TAG: disaster response

Esri tracks wildfires with interactive map

October 12, 2017By
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Using live data from USGS and Waze, a new Esri interactive map visualizes active wildfire locations and traffic alerts for Northern California. The map incorporates a new mapping technique to group traffic alerts at locations where there is a high density of alerts. This method enables faster and more effective visual analysis in areas where there are many alerts that would... read more

Remote Geosystems UAV software free for hurricane work

September 12, 2017By
LineVision lets emergency response teams easily map drone video of Hurricane Harvey damage assessments. (Image: Remote Geosystems)

To assist with Hurricane Harvey and Irma emergency response and damage assessments efforts, Remote GeoSystems is donating LineVision software licenses to official agency, volunteer and non-profit drone operators. In addition to supporting a Texas A&M team responding to Harvey, LineVision is being pre-deployed to volunteers organized by Florida State University’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program to help with the Hurricane... read more

Hurricane Irma prep gets boost from Esri resource catalog

September 8, 2017By
Waze alerts light up Florida highways as people evacuate. (Image: Esri)

Esri has published a Hurricane Irma Resource Catalog in advance of the category 4 hurricane cutting through the Caribbean islands on its path toward Florida. The catalog features read-to-use applications compiled by the Esri Disaster Response Program (EDRP). EDRP is an around-the-clock service that helps with monitoring events online, discovering useful content, augmenting software and obtaining assistance from Esri experts. To see... read more

Hurricane barrels toward Texas, maps show impact

August 25, 2017By
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Hurricane Harvey is hitting Texas with wind speeds of at least 111 mph. Widespread flooding is a risk for Texas and neighboring states as public safety groups and communities prepare. Esri has created a new Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones Story Map that identifies the potential impact of the storm through a variety maps, including: Public Information Map — identifies the current and... read more

Intergeo preview: Photogrammetry heads for new markets

August 10, 2017By
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We’ve entered a new golden age for photogrammetry, powered by the ease of digitizing images and their ubiquitous availability. Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements from photographs. While science drives the process, business is driving a wealth of associated applications. “Photogrammetry is ahead of its time because everything is already fully digital in this discipline,” said Heinz-Jürgen Przybilla, professor... read more

A network in a box with GPS: Plum Case for challenging environments

October 6, 2016By
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If you are responding to a disaster that may have destroyed cell phone towers, and you have no power or otherwise limited connectivity, how will you work GIS data and imagery under these seemingly impossible conditions? Every map query, location shift, every zoom in/out requires a fresh query of the data from the server — precisely what you can no... read more

Esri’s disaster recovery tools at work in Louisiana, California

August 23, 2016By
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Esri technology has been in full force in Louisiana during both the search-and-rescue phase and cleanup and disaster recovery efforts following massive flooding in Baton Rouge. Esri’s ArcGis Online is providing a way to collect, monitor and report field activities to be sure all departments are on the same page using real time imagery, data and apps. In an emergency situation, location is a... read more

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Drones Dispatched to Nepal to Search for Survivors

April 28, 2015By

Aeryon Labs, GlobalMedic and Monadrone are working together to deploy three unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in Nepal to help locate earthquake survivors. The drones are outfitted with thermal cameras and the Aeryon HDZoom30 camera, which has an extended zoom, to look at targets from more than 1,000 feet away.  On Saturday, April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal — the largest quake in 81... read more

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Airbus Releases Satellite Imagery of Nepal Earthquake

April 28, 2015By
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Following Nepal’s devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake on Saturday, Airbus Defence and Space has acquired Pléiades satellites imagery to support the International Charter and Copernicus Emergency Management Service. The data acquired will assist in assessing the damage and help rescue organizations in the delivery of humanitarian aid. The before and after Pléiades images over Kathmandu (full image can be downloaded here) show... read more

Alta Systems Balloon: Oblique Imagery Capture with a Light Footprint

June 5, 2014By
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Three weeks ago, GPS World / Geospatial Solutions held a webinar highlighting new technologies for imagery and data capture. The webinar had four presenters: Paul Smith of CycloMedia, Ted Ralston with Soft Power Solutions, Peter VanAmburgh from IIF Data, and John Ciampa CEO of Alta. You can view a YouTube video of the session. Because webinar time is limited, we... read more