MapInfo Launches Government Grant Program for Mission-Critical Homeland Security Practices
Leading Location-based Intelligence Company to Donate Complete Homeland Security Solution to Government Municipalities
TROY, NY, June 17, 2002 - MapInfo Corporation (Nasdaq: MAPS) today announced that it will
donate its leading location-based intelligence solutions to 100 local government municipalities in the
United States for the development and deployment of homeland security and continuity initiatives.
MapInfo´s software and data will help assist small- to medium -sized municipalities leverage location
intelligence to protect its people and assets through detection, preparedness, prevention, protection and disaster recovery.
MapInfo´s location-based intelligence technology enables government organizations, such as FEMA,
US Marshals Service and the New York City Police Department, to easily visualize, understand and
view data about people, places and resources. MapInfo´s homeland security solutions are ideal for
planning and personnel and asset management, as well as rapid reaction and response to emergency
"MapInfo´s homeland security grant program will enable us to efficiently display spatial data on the
Internet and provide data to field workers via a laptop or handheld device. This solution will provide a bridge for us to share data across departments, including public works, public utilities, police and fire departments," said Michael Dunlop, director of bureau information services, City of Troy, New York. "This grant program is ideal for small cities. It allows us to sustain spatial data across the enterprise without needing to have a large GIS department. The technology offers a user-friendly interface and critical capabilities that will enable the strategic and tactical management of our daily operations."
MapInfo software easily integrates with existing IT infrastructure, eliminating the need for additional technology investments. Both internal and external databases can be accessed with MapInfo, so multiple government organizations can share data in different formats. With the power to convert any address or landmark into a point on a map, MapInfo´s homeland security solutions enable government
organizations to make better-informed decisions to protect its citizens and assets.
"We needed a homeland security and emergency response solution that would enable us to share
critical location information across the entire county," said Bob Pauls, director of computing services, Jackson County, Illinois. "By joining the MapInfo Homeland Security Grant program, we will be able to share location information regarding flood areas, storm patterns, earthquake regions, and homeland security practices with county law enforcement and emergency response personnel via the Internet. The power to share MapInfo´s location intelligence and homeland security technology across multiple municipalities will enable us to drastically decrease emergency response times and help us become the best prepared county in Southern Illinois."
Municipalities with populations of less than 150,000 are eligible for MapInfo´s Government Grant
Program. To qualify, they must also submit a homeland security, public safety or continuity of
government plan for the use of MapInfo software. Selected municipalities will receive:
- MapInfo Professional(R)--the industry´s leading location-intelligence solution for performing
sophisticated and detailed data analysis to drive insightful decisions, as well as, data creation to
plan logistics and prepare for emergency response.
- MapInfo(R) Discovery(TM)--an enterprise-wide solution that is an extension to MapInfo Professional,
Discovery enables users to quickly and easily share interactive location analysis reports and maps
via the Internet or intranet for enhanced decision-making across the entire organization.
- MapInfo(R) StreetPro(R) Display County--database contains addressed street segments with the most
accurate data on the market for up-to-date analysis and timely emergency response practices. This
data is pre-integrated with MapInfo software for rapid deployment of homeland security initiatives.
- MapInfo(R) MapMarker(R) Plus County--MapInfo´s powerful geocoding engine easily adds
geographic coordinates to every record in a database, enabling users to map, analyze and share
homeland security data in an instant.
"Location intelligent technology has been a major part of government organizations´ IT budgets for the
past 16 years. In the country´s current state of heightened awareness, it is now more important than
ever to identify and understand location-based intelligence to help protect citizens," said Brian Lantz,
vice president and advisor to homeland security and continuity issues, MapInfo. "By donating software
to small municipalities with tight budgets, MapInfo will empower them to more effectively protect
their people and assets."
To learn more about this exciting new program, please visit MapInfo at the Federal Grants for
Homeland Defense Programs Training Conference on Tuesday, June 18 in Arlington, Virginia. This
conference provides an opportunity for state and local emergency management agencies and federal
grant executives to network. MapInfo is a co-sponsor and exhibitor at this event. For the latest
information about MapInfo´s public safety initiatives, check out the latest MapInfo Magazine (pdf).
Please visit this page, for more information about MapInfo´s homeland
security grant program.
MapInfo Corporation is a global software company that integrates software, data and services to help
customers realize greater value from location-based information and drive more insightful decisions.
MapInfo solutions are available in 20 languages through a network of strategic partners and
distribution channels in 60 countries. Headquartered in Troy, NY, MapInfo Corporation is on the
World Wide Web.
MapInfo and its products are registered trademarks of MapInfo Corporation.
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