more. The satellites keep a constant eye on the Earth's surface from its orbit more than 500 miles overhead. For example, after a fire, Spot can provide rapid response imagery to help officials map out the extent of the damage by providing an image that might show the area covered by a fire scar.

Users can select Spot's programming service by purchasing different packages, which include red, blue, stereo and turnkey services. Red service provides users with exclusive rights to the number of imaging attempts needed for the person's studies, situation analysis, monthly reports on imaging attempts and more; the blue service is used for non-urgent requests; stereo services is for acquiring Spot stereopairs or stereoscopic coverage of broad areas; and turnkey services offer hands-on services for single images or an entire project.

For more information, contact Spot Image Corp., 1897 Preston White Dr., Reston, VA 22091. Call 703/715-3137 or send e-mail to

Public Safety and More

International Public Safety (formerly Intergraph Public Safety) has long been a provider of emergency response systems to state and local governments. It offers a wide range of applications, from I/Management and Reporting System (I/MARS) to I/Calltaker, and from I/Dispatcher to I/Computer Aided Dispatch system (I/CAD).

I/MARS allows users to extract data from various systems and turn that data into information. It can assimilate data from a variety of sources in existing systems and integrate it with the I/MARS programs. In turn, this information can be presented in many forms, including charts, maps, graphs and reports. When an accident occurs, reliable information about the time and place of the incident can be provided for informed decision-making. This information can then be compiled and used for analysis. For example, although you cannot predict when a specific accident might happen in a traffic intersection, you can use the system to calculate the probability of it happening on a specific day at a specific hour.

I/Calltaker performs call-taking and incident-entry functions in all public safety dispatch environments. I/Calltaker allows each agency's communication center to customize forms to accommodate its own way of gathering and reporting data. An on-screen form shows operators what information to record while the automatic number identification and automatic location information program takes data from the Enhanced 911 telephone database and loads it into the form. Some of its other functions include event location processing, customization of event types, areas for dispatchers to make remarks associated with the emergency and the ability to check the location of the event.

Considered the hub of Intergraph's safety solutions, I/CAD helps dispatchers make better judgment calls when dispatching resources in an emergency. It features incident entry, two-way communication with mobile resource units in the field, and provides a single system to store, use and report information including addresses, incident histories, hospital downtime and unit activities. It also features fully interactive maps that include information on streets, highways, building blueprints, HAZMAT flags, fire hydrants, power lines, rivers, lakes, railroad lines and more. An operator can query the system and route units to locations by the shortest time, distance, fewest turns or intersections and other criteria.

For more information, contact International Public Safety at 800/345-4856 or visit its Web site at

Calls From The Field

Communication is probably one of the most important elements in any emergency situation. Emergency crews have to be able to call in and get accurate directions during a crisis. This is why a top-notch, reliable cellular phone is crucial during disasters of any kind. Perhaps one of the most popular cellular phone product lines comes from Motorola. It offers an extensive line of cellular phones to meet a variety of needs, including the StarTAC 8600, the Profile Series 300, the Secure Clear models 3325 and 3367,