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Emergency response? There’s an app for that.

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Emergency response? There’s an app for that.

Emergency response? There’s an app for that.

By Scott Doan. Tablet computing, specialized apps, and cloud-based data sharing have changed the face of communication in a number of industries. But step into any fire engine, and you probably won’t see many iPads. More than likely, you’ll see fire fighters viewing data and sharing info on a dated ruggedized laptop. These rough-and-tumble computers commonly cost in excess of $4,000, and are designed to keep ticking in harsh conditions. They have served many First Responder units well for over 15 years, but are they really the best option for...

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First Responders Need a Common Operating Picture

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on First Responders Need a Common Operating Picture

First Responders Need a Common Operating Picture

By Scott Doan. When First Responders are dispatched to an emergency, every second counts. While the men and women on these crews are trained to handle any situation, access to data such as building schematics, fire hydrant locations, and gas and water shutoffs can make the difference in those crucial seconds. Unfortunately, the way first responders access this information is seriously outdated. In many departments, fire engines carry hard copy binders with pre-fire drawings of buildings in their district. Any further information is given from...

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Emergency Fire Response with Critical Real-Time Data

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Emergency Fire Response with Critical Real-Time Data

Emergency Fire Response with Critical Real-Time Data

By Craig Gooch & Scott Doan | Published by Esri’s ArcNews Highlights – Using GIS, a common operating picture is provided on tablet computers, smartphones, and wall monitors. – ArcGIS for Server integrates and presents diverse CAD, GPS, and enterprise emergency incident information. – ArcGIS API for JavaScript enabled multiplatform deployment of common code. In fire departments across the United States, emergency calls are received by the dispatch center, which transmits and coordinates critical information to response...

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