The New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, with the assistance of PlanGraphics and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), has launched “EMOLS Transit Strike,” an Internet mapping application that allows citizens to view various alternative transportation options and vehicular restrictions during the looming MTA Transit Strike.
This application is part of the Emergency Management Online Locator System (EMOLS) suite of applications. EMOLS is a highly modular design devised to facilitate rapid application development allowing the City to leverage its upfront development costs. The ability to quickly create low-cost modules, serving specific emergency needs, has proven highly effective in emergency situations as illustrated by the quick development of the EMOLS module created for the 9/11 disaster of 2001. EMOLS Transit Strike was developed in less than two weeks with minimal cost. PlanGraphics has thrived and consistently proven that it can meet the demands, and pace, of New York City government.
EMOLS Transit Strike, created by PlanGraphics utilizing ESRI’s ArcIMS and ArcSDE software, is an interactive mapping application that allows citizens to explore all their alternative transportation options as well as all the vehicular restrictions in a dynamic and changing environment. As in the 9/11 disaster, changing information is reflected in near real-time providing users the most up-to-date and accurate information.