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Microsoft research project could aid disaster communication

Emergency Management Alert, December 9, 2008

One of the biggest hurdles during a major disaster is coordination and communication between all parties involved, which often include, fire and police departments, local government, and even the FBI, in addition to hospitals.

In an attempt to mitigate those reoccurring issues, Microsoft is attempting to inject better technology into the equation. Currently the company is working on a data and visualization mapping tool that would update information from a variety of sources in real time, according to Computer World.

The tool, codenamed “Eagle 1,” pulls information from multiple databases using geospatial mapping technology. The map would be displayed on one screen and could even be presented on a Microsoft Surface Table. Along with schools and military bases, the model would show hospitals in the area and even confirm how many patients are in each facility.

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