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Intrado and GDT partner to develop and deploy applications for emergency services

Geographic Data Technology, Inc. (GDT), a developer of premier map databases, has announced that it will work with Intrado Inc. to develop and deploy new applications for use in a variety of location-sensitive services. Intrado is a leading provider of solutions that manage and deliver mission-critical information for telecommunications providers.

Building on the success of an eight-year relationship between the two companies, Intrado will continue to use GDT’s nationwide Dynamap/2000(R) street and address database and Matchmaker(R) SDK Professional geocoding software as the geographic foundation for Intrado E9-1-1 products. GDT’s map-based applications are expected to fuel development of innovative location-sensitive services and to help public safety agencies and telecommunication carriers meet the Federal Communication Commission’s mandate for wireless E9-1-1.

GDT’s premier street and address database and superior geocoding technology provide the geographic referencing information necessary to power Intrado’s intelliCastSM Target Notification Services and Coordinate Routing Database. The intelliCast Target Notification service is an integrated solution that permits a public safety agency to provide residents with immediate and timely notification of emergencies such as natural disasters, missing children or civil disturbances. To utilize intelliCast, public safety officials simply record a notification message and then use a computer map to highlight the precise geographical areas at risk. These boundaries are compared with the telephone number and address database for the affected area and telephone numbers of affected households and businesses are extracted. The intelliCast system then launches the recorded message to individuals within the emergency zone at the rate of up to 1,200 calls per minute. When time is critical, intelliCast saves precious minutes and provides citizens more time to take precautionary measures.

The Coordinate Routing Database is a core element in Intrado’s Geographic Information System (GIS) and is designed to route 9-1-1 calls from wireless devices to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). Ongoing updates ensure that the Coordinate Routing Database contains the most up-to-date emergency response information.