December 11, 2008 By News Report
Photo: Providence, R.I.
Rhode Island Department of Public Safety Director Colonel Brendan Doherty and E 9-1-1 Associate Director Ray LaBelle today presented representatives of nearly 30 Rhode Island communities with new computer technology to help them more accurately plan for a variety of local emergencies.
"Pictometry access brings public safety technology to a higher level of service and excellence," noted Doherty.
The "Pictometry" software allows community leaders to access a digital library of images of a local landscape to see buildings, street lights, fire hydrants and other landmarks from both high-level and low-level angles. This is extremely important imagery technology for first responder missions, GIS mapping, and transportation and community planning.
Associate Director of E 9-1-1 Ray LaBelle said "Every community in Rhode Island will benefit from the multiple interfaces this technology will provide to them."
This is the software that is used by the Emergency 911 center to help describe the location of incoming emergency calls to first responders in cities and towns across the state. Now, thanks to a federal Homeland Security grant from the R.I. Emergency Management Agency, local communities can also use that resource.
Four of Rhode Island's largest communities, Providence, Cranston, Warwick and Newport have already adopted this technology.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.