[D4H] Adds Esri GIS MapSAR Integration

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Maps are at the core of any Search and Rescue (SAR) operation. Geographic information system (GIS) software allows rescue personnel to quickly generate maps that depict specific aspects of the operation and show what is happening on the ground over time. D4H Technologies have released yet another integration with Esri to allow for quick MapSAR member management.

MapSAR is a free tool that runs with Esri ArcGIS 10, 10.1, and 10.2 to store geospatial information, enabling SAR maps to be generated, stored, and printed quickly so that search teams can get out the door faster to look for the missing person.

We've added a new integration that allows you to quickly convert an attendance list, with roles and qualifications from D4H Decisions into Esri MapSAR. This single-click export will both save time and give you more accurate data to work with in Esri.

A big thanks to Peter Devanney (Ottawa SAR) for inspiring this integration and Paul Doherty (Esri) for supporting and promoting it amongst the GIS community.

D4H MapSAR Export

To export a file compatible with MapSAR, simply press the 'MapSAR' button above any attendance list on Incidents, Training Exercises, and Events. You'll also find the export linked on the right side Exports menu. Once clicked, you'll get a .csv file you can import directly into Esri ArcGIS MapSAR.

MapSAR Import

This YouTube Video by the NAPSG Foundation (Supporting the public safety and homeland security communities in the advancement of data interoperability and information sharing, through geospatial technology, in support of local and national emergency preparedness) outlines the process for Importing and Exporting Team Member information in MapSAR.

How To Get Started

This upgrade is free for all accounts. A D4H Decisions Account Owner must switch on the MapSAR export by visiting Settings -> Integrations -> Esri GIS. It's simple. You're welcome to contact us on [email protected] anytime.

Image Credits: Banner Image, Esri http://www.mapsar.net.

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