Autodesk, Inc., has announced that its GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology is being used in Web Enforcer and FloorView, two homeland security applications helping law enforcement officials and emergency response teams to plan for and react to threats and emergencies.
Autodesk’s homeland security strategy centres on providing flexible software to help governments, utilities, and telecommunications firms assess infrastructure capabilities and security to implement design changes and better respond to emergencies. Autodesk’s GIS software can be used either out of the box, customised by customers, or as a development platform for third parties with domain expertise. Other homeland security efforts from Autodesk include solutions that help wireless operators leverage location-based services to address personal security issues for their subscribers.
- Assessment-Identify and evaluate potential vulnerabilities in the existing infrastructure
- Remediation-Implement design changes to reduce vulnerabilities
- Monitoring-Monitor infrastructure around-the-clock to quickly identify and fix problems
- Emergency Response-Respond quickly and effectively to emergencies to help save lives and minimize damage
Although public safety and homeland security have only recently moved to the forefront of national priorities, Autodesk’s GIS, mapping, and data distribution software has been contributing to public safety for many years. Pinellas County, has implemented Web Enforcer, a web application developed by Focus Corporation and based on Autodesk MapGuide software.
This application has been helping the county enforce a state statute barring convicted sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, day-care centers, parks, or anyplace where children congregate. Together, Autodesk and Focus have created a Web Enforcer solution that is commercially available and easily customized for other organizations.
The two applications built by third parties using Autodesk’s GIS technology are
- Web Enforcer (developed by Focus Corporation, built on Autodesk MapGuide): Using this application, law enforcement personnel can view, analyze, and distribute information related to crimes and crime trends over a secure intranet. Automated procedures help free valuable law enforcement resources for crime prevention services. https://www.focus.ca/.
- FloorView (developed by FloorView, LLC, built on Autodesk MapGuide and Autodesk Architectural Desktop): With this application, emergency and law enforcement personnel can get accurate floor plans, hazardous materials information, and other important data while on the scene, helping them develop emergency tactical plans. https://www.floorview.com/