MapInfo Corporation the provider of location intelligence solutions for the enterprise, has announced that its technology fully supports the White House’s Office for Homeland Security (OHS) call for open standards and IT interoperability in the fight against terrorism and the development of a successful homeland security strategy. MapInfo’s location-based technology requires no proprietary interfaces to access data from GIS or enterprise database systems.
The sharing of location-based information–such as data on people, assets and facilities–across departments, among agencies and jurisdictions is essential for rapid response and accurate reaction to crisis situations. For instance, government agencies need to have immediate access to critical information such as where the emergency is occurring; what kind of structures are involved; what buildings or open spaces can be used for staging emergency responses; and how best to move emergency responders to the site quickly and safely. Yet, this information undoubtedly resides with different agencies and departments and in various formats. Based on this, the Department of Homeland Security has called for the development of information integration architectures that will allow for easy sharing of homeland security information with state, local and private organizations.