MapInfo Corporation has announced the MapInfo Homeland Security Program, designed to help government agencies leverage location intelligence to protect the nation’s people and assets. At the core of the program is MapInfo’s expertise in combining software and data offerings that aid in detection, preparedness, prevention, protection, recovery and business continuity. The program encompasses a number of initiatives around homeland security including a series of seminars with leading corporations and government agencies.
MapInfo has more than 15 years of experience helping government agencies use location to make more informed decisions and improve public services. Several state and federal agencies already rely on MapInfo technology for fast and efficient response and recovery efforts, such as determining where to dispatch emergency personnel in times of disaster.
As part of this program, MapInfo is embarking on a multi-city tour to discuss homeland security and business continuity with government agencies. Hosted by Government Technology, these seminars will bring executives from MapInfo, Oracle, Veritas, Cognos and Symantec together, and will focus on an integrated enterprise approach to help organizations
achieve the goal of the coordinated sharing of information before, during and after an emergency.
In related news, MapInfo was selected to participate in the Open GIS Consortium (OGC) test bed Multi-hazard Mapping Initiative, sponsored by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The goal of this test bed is to establish a framework of interoperable services that demonstrate how products with OGC interfaces can access, merge and visualize critical spatial information in support of FEMA multi-hazard mitigation, response and recovery functions. As an active principal member of OGC, MapInfo has helped define the specifications for this project and will provide an OGC compliant Web mapping server interface to the agencies with existing MapXtreme® Map Server installation. The Multi-hazard Mapping Initiative is mandated by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.