Pictometry International Corp., provider of a patented information system that captures georeferenced, digital aerial oblique and orthogonal images as well as related software, announced that Monroe County, NY Sheriff's Office and the Gwinnett County, GA Fire Department have become the first public safety agencies in the country to deploy Pictometry's new touch screen interface with their county-wide image databases on mobile laptop PCs.

Pictometry's software enables users to quickly and easily access up to 12 different high-resolution views of any property, building, highway, or other feature in a county. The touch screen interface was designed with input from Gwinnett County Fire Battalion Chief Wayne Harper, who was seeking to adapt Pictometry software in a mobile configuration that would provide ease of use with the high-resolution database that Pictometry provides to its customers.

The touch screen software enables first responders to enter a street address or touch on a map or image to bring up multiple oblique (at an angle) and orthogonal (straight down) images of the requested area. Image measurement features, such as distance, height, elevation, area, and others, can be activated and traced onscreen at the touch of a finger.

In Monroe County, NY over 130 of the sheriff's patrol vehicles are now equipped with rugged laptop PCs with Pictometry's visual information system. The visual database of Monroe County was compressed in order to fit all 44,280 images of the county on to each squad car's laptop. Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn notes that the new technology is being used on a daily basis.

Firefighters in Gwinnett County have instant access to Pictometry imagery covering all 427 square miles of their county. The system is currently deployed in 18 command vehicles and is being rolled out to their entire fleet of 83 fire vehicles. Gwinnett's Pictometry system is automated so that as soon as a call is dispatched, an image of the location is found, displayed, and waiting for the firefighters when they get in their apparatus to respond.

Source: Pictometry, Dec. 14, 2004