advantage of the Microsoft Tablet PC with a successful pilot program at a major West Coast airport. The pilot program combines the use of live spatial data, maps, aerial imagery, and situation planning with the mobile computing power and inking capabilities of the Tablet PC to give emergency responders and airport managers critical information at the scene of a crisis. Sections and departments participating in the pilot include Airfield Operations, Terminal Operations, IT, Project Management, Facility Management, Environmental, and the Airport Managers Office.
Providing effective security and responding to emergencies and threats to public safety at airports requires maintaining accurate maps, aerial photography, and evacuations plans. This information needs to be available on a mobile platform and easily shared between emergency response teams via wireless networks and a centralized database.
“When an emergency occurs, getting accurate data quickly to the scene of a security incident and being able to share it with other emergency personnel is critical,” said Larry Diamond, vice president of the Autodesk GIS Solutions Division. “The combination of the Geographic Security Portal solution and the mobile computing power of the Tablet PC will give the airport the flexibility to react much more swiftly, efficiently, and accurately, which is critical when the public safety is at stake.”
“Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, with its versatile digital inking, is an excellent example of one the benefits the new Microsoft platform offers to both Autodesk and its customers,” said Alexandra Loeb, vice president of the Tablet PC division at Microsoft Corp. “Application development time for Autodesk is significantly reduced while customers get a flexible application they can easily customize to meet their specific needs.”