August 20, 2002 -Autodesk, Inc., has announced that it has added two applications to its Homeland Security Initiative. The new applications are built by software developers using Autodesk’s design, mapping and mobile technology and are aimed at helping local, state, and federal organizations to plan, respond, manage, and recover from crisis situations relating to homeland security. Each of the applications, available through the developers, is designed for fast deployment and can easily be configured to meet the specific needs of an organization. The applications are:
“CivicCenter Emergency Support is an emergency preparedness and response application that helps local government authorities during a community disaster by making data and related documentation quickly available. Its key tool, the Event Digitizer, allows real-time tracking of an emergency from incident notification to debriefing. Kanotech Information Systems, Ltd., using Autodesk Map and Autodesk MapGuide, built CivicCenter Emergency Support.”
“Geographic Security Portal is an incident management application that enhances airport security and protection through the use of interactive displays on web and mobile interfaces. Incident tracking, reporting, and administration are greatly improved with the addition of voice, pictures, video, and freehand redlining. Kelar Corporation using Autodesk MapGuide and Autodesk OnSite View built geographic Security Portal. “
The goal of the Autodesk Homeland Security Initiative is to deliver to local, state and federal governments a suite of design and mapping applications that are able to utilize existing legacy data, including DWG files, to create software applications that solve specific problems for critical infrastructure protection, public safety, and emergency management. As part of the initiative, Autodesk is working with Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) partners, software developers, and hardware vendors to create combined software and hardware technology.