A commercial off-the-shelf database and GIS from Oracle will help Environmental Protection Agency officials warn people about spills and leaks. Officials at the EPA’s Region 5 Superfund Division Field Environmental Decision Support has announced that they chose Oracle Database 10g and 10g Spatial software for a geospatial database for first responders. Users of the EPA system can get data such as aerial maps and the latest terrain information not only on office computers, but also laptop computers in the field.
Superfund division officials investigate and clean up hazardous waste sites. Chicago-based Region 5 covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Region 5’s emergency response team could use the EPA’s geospatial system to quickly pinpoint bioterrorist attacks, radiation leaks and other environmental emergencies.