How FME Helps Emergency Services and Policing

First responders devote their time and energy to saving lives in our communities. For them to do this, they must have as much information as possible regarding a situation and they need it to be available as soon as possible. Learn how FME has been used to deliver data and information to local heroes.

Calculate the Fastest Routes

When there’s an emergency, first responders need to try and get there as soon as possible. By processing local geospatial data and applying them to mapping systems, first responders can access the quickest routes based on their location.

Bring Life Saving Information Together

Integrate and exchange data between various systems like 911 dispatch systems or records management systems to enable dispatchers, paramedics, firefighters, coast guards, or police forces to access various datasets related to their emergency case.

Deliver Situational Awareness

Conduct real-time analysis of variables such as topography or property boundaries and deliver insight to those on the ground. Whether you’re assessing risk or dealing with active crimes, understanding the surroundings is critical to keeping people safe.

Leverage Citizen Engagement

Harvest intelligence from citizens via social media platforms like Instagram or Twitter to learn more about who and what may be at risk during an emergency. Even use the coordinates of geotagged photos to gauge how wide an emergency spreads.

Reduce Manual Efforts

Automatically run integration workflows in the background while your team is out helping citizens to ensure you always have data that is ready to use. Create maps, generate reports, and even send mobile notifications.

Create Open Data Portals

Organize, transform, and even anonymize your data to prepare it for open data portals so that it can be shared with the public. Bring your data into platforms like Socrata to make the transition from private to public even easier!

Customer Stories

RCMP

As the largest division of the Canadian National Police Service, the RCMP in the province of British Columbia has the responsibility of keeping the third most populous province safe. To do so, they rely on mapping systems to aid with dispatching efforts and distributing open data to the community. With FME Desktop, they have been able to streamline and automate their data remodeling processes as well as anonymize crime data that they make available to the public. With both time and money saved thanks to FME, officers and dispatchers have been able to aid the community more effectively.

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London Fire Brigade

Emergency response times heavily relies on the ability to communicate and move quickly. The London Fire Brigade wanted to increase the efficiency of their routing system and the distribution of information between human resources and 102 fire stations. To do this, they used FME Desktop to streamline their data management into a single, authoritative geospatial database. Workflows can now be run automatically thanks to FME Server, making the processing of over 12,000 routes 95% faster. After experiencing the power of FME, the LFB is now working to implement FME in other projects like translating data to off stakeholders insight and to distribute data for local initiatives like the Southwark Council’s Arson Task Force.

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London Fire Brigade

Cunning Running Software

As the developers of vulnerability assessment software, Cunning Running Software has a variety of built-in tools that transform data for their users to create informative outputs. What the user doesn’t see is that when their data is actually being transformed using FME Desktop. Behind the scenes, there are workflows running to create raster backdrops, display vectors as shapefiles, and merge data into layered PDF’s that can be easily distributed. FME has helped to assist Cunning Running with projects like the Rocket and Mortar Position Ranking and Analysis System (RAM-PRAS) and with searching for high-risk missing persons to aid UK Police Search Advisers.

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What People Are Saying About FME

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    "Just when we think we’ve mastered it, we find new functionality in FME. I’m constantly surprised by its capabilities. We have lots of projects on the horizon; I’d like to increase the use of FME across the organisation."

    John Cook, London Fire Brigade
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    "The value of FME is realized in the time that is saved and devoted to other important tasks."

    Robert Schultz, RCMP E Division
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    "FME enabled us to reduce our data preparation process from two weeks to two hours with one mouse click."

    Lou Manglass, Athens-Clarke County Police Department

Related Resources

Webinar How Data Fuels Superior Emergency Management & Services Watch and Learn
Webinar How to Manage Open Police Data Watch and Learn
Article Calculate Emergency Response Travel Times Learn More
Article Why You Should Care About Spatial Data Learn More
Presentation Supporting Situational Awareness at LAX Using FME Server View Slides
Presentation Advancing the Police Data Initiative View Slides