Proxix Solutions, a developer of GIS data, applications and Web services, released its updated Mainland Determination and Distance to Water Feature database. In the aftermath of five intense storms in 2004 and this year’s Hurricane Katrina, meteorologists are predicting a prolonged period of more frequent and intense hurricanes. NOAA has stated that they expect 11-14 tropical storms for 2005 with seven to nine becoming hurricanes. Three or more are expected to be major hurricanes.
Geospatial solutions will become even more important to insurance companies with increased risk from more tropical storms and new regulations and standards. Proxix’s Mainland Determination and Distance to Water Feature database gives underwriters the precise distance from insured properties to the coastline including bays and inlets. The mainland determination file also determines if a property is on the mainland or on a barrier island. The Mainland Determination and Distance to Water Feature database provides feature annotations that competing “shoreline” files often lack.