Maryland connects emergency geospatial data between counties

Several Maryland counties will now be able to share sensitive geospatial information and maps through a new interoperable data exchange (INDEX) developed by Lockheed Martin. Emergency responders and county governments in Montgomery, Frederick and Prince George’s Counties are now linked through INDEX which publishes data and reports on demand.

The exchange is designed to facilitate emergency information transfer across jurisdictions during incidents that happen at or near county borders.

“This data exchange initiative is much more than sharing information over the internet. In addition, we are leveraging the which allows the secure transfer of all data between jurisdictions across the region,” said Marshall Stevenson, Frederick County IIT/Enterprise Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Manager.

The exchange is the first delivery in a project funded by the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program which Maryland was awarded in 2009. The state hopes that through the exchange project law enforcement and first responders will be able to manage information flow more quickly and enhance response efforts during crisis situations. The company claims that the project data will be measurable so that county officials can evaluate how well the project is working.

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