Geocove, Inc. Earns Contract to Provide GIS-Based Technology to Melbourne, Australia Metropolitan Fire Brigade

  --- Geocove, Inc., the Orlando technology firm that developed the award-winning ARM360 GIS-based disaster assessment system for local, state and regional governments and NGOs worldwide, recently earned a contract to provide its ARM360 technology and training to the Melbourne, Australia Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).

Geocove Founder and Chief Executive Officer Karyn Tareen said Geocove specialists have already begun orientation and training of MFB specialists in Melbourne.

Geocove’s proprietary ARM360 disaster assessment software permits disaster response authorities to assess damage from fire, storm or other disasters throughout the area they serve accurately and in real time.

Tareen said the system was designed to be user-friendly and intuitive.

“Once we deploy the system, orienting field personnel arms them with the fastest and most accurate pictures of disaster effects, impacts and damages they can get,” Tareen explained.

Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade serves an area that covers more than 1,000 square kilometers---386 square miles, that’s larger than Dallas, Louisville, or San Diego---and includes four million residents, workers and visitors as well as billions of dollars of assets and infrastructure.

William Drysdale, Commander of Special Operations and Search and Rescue for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, said Geocove’s ARM360 technology won out over more than a dozen competitors due to its features and ease of use.

“We will use Geocove’s ARM360 technology at both small and large emergency events,” Commander Drysdale said. “ARM360 allows responders in the field to gather intelligence simply and easily, and Command Staff can view the scene and plan deployments in real time,” Drysdale added.

Tareen said Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade is a marquee client.

“Geocove is thrilled to have ARM360 selected as the go-to damage assessment system by such a prestigious agency as Melbourne’s MFB,” Tareen said. 

“It proves that a well built emergency system can support not only the U.S.-based FEMA documentation and emergency requirements but support the Emergency Management community around the world,” she said.


Geocove is a member of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program in the Central Florida Research Park in East Orange County.

About Geocove

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 or or

About the UCF Business Incubation Program

Since its founding in 1999, the UCF Business Incubation Program has helped more than 300 emerging companies (including more than 134 current clients) create over $363 million in annual total economic output and more than 3,120 new jobs (taking direct and indirect and induced impact into account) with an average salary of $60,000. With nine facilities across the Greater Orlando community, the Business Incubation Program is a collaboration in economic development among the University of Central Florida, Orange County, the City of Orlando, Seminole County, the City of Apopka, the City of Winter Springs, the City of Sanford, Osceola County, the City of Kissimmee, City of St. Cloud, Volusia County and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council.  For more information about the Program and its clients and graduates, please visit www.incubator.ucf.eduand UCFBIP on Facebook, on


For more information contact:  

Karyn Tareen, President/CEO, Geocove, Inc., 407-210-3925 Ext 1,

Carol Ann Dykes, Site Manager, UCF Business Incubator-Central Fla. Research Park, 407-207-7426,

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications Inc 407-644 4142

Published Friday, February 22nd, 2013

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