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Emergency Management Southland and Hamilton City Council tap into IBM cloud

Emergency Management Southland and Hamilton City Council are using the IBM cloud to expand and improve the quality of information and services delivered to employees and the public.

They’ve both implemented Eagle Technology’s cloud-based Esri ArcGIS mapping applications and tools.

Emergency Management Southland, which provides civil defence services on behalf of four councils, uses a web-based emergency management planning application to illustrate the location of critical infrastructure, transport routes and potential hazards. The ‘Lifelines’ application is designed to be accessible from any location to help civil defence and council officials with emergency planning and response efforts.

“Natural disasters don’t recognise local authority boundaries, and employees from the Lifelines organisations need to easily share maps and other data-rich files to effectively manage and coordinate emergency response,” says Neil Cruikshank, manager, Emergency Management Southland.

“Making Lifelines available in the cloud improves accessibility to services, even during periods of heavy demand or in situations where physical access to council buildings is limited.”

In Hamilton, the city council is using the cloud-based mapping solution to provide people with the ability to search detailed rating and property value information for any property in the city via computer and smartphone devices. Eagle Technology’s cloud-based solution uses IBM’s Virtual Server Service.




At the recent ESRI GIS users' conference, the Hamilton City Council indicated that they were using the Eagle/IBM cloud for GIS only until their own data centre was commissioned. They would then take it back out of the cloud and host it internally.



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