Fairfax County Wins Two FOSE Technology Awards


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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May 20, 2005

 

Fairfax County Wins Two FOSE Technology Awards

Fairfax County won two technology awards at the FOSE trade show held last month in Washington, D.C. for its advancements in electronic mapping and emergency response. The county garnered the honors for displays at two of the show’s government pavilions; E-Town and Homeland Security. More than 20 governmental agencies displayed their applications and services in these two areas. The E-Town pavilion featured the latest e-services from federal, state, local and international agencies, while the Homeland Security Center featured a diverse mix of federal, state and local government agencies demonstrating the latest homeland security solutions and technologies.

The county earned the E-Town Award in recognition of its Enterprise GIS Integration. The success of that approach was demonstrated at FOSE with the beta version of the “My Neighborhood” Web application. Tom Conry, Fairfax’s GIS manager, noted the tool is designed to provide the “where” for content of the county’s Web site. For any address in the county, users can find information on the nearest schools, parks, emergency medical facilities, and police and fire stations. Coming soon, the application will provide crime information, demographics, and more detailed park searching. One resident who visited the county exhibit said, “It’s amazing to be able to get all this information on the Web at one location.”

The Homeland Security Center Award was given to the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) for its “Notifier” application, a GIS-enabled emergency response system that allows the CSB to integrate service sites and critical information for emergency and disaster planning and response. This notification system, built with assistance from the county's Department of Systems Management for Human Services, follows the county's Emergency Operations Plan for response, evacuation and recovery of all county facilities and sites occupied by the CSB’s special needs population. Federal and state mandates provide directives to the CSB to take protective measures at its service sites in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. The CSB is the public agency responsible for planning, organizing and providing mental health, mental retardation, alcohol and drug and infant and toddler intervention services to residents of Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. One conference attendee noted, “I live in Fairfax County, and I am proud of our achievements.” Another said, “I feel safer knowing you guys are working to make us safe.”

For information on GIS Integration, contact Cindy Crisler, GIS customer service supervisor, at 703-324-4366, TTY 711. For more information on the CSB Notifier, contact Ruth Gerbec, CSB public information officer, at 703-324-7000, TTY 703-802-3015. 

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