Thursday, July 17, 2008
Geographic Information System (GIS) Implements Second Phase of its Mobile Data Computers (MDC’s)
Mobile Data Computers in Emergency Vehicles Now Provide Public Safety Personnel Live Maps of the City and County
There are approximately 80 mobile data computers located in both police and fire emergency vehicles, of the City of Bryan and the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, utilizing a joint Tiburon dispatching system. Bryan’s department of Information Technology in conjunction with the 911 District and Brazos County Information Technology support these systems. For many years, these computers were used primarily for dispatching and report-writing purposes while using paper map books to navigate to calls.
Recently live mapping capabilities have been added to these computers allowing public safety personnel the ability to view locations of calls with a single click. Once dispatched to a call, a hyperlink click brings up a map, showing not only the location of the incident, but also critical information pertinent to the call. This allows the user to determine the quickest and safest route to the location and enables personnel to begin planning before ever reaching an incident. Some of the geographically referenced data users have the ability to view include street centerlines, police, fire and justice of the peace districts, schools, drug free zones, registered sex offenders, water hydrants, floodplains, property boundaries, preplans and current aerial imagery. Wireless data access points allow IT automatic updating of these systems.
Another feature available is the instant access to over 220 preplans of public buildings, churches, and apartment complexes. Preplans allow safety personnel to make informed decisions quickly by being able to immediately and easily access information. Preplan documents include information such as site plans of a property including building or unit layouts, locations of electric or gas cutoffs, locations of hazardous materials, as well as floor plans, locations of fire extinguishers and sprinkler valve connections.
The next phase being implemented will allow emergency vehicles to view their own GPS location on the map, and eventually see the location of other emergency vehicles. Utilizing our Brazos Valley Community Network Partners, we are working on installing access points at additional locations such as St. Joseph’s Hospital, The Med, and Blinn College. This mapping capability gives safety personnel another tool to use to help in responding more efficiently and quickly to emergencies, helping to keep our community safer.
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