Increasing use of wireless GIS by GISC Fire Departments

​Last year the GIS Consoritum (GISC) conducted a survey of the member
Fire Departments. Among the topics was the use of wireless in the field
along with the type of records management systems used. The goal was to
set the vision for future MapOffice™ Advanced development to assure its
continued support of Public Safety. The results from the survey
reinforce the notion that more and more local governments are turning to
technology to improve the efficiency of business processes. More than
half (63%) of Fire Departments covering GISC communities have wireless
in the field right now with an additional 3 communities providing
wireless in the field within the next two years. That said by 2013, 80%
of GISC members will have access to MapOffice™ Advanced in the field to
use for emergency response.

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As a result of the survey the GISC will be researching:

  • Providing Mobile Data Viewer (MDV™) functionality in MapOffice™ Advanced
    • Within two (2) years, more than 80% of departments will be supporting wireless in the field
  • Integrating Firehouse in MapOffice™ Advanced
    • Since Firehouse™ is the predominately used software (75%) for
      pre-plan and records management, integration with MapOffice™ Advanced is
      critical.
  • Establishing MapOffice™ Advanced functionality if wireless
    connection is not available/down Based on the consortium-wide push
    towards wireless, having a backup version of MapOffice™ Advanced
    available when wireless is down will be essential.

The GISC appreciates the time that the Fire Departments took out of their busy schedules to answer this survey.

Increasing use of wireless GIS by GISC Fire Departments

​Last year the GIS Consoritum (GISC) conducted a survey of the member
Fire Departments. Among the topics was the use of wireless in the field
along with the type of records management systems used. The goal was to
set the vision for future MapOffice™ Advanced development to assure its
continued support of Public Safety. The results from the survey
reinforce the notion that more and more local governments are turning to
technology to improve the efficiency of business processes. More than
half (63%) of Fire Departments covering GISC communities have wireless
in the field right now with an additional 3 communities providing
wireless in the field within the next two years. That said by 2013, 80%
of GISC members will have access to MapOffice™ Advanced in the field to
use for emergency response.

Blog_IncreasinguseofwirelessGISbyGISCFireDepartments.png

As a result of the survey the GISC will be researching:

  • Providing Mobile Data Viewer (MDV™) functionality in MapOffice™ Advanced
    • Within two (2) years, more than 80% of departments will be supporting wireless in the field
  • Integrating Firehouse in MapOffice™ Advanced
    • Since Firehouse™ is the predominately used software (75%) for
      pre-plan and records management, integration with MapOffice™ Advanced is
      critical.
  • Establishing MapOffice™ Advanced functionality if wireless
    connection is not available/down Based on the consortium-wide push
    towards wireless, having a backup version of MapOffice™ Advanced
    available when wireless is down will be essential.

The GISC appreciates the time that the Fire Departments took out of their busy schedules to answer this survey.