Geospatial tools facilitate response to 2008 hurricane season

Erdas’ ‘Titan GeoHubs’ offered free to authorities for speedy emergency image sharing.

Erdas is offering free geospatial technology to assist US federal, state, and local government emergency management teams throughout the 2008 hurricane season. The offer centers on Erdas’ Titan GeoHubs (TGH) tool for publishing, indexing, searching, and retrieving geospatial information. TGH lets users share imagery and vector data in real-time and to publish geospatial data in a collaborative online network. Deployed ahead of an emergency, state agencies can collaborate on planning. During an actual event, TGH provides situational awareness and management of emergency response efforts.

Eddie Pickle, Erdas’ content development director said, ‘When disaster strikes, agencies need a means of developing a common operational picture that can be shared among responders. By making it easy to distribute the most recent imagery and vector data in a wide range of formats, TGH provides imagery, flood data, fire perimeters, medical services, shelters and evacuation routes for headquarters, field offices and on site laptops.’

Erdas has also partnered with MCH GeoPoints to provide data on medical facilities and other key institutions such as schools and nursing homes. Such data is already supplied to the federal homeland security community and to state and local officials as ‘Places2protect’ and ‘People2notify’.

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