Imagery enhances analysis for hazardous response planning and research.

Pictometry International Corp., Rochester, N.Y., provider of a patented information system that captures georeferenced, digital aerial oblique and orthogonal images as well as related software, announced that its software and high-resolution imagery have been incorporated as part of several projects for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC is located in Atlanta, Ga., and is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. Primary responsibilities of the CDC include protecting the health and safety of U.S. citizens both at home and internationally, developing measures for the prevention of disease, and promoting health issues through educational efforts.

Pictometry's industry leading software enables users to quickly and easily access up to 12 different high-resolution views of any property, building, highway, or other land feature. The software also enables users to obtain measurements, such as distance, height, elevation and area directly from the imagery as well as insert GIS content and other data. The end result is an easy-to-use system that lets users see everywhere, measure anything, and plan everything.

One of the CDC's projects involved Pictometry's visual data for New York City used during the Republican National Convention. The CDC is tasked with providing planning and monitoring for potential disease or biological hazards at events. Using the imagery and software from Pictometry of the convention area enabled CDC officials at remote sites to become more familiar with the structural layout of buildings in the area.

The CDC is also using other imagery from Pictometry for research on birth defects. The imagery will allow the CDC to verify the geocoding of cases, such as confirming residences with addresses, evaluating neighborhood characteristics, and land uses in the study's areas.

Source: Pictometry, March 29, 2005