Monday, November 5, 2012

ESRI Rocks! - Smartphone Disaster Survey Templates

In an effort to expand the utility of its various services that support the Emergency Services Sector (ESS), GIS software giant ESRI is promoting ready-to-use Damage Survey templates that work on iPhones, iPads and Android devices.  To help novice users understand how to use this approach, ESRI is also hosting a web page with step-by-step instructions, as well as an example online viewer showing downed trees that have been hypothetically reported for Hurricane Sandy.  Links below, provide more information:

Comment: As the title says, ESRI has my admiration for this effort. A point further reinforced by a layer they are offering in the example map: U.S. National Grid!  Ya, it's all those red boxes you are seeing in the example viewer - the very same ones noted on Friday that the "with it" folks at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team are using to track Civil Air Patrol imagery. Hey, Google - are your Crisis Response folks paying attention?  Here are some links if your worker bees would like to know what's going on:

Lead graphic: Jeff Shaner,

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