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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Pictometry Announces Rapid Response Program for Hurricane Impacted Areas at No Additional Charge

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-- Pictometry provided extensive post-aerial imaging services during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Responding local, state, and federal agencies were able to analyze both before and after oblique aerial images of New Orleans from Pictometry. The company also provided onsite support for its software as well as conducted dozens of web-based training programs that enabled users to quickly get up to speed on using its software and imagery.

-- "It's all about oblique imagery when you're talking about visual data for disaster response," said Lee County, FL Property Appraiser Kenneth M. Wilkinson, who used both before and after imagery from Pictometry for damage assessment following Hurricane Charley in 2004. "Pictometry provides a high-impact aerial photography software solution that allows non-technical professionals in a response situation to immediately benefit from the easy-to-use system," said Wilkinson. "Pictometry's Rapid Response Program delivered a quality product that enabled us to quickly assess the damage of the hurricane on our county."

-- 17,000 high-resolution, digital oblique and orthogonal images were captured, processed, and delivered to the City of Chesapeake, VA in 7 days immediately after Hurricane Isabelle in 2003. Over 43,000 total aerial photos were delivered in the two weeks following the storm. "Chesapeake suffered significant damage due to Hurricane Isabel," said City Manager Clarence V. Cuffee. "We needed to have a record of that damage as soon as possible following the storm, before repairs were made and debris collection began. This enhanced aerial photography gave us a complete picture that we were able to use to further analyze the impact and plan for the future."

"County, state, and federal agencies requiring the near-immediate use of post disaster aerial photos can contact Pictometry for our Rapid Response Program for these declared emergencies," said Dante Pennacchia, chief marketing officer for Pictometry. "Our goal is to provide responding agencies with the ability to easily acquire our solution that will enable them to more readily respond to the public in times of crisis."

About Pictometry

Pictometry International is a rapidly growing software company that provides visual information systems. The company's patented imaging process captures georeferenced, high-resolution oblique (at an angle, 3D-like view) and orthogonal (straight down) Intelligent Images(R) of counties and states. Combined with the company's interactive software solution, users can see everywhere, measure anything, and plan everything. The company has a growing customer base exceeding 125 counties, the State of Massachusetts, the State of Rhode Island, federal government organizations, as well as private business users. Major metropolitan areas using Pictometry include Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Applications include 9-1-1, appraisers, assessors, emergency management agencies, engineering, financial institutions, fire departments, GIS, golf communities, homeland security, insurance, law enforcement, planning officials, real estate, and transportation. Pictometry is a second order visualization tool that does not produce authoritative or definitive information (surveying) from its digital, aerial images.


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