ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2014) --- The Melbourne, Australia Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) recently put Geocove’s GIS-based disaster assessment system – ARM 360 – into operation for the first time to assess damage from five fires.
Karyn Tareen, president and chief executive officer of Geocove, Inc., said the State of Victoria had a number of severe grass fire and bush fires. The two areas where Arm 360 was deployed encompass several hundred kilometers.
In just over a week, with four teams operating, the MFB assessed 2,385 homes (44 destroyed, 1449 undamaged, 870 affected and 22 damaged but habitable). The teams also used ARM 360 to map kilometers of fence and railway lines and rail cars.
“For a first operational use, it went extremely well,” said William Drysdale, commander of Special Operations and Search and Rescue for the MFB, stated. “A number of emergency agencies were dependent on the information we collected which was accurate and comprehensive. The information was collected rapidly and didn’t require second or third visits from recovery agencies,” he added.
Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade serves an area that covers more than 1,000 square kilometers (386 square miles) and includes four million residents, workers and visitors as well as billions of dollars of assets and infrastructure.
Geocove’s proprietary ARM360 disaster assessment system was chosen by Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade last year due to its features and ease of use. The software permits disaster response authorities to assess damage from fire, storm or other disasters throughout the area they serve accurately and in real time and to rapidly obtain highly accurate pictures of disaster effects and damage.
Geocove is a member of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program in the Central Florida Research Park in East Orange County.
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For more information contact:
Karyn Tareen, President/CEO, Geocove, Inc., 407-210-3925 Ext 1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Ann Dykes, Site Manager, UCF Business Incubation Program- Central Fla Research Park, 407-207-7426; email@example.com
Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc. 407-644-4142 Lvershelco@aol.com
Geocove, Inc. provides scalable assessment solutions built using the power of GIS across a multitude of industries. The Geocove team has extensive experience in providing assessment, reporting and mapping tools for emergency management, building officials, public health and other government agencies as well as utilities and other private industries. Geocove, Inc., a privately held corporation located in central Florida, is an authorized partner of Esri, the world’s leading GIS software provider. Please visit www.geocove.com or www.facebook.com/geocove.
About the UCF Business Incubation Program
The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a non-profit community resource, which provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth/impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped hundreds of local startup companies (including nearly 150 current clients and 100 graduates) reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.
With eight facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando, St. Cloud and Winter Springs. From October 2011 to June 2013, the UCF network of current and graduated clients has helped create a total regional output of over $620 million resulting in a $6.16 return for every $1.00 invested in the program while sustaining (directly and indirectly) over 3,300 jobs in the Central Florida region. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu.