PlanGraphics, Inc., a provider of professional spatial information technology services, received a Special Recognition SOLUTIONS Award from Public Technology, Inc. (PTI) for its role in developing New York City’s “Interactive World Trade Centre Disaster Recovery Application” following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The award honoured the city of New York, Michael Berkowitz, Larry Knafo, Alan Leidner, and Plan Graphics, Inc.; all parties were given equal recognition in developing the application.
PlanGraphics developed and implemented the Emergency Management Online Locator System (EMOLS) for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Originally designed as a Web-based GIS application to direct residents of New York City to shelters in the event of weather emergencies, PlanGraphics added new dimensions to EMOLS in response to the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre.
The extension to EMOLS, named the Interactive Map for Emergency Information (IMEI), provided real time information on Ground Zero and south Manhattan, including transportation and pedestrian restrictions and utility outages. PlanGraphics staff created and maintains the IMEI Web-site for the OEM, a site that receives map information from the Emergency Mapping and Data Center (EMDC) in the City’s Emergency Operations Center. The EMDC is staffed by City personnel, PlanGraphics, ESRI, and various volunteers and operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.