As a new member of the GIS Consortium, the top priority in Lake
Forest has been getting data ready for New World. New World used in some
of the other Consortium communities, is a CAD software that uses GIS to
map out the location of where calls are coming from.
Lake Forest is responsible for dispatching calls for both Police and
Fire for the city, as well as the surrounding communities of Highwood
for Police and Lake Bluff and Knollwood for Fire. Since there were many
detailed paper maps on hand, having this data available at the
dispatchers’ fingertips will greatly improve efficiency and response
time. There will also be a version of New World running on Toughbook
laptops that will be in the emergency vehicles to assist in giving
Much of the data being used for this implementation was updated and
standardized before it was ready to be loaded onto the test server. Once
the data is running live, edits will be carried out by Specialists and
can be loaded into the active map to keep updates being entered as soon
as they come in.
In preparing the data for the New World project, we now have many of
the key layers needed for the GISC data conversion out of the way, and
this will aid in our progress of delivering MapOffice™ to Lake Forest
employees as soon as possible.