The Innovation of this new technology enhances how we live and work in Calgary, as information from multiple different systems is shared for all those who need it – The City of Calgary decision makers, Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) and CEMA members. To date, the project has put over 200 layers of vital geographic mapping information into the hand of these users, enabling better analysis and quicker decision making in emergency situations.
Citizen Orientation was also clearly a major driver for the GEM Project - customers and citizens need services as fast as possible in the event of an emergency. With critical geographic information at their fingertips, MEP members possess a powerful tool to ensure response is coordinated and as immediate as possible; thus improving public safety for the citizens. In addition, the COP tool improves our government’s Transparency with citizens by helping to provide a clear view of what’s going on during an emergency, using location as the key component to tie everything together. The COP tool generates maps for both the Calgary.ca web platform, as well as for the media.
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