insider

Safe Communities Meet Up Features Senior Advisor to the White House, Program Lead from Department of Homeland Security

Law enforcement across the country are working to fulfill the President’s Police Data Initiative (PDI) to improve public trust and police legitimacy. GIS is an invaluable tool to help communities use open data to protect lives, property, and critical infrastructure. Esri has committed a vast amount of software and resources to help police departments across the nation access and understand information in order to keep communities safer.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Data (HIFLD) provides national foundation-level geospatial data that can be used to support community preparedness, resiliency, research, and more. Esri’s ArcGIS platform is the system that provides access to this information.
Tonight, Esri will be hosting a meet up for federal and local government leaders, GIS technologists and developers at the Esri R&D facility in Arlington, Va., so communities and law enforcement agencies can:
–          Get the most out of their authoritative location data and use HIFLD data
–          Configure and deploy maps and apps for public consumption and safety
–          Take advantage of ArcGIS Open Data Initiative for Law Enforcement
Travis Hardy, Geospatial Practice Lead at Ardent Management Consulting (ArdentMC), an Esri partner, shared the following on the importance of HIFLD Open:
“We believe HIFLD Open represents a new paradigm shift for both ‘how’ and ‘for whom’ DHS can deliver foundation-level geospatial data that supports the entire Homeland Security enterprise. Using the ArcGIS platform, Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, Commercial Sector, and Academia can come together to interact with open foundation-level geospatial information to help strengthen and protect the resiliency of our Nation’s critical infrastructure. No longer is open data simply ‘digital exhaust’ billowing out from the Federal Government. Rather, by using Open Data for ArcGIS, we now have a ‘data engine’ that is fueled by active community engagement to drive a whole-of-the-Nation approach for helping to make our Homeland a safer place.”
Tonight’s presentations include:
The White House Police Data Initiative: Using Data and Technology to Build Community Trust
Denice Ross, Senior Advisor, Community Solutions at The White House Office of Management and Budget
A Whole of the Nation Approach: Homeland Security’s Evolution Towards Disseminating Open Geospatial Data
Mike Donnelly, Program Lead, HIFLD Program, Geospatial Management Office, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Making Smart Communities Safer and More Resilient
Jaclyn Tules, Esri
Attend the event, or learn more about how Esri can help create Safe Communities.

Next Article

Five Story Maps That Remind Us to Be Prepared for the Storm

Read this article