Microsoft and ESRI have combined their geospatial and collaborative technologies to offer intelligence for state and local data fusion centres and emergency operations centres.
The FusionX Appliance is a baseline IT architecture combining ESRI's ArcGIS Server Advanced Enterprise with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. It will offer management dashboards, access to terabytes of pre-rendered base maps and imagery, an advanced situational awareness portal with support for GeoRSS feeds, Keyhole Markup Language feeds, and best practices.
Microsoft this will enable fusion centre directors to visualise patterns and trends to help prevent acts of terrorism and crime.
Gail Thomas-Flynn, general manager of Microsoft's state and local government division, said: "Our police forces, sheriff departments, and fusion centre managers are increasingly relying on collaboration tools that help them connect the dots in a world of asymmetrical threats. Microsoft and ESRI's FusionX Appliance provides the layman- to expert-level technology that can facilitate the intake, analysis, visualisation, and dissemination of information."