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Autodesk Technology Used in Homeland Security Applications 03.18.2002

Technology will be used for creating, managing, distributing, and reusing infrastructure data vital to public safety.

Autodesk Inc., the world’s leading design software and digital content company, announced that its GIS technology is being used in Web Enforcer and FloorView, two homeland security applications helping law enforcement officials and emergency response teams to plan for and react to threats and emergencies.

Autodesk’s homeland security strategy centers on providing flexible software to help governments, utilities, and telecommunications firms assess infrastructure capabilities and security to implement design changes and better respond to emergencies. Autodesk’s GIS software can be used either out of the box, customized by customers, or as a development platform for third parties with domain expertise. Other homeland security efforts from Autodesk include solutions that help wireless operators leverage location-based services to address personal security issues for their subscribers.

Responding to the events of September 11, governments, utilities and telecommunications firms began assessing the capabilities and security of vital infrastructure services such as electricity, natural gas, water, transportation, and emergency response. New threats have made it clear that fast access to infrastructure data over the Internet, an intranet, or via a mobile device is critical. The applications that supply this data need to be customizable, reliable, and quickly developed and deployed and be able to draw on and visualize a variety of interrelated data including demographics, floor plans, location of physical assets, evacuation routes, hazardous material threats, and weather.

Autodesk’s powerful mapping and distribution technology meets these requirements. Its open, flexible architecture means organizations can rapidly develop highly customized solutions that draw on a variety of engineering, design, and other important data, and can deliver it anywhere it needs to be, anytime. The software supports a wide variety of file formats, including DWG, providing data accuracy across the entire workflow. Autodesk’s GIS solutions can scale from a few local users to thousands when used with an Oracle9i Database and is capable of helping address four key areas of homeland security:

  • Assessment--Identify and evaluate potential vulnerabilities in the existing infrastructure
  • Remediation--Implement design changes to reduce vulnerabilities
  • Monitoring--Monitor infrastructure around-the-clock to quickly identify and fix problems
  • Emergency Response--Respond quickly and effectively to emergencies to help save lives and minimize damage

Although public safety and homeland security have only recently moved to the forefront of national priorities, Autodesk’s GIS, mapping, and data distribution software has been contributing to public safety for many years. Pinellas County, has implemented Web Enforcer, a web application developed by Focus Corporation and based on Autodesk MapGuide software. This application has been helping the county enforce a state statute barring convicted sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, day-care centers, parks or anyplace where children congregate. Together, Autodesk and Focus have created a Web Enforcer solution that is commercially available and easily customized for other organizations.

The two applications built by third parties using Autodesk’s GIS technology are Web Enforcer (developed by Focus Corporation, built on Autodesk MapGuide): Using this application, law enforcement personnel can view, analyze and distribute information related to crimes and crime trends over a secure intranet. Automated procedures help free valuable law enforcement resources for crime prevention services.

FloorView (developed by FloorView, LLC, built on Autodesk MapGuide and Autodesk Architectural Desktop): With this application, emergency and law enforcement personnel can get accurate floor plans, hazardous materials information and other important data while on the scene, helping them develop emergency tactical plans.

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