GIS Interactive Mapping/Annotation System

Integrated Public Notification via full EMCOM System of Geographically Indicated Areas

The EMCOM system incorporates ERIC (Emergency Response Integrated Cartography) a feature-rich, integrated mapping, annotation, display and status reporting and analysis system. The system provides for:
  • Simultaneous real-time collaborative update and display of situation status maps between all participating (and authorized) emergency related agencies at all federal, state and local levels. Annotations made by any participant will automatically be reflected within 15-30 seconds on the displays of all other participants - Additionally, the Map Display system incorporates a 'Voice' notification that can inform verbally when a status map has been updated.

  • Multiple incident, multiple mapping, multi-layered map displays

  • Map annotation can be designated as map and or layer specific, or universal to the geographic area, appearing on all maps of the area.

  • Support for both permanent and temporary layers (i.e. permanent layers for locations/facilities such as hospitals, shelters, etc. and temporary for incident related locations and facilities).

  • Mobile viewing of maps by authorized personnel utilizing wireless devices such as PDA's

  • Designation of maps/annotations as either private or publicly viewable (i.e. media can simultaneously view publicly designated maps/annotations to deliver advisories as applicable)

  • Storage/Retrieval of as many maps as are required

  • While all simultaneous users see the same map depiction, each can independently:
    • Designate a map size applicable to their own viewing display (i.e. small for mobile PDA viewing, larger sizes for CRT displays, etc.) Map sizes include:
      • 240 x 160 (PDA)
      • 320 x 240 (PDA)
      • 640 x 480
      • 800 x 600
      • 1024 x 768
      • 1600 x 1200 (Large Displays & Projection)
    • Each user can display any or all layers on their own displays; for instance, some users will elect to see all layers on a single display, while others with multiple displays man only show one or two layers per display.
    • Each user can designate annotations for which they are authorized, and will appear on all other user's displays at the next user designated refresh interval.

  • Maps designated as "Public" with layer depictions such as hazard areas, assembly points, aid stations, shelters, etc. can be immediately made available on the community's Emergency Information website, AND, are accessible by Community Coordinators and the public via internet capable wireless devices such as cell phones, PDA's and laptop computers.

  • Multiple types of area annotation including:
    • Circles
    • Squares/Rectangles
    • Multi-Sided Polygons
    • Lines
    • Paths (Multiple connected line segments
    • Ellipses (with rotation to support wind-directional based areas
      (If interfaced to weather reporting equipment, the system will warn when the wind direction changes by a user-designated degree... and can provide automatic notification of the public in the "new" area using the EMCOM notification system)
      Additionally, since ellipses are generally utilized in situations where weather factors are critical (nuclear/chemical/biological), when the user clicks on the incident point of the ellipse to be defined, the system automatically calculates the closest weather reporting station, and places a "current conditions" box on the screen to aid in determining the size and orientation of the ellipse. The weather data includes:
      • Place of Observation
      • Time of Observation
      • Temperature
      • Wind Chill
      • Humidity
      • Dew Point
      • Wind Direction
      • Wind Speed
      • Wind Gust Speed
      • Barometric Pressure
      • Pressure Direction (rising, steady, falling)
      • Sky Cover
      • Visibility

  • Users control area colors, line widths, etc.

  • Multiple types of point annotation graphics, including user designated graphics

  • Point annotations can be designated by:
    • Mouse click on the appropriate point on the map
    • Designation of latitude/longitude for annotation placement
    • Designation of a street/highway intersection
    • Designation of a specific street address

  • User controlled annotation labeling including font, font color, font size.

  • Linked back-up records for all area and point annotations for displaying additional or background information - Details can be viewed by clicking within the shape or marker for which information is to be displayed

  • Complete user administration of Labels and Comments to update them as required.

  • NWS Weather Warning boxes are automatically posted by the system to weather layer of all maps.

  • Automated acceptance and annotation depiction from remote devices (i.e. sensors on chemical tanks, nuclear/biological facilities, etc.)

  • Can accept and display automated vehicle/personnel GPS based location via NMEA based protocols

  • Capable of delivering real-time updates to wireless PDA's with either static or GPS based "Moving Map" type displays, providing both annotations and emergency notification messages, evacuation routes, etc.

  • Includes facilities, utilities, layers, etc. for use as a Crime Statistics mapping/analysis system in day to day operations. Will display crime points by type of crime by date span.

  • Will automatically transfer drawn shape coordinates to the ALERT NOTIFICATION system to immediately issue alert notifications to the defined area.

  • Users can pre-store maps predefined with any number and variety of shape annotations for use in an emergency, such that the pre-defined shape need only be "clicked" to trigger an Alert Notification sequence.

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