Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

High-Tech Tool Improves Incident Planning and Response for Emergency Management Officials

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

High-Tech Tool Improves Incident Planning and Response for Emergency Management Officials

Article excerpt

An enhanced high-tech, collaborative mapping tool is helping law enforcement and emergency management officials better coordinate event and incident planning and real-time response.

In its most significant deployment to date, the Geographic Tool for Visualization and Collaboration (GTVC) developed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) proved its usefulness during the G-8 Summit of world leaders at Sea Island, Georgia, in June 2004. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), which is funding GTVC development and deployment, made the tool available to state and federal law enforcement agencies during the event to coordinate their combined resources and responses in real time.

GTRI researchers during the event demonstrated the system's features, including high-resolution imagery available at 1-meter resolution for the entire state, and even higher resolution for certain areas. The maps scale with each view and maintain all the markings made on them electronically.

Kirk Pennywitt, a GTRI senior research engineer, said he and his colleagues also derived numerous lessons learned from the G-8 experience. …

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