Government upgrades online emergency mapping tool


The Civil Contingencies Secretariat and Airbox Systems have launched a new version of the ResilienceDirect online emergency mapping platform.

According to a statement, the tool provides “a single codified place” for emergency services to “plan for and brief all types of resilience events across the UK.” It will enable operatives to visualise situations as well as providing “a focal point and a single source of truth.”

New functionality includes grid creation, mapping markers and What3Words integration. The platform also includes surface water flood nowcasting, introduced in collaboration with Professor Dapeng Yu at Loughborough University.

Speaking of the solution, a spokesperson said: “The standard functionality includes access to a range of very high-quality mapping, overlays and data feeds produced by UK national agencies such as the Met Office. It also includes annotation tools to add information to the maps, and also tools to interrogate information such as the ability to view and export addresses within given areas."

Head of ResilienceDirect, Luana Avagliano, said: “As ever the needs of the user drive our ResilienceDirect mapping capability. It is imperative that in this ever-challenging and changing world, we stay up-to-date and embrace emerging technologies." 

The new service - which went live earlier this month - is free at the point of use, and available to all UK category 1 and 2 responders.

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