Mar 29, 2010

Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service selects Infoterra solution for emergency location and risk information

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- Infoterra’s Vehicle Mounted Data System to increase operational safety at incidents with on-site access to key data – Follows recent order from Lothian and Borders Fire & Rescue Service

29th March 2010 – Infoterra, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS Astrium, has achieved further success in the Emergency Services market with a new contract to supply a Vehicle Mounted Data System (VMDS) part of the Imass fire product suite, to Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service (FRS).

Infoterra’s Imass fire product suite helps increase on-site operational safety for Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

The announcement follows Infoterra’s recent VMDS contract with Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, and confirms the Infoterra system as the ideal choice for emergency services organisations supporting the safe systems of work that are needed to optimise performance of front line resources.

Already a successful user of Infoterra’s Hydra hydrant location and management information solution, Hertfordshire FRS has selected Infoterra to supply the mobile data solution for its entire appliance fleet. The contract will include the Central Management System, part of the Imass fire suite, to enable seamless delivery of critical risk information to frontline crews using the in-cab solution, with data managed by the support team back at Hertfordshire’s Fire & Rescuse Service Headquarters.

Commenting on the selection of the solution, Group Commander Steve Holton of Hertfordshire FRS, said: “It is essential that our crews have immediate access to the information they need during an emergency. With Infoterra’s VMDS offering we can take advantage of all the key data, from route planning and hydrant locations right through to specialist information such as chemical data, access points, pipelines and vehicle specifications – all direct from our in-cab terminal. Having already used Infoterra’s Hydra hydrant location solution, I can confirm that VMDS is another strong offering from Infoterra. The company’s Emergency Services solutions work well together and, in combination, provide Hertfordshire FRS with a fully integrated Risk Information Solution.”

Andy Kerr, Fire Sector Commercial Manager at Infoterra Ltd added: “we’ve worked closely with Hertfordshire FRS to integrate our VMDS solution with their existing technology. The Operational Information System component of VMDS will be installed on Hertfordshire FRS’s existing Panasonic Toughbooks maximising their existing technology investment across the appliance fleet. When fully live, the Infoterra solution will provide accurate location and risk information supporting operational crews with tactical decisions both en route to and in attendance at incidents. In an emergency situation this can make a huge difference.”

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For further information, please contact:
Cheryl Billson, Infoterra PR, 07791 720460

About Infoterra Ltd

Infoterra Ltd is a leading provider of geographic information products, software and services. Its portfolio of geographic information solutions includes airborne and satellite data acquisition, operational emergency planning systems, geo-information creation, database management and outsourced hosting. Infoterra provides geospatial and software knowledge to companies worldwide to help them make informed decisions. The company has major customers in public safety, government, defence, insurance, utilities, engineering and oil, gas & mineral exploration.

Infoterra Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS Astrium, Europe’s leading space systems and services specialist. Infoterra Ltd, which incorporates Imass Ltd, is part of Spot Infoterra, the Earth Observation Division of Astrium Services.