This blog will discuss how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be a valuable tool in Public Safety. The Mapping Tech in Public Safety Blog will also be a companion to the podcast of the same name. The purpose of this blog is to introduce non-technical information about GIS and the…..
Survey123 is a form based data collection application that is apart of the AGOL/ArcGIS Enterprise platform. It is a customizable application that allows the creator to create user friendly forms for lay user to collect information. It does use a GIS based data layer (feature service) doesn’t rely on location……
I get a lot of questions about in vehicle mapping and what is the best solution. I have evaluated several products and I can tell you that all of them are good products. First of all I’ll tell you my bias, the best option for mapping software is software created in a recognized GIS software. The most common application use MapObjects or the newer ArcObjects created by ESRI. There are application based on other mapping applications including MapInfo or Integraph, but the dominate applications are ones created by ESRI.
This will be the start of an ongoing set of post to help explain and articulate what is the ArcGIS Online environment and some interesting uses for the fire service What is ArcGIS Online ArcGIS Online (AGOL) is an online environment for the maintenance and creation of geographic data (GIS)……
With the advent of GPS and other locating devices, firefighters have taken an active roll in mapping information. However when the data is collected it tends to come in a variety of “inconsistent” forms. While it is great that firefighter take the initiative to collect information using a GPS, often…..
When large scale incidents occur, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an excellent tool to assist in managing, tracking, and analyzing the incident. Many agencies and organizations have been producing GIS applications for this incident. One of the first GIS applications was from John Hopkins University mapping the spread of the…..
Mapping Tech in Public Safety is publishing a series of Podcast and YouTube videos about how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used in Public Safety. The demos can include many types of datasets. Chris and Steve decided to create a Damage Assessment layer and continue to use this layer…..
Semper Gumby Always be Flexible! Mapping Tech in Public Safety interviewed Chief John Morrison with the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department and Battalion Chief Ry Kendrick with the Fairfax County Fire Department. Both are members of the Virginia Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 (see bios below). We discussed practical…..
As Public Safety personnel, a major portion of our job is to be prepared. Checking out our apparatus, equipment, training for different types of events. We are prepared when an incident occurs. In the GIS Public Safety field, preparedness is just as important. Assuring that the proper data is available,…..
One of the common problems cartography and map making is how to map a round world on a flat piece of paper (yes he world is round). This has been a problem since the beginning of map making. This Vox video does an excellent job explaining it.
What happens behind the scenes with GIS when you call 911? What is NG911? Currently it is an analog system based on Master Street Addressing Guide (MSAG) and the Automatic Location Information (ALI) database. The ALI database is maintained by telecommunication companies for the local government agencies, which is provided…..