ROCHESTER, NY – December 11, 2008 – Oblique aerial imagery captured by Pictometry International Corp., provider of geo-referenced aerial image libraries, is featured in a Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) Proof of Concept project completed earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
The Proof of Concept focused on expanding emergency call answering capabilities to include an efficient way for emergency responders to answer calls from people using voice, video, text messaging and other increasingly popular consumer technologies. Participants in the project, including prime contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, include the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Texas A&M University, and Columbia University.
As part of the project, five state-of-the-art Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) from across the country were selected to pilot potential software solutions. Four PSAPS utilized Pictometry imagery of regions in Indiana, New York, Minnesota, Montana and Washington as well as the university development labs involved in the project. Pictometry’s proprietary oblique image capture process captures imagery at an angle to reveal full visual detail of a location as opposed to traditional orthogonal (straight down) aerial image captures. When combined with Pictometry software, users can access up to 12 different high-resolution views of any location. The software also enables users to measure directly from the imagery and insert GIS content and other data. Pictometry imagery is currently used by counties and cities in 47 states across America.