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Pinpoint locations with greater accuracy for more informed decisions

Posted 30 September 2013 by Sean Fishlock (Crisisworks)

Most emergency managers will tell you how critical capturing accurate location information is to making informed decisions during a crisis situation. It's called geolocation and it is actually pivotal for effective crisis management. If you put the wrong information into the system, you'll get the wrong information out of it, which can have significant consequences.

The problem with using some mapping services, such as Google Maps, is that not only their maps can be inaccurate, but also the addresses the database. Which can lead to serious mistakes being made. Take for example a new housing estate. If the database is out of date, a property may actually appear not to exist.

Crisisworks users told us that they wanted a more reliable geolocation service that makes it easier for field officers to accurately capture location information and we've listened. Crisisworks 3.5 makes resolving locations easier and more accurate than ever before.

Share Your Location

Whether you're using Crisisworks on a mobile phone, tablet or laptop, Crisisworks 3.5 provides you with the ability to capture your current location.

The locality aware feature will work with on any device that supports GPS or GPRS and uses HTML5 geolocation. Crisisworks asks you when you first log on whether you'd like to share your location, and you can enable it at any time using the crosshairs icon.

New Asset/Location Search

Crisisworks supports a new asset location search engine. You can now query locations by address, asset or Point of Interest (POI).

Results are returned based on your current location from available databases to resolve addresses and put a pinpoint on the map (geocoded).

Any location found can be added easily to the Crisisworks asset database.

New Property Data Sources

Crisisworks gives you better ownership of location data with the new Assets Manager, which stores location information on different types of assets and tracks their impact status.

The Asset Manager supports bulk upload of assets via KML as well as sourcing data directly from a range of geolocation services.

For Victorian councils, Vicmap is now available as a data source providing the most accurate and up-to-date state-wide location information sourced directly from council Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Crisisworks administrators in other states are encouraged to upload your own property database for more accurate property lookups.

More to come

This is the first of many planned improvements to geolocation in Crisisworks including reverse geocoding functionality.

Stay tuned for more information on Crisisworks new mapping features.

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