More importantly, the overall response time for fire and EMS crews in Collier County has decreased dramatically. While response times still largely depend on how remotely- or centrally-located a call is within the county, having a reliable database to inform closest unit dispatch assignments and routing has improved emergency response dramatically.
Before learning about Ecopia, Collier County believed there was no alternative to manually digitizing aerial imagery that could match the level of quality they required for use in life-saving emergency response situations.
“To my knowledge, no other company can do what Ecopia does,” continued Peabody. “Other data providers have fragments of what we need with varying levels of accuracy, but no one else can deliver the same reliable real-world information as Ecopia.”
By partnering with Ecopia, Collier County does not need to choose between having accurate data and saving time. Instead, the GIS team can repurpose the thousands of hours spent updating their database manually with other critical projects, knowing they have exactly what they need to identify and route response teams effectively.
“We have a true partnership with Ecopia,” added Bob Finney, Director of Communications Technology for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. “They helped us become early adopters of this next generation 911 technology, ultimately saving more lives throughout the county.”
While all places change each and every day, coastal areas like Collier County are vulnerable to natural disasters that can cause drastic changes not commonly seen in other communities. Just a few months after implementing the Ecopia data, Collier County incurred about $2.2 billion in damages from Hurricane Ian1. Many of these damages involve permanent changes to the landscape, including roads, driveways, and parking lots that impact emergency services. “In our area especially it is critical to maintain an up-to-date record of these features,” said Peabody. “Ecopia’s efficient and reliable feature extraction means we can quickly update our database with changes brought on by Hurricane Ian and other similar events, and adjust emergency planning accordingly.”
As Collier County’s fire and EMS teams continue to reach 911 callers faster thanks to data-driven identification of closest unit dispatch and routing, other emergency response teams are considering implementing the Ecopia data for similar purposes. Law enforcement teams are currently exploring opportunities to leverage the driveway and parking lot data to improve their call response times, which would lead to further lives saved.
“One of our core tenets at Ecopia is using AI for good, and our partnership with Collier County is a great example of how we can apply advanced geospatial technology to save lives,” said Sean Lowery, Senior Director of Product and Business Development at Ecopia. “We look forward to continuing our work with early adopters like Collier County and discovering new ways to empower first responders with AI.”
To learn more about Ecopia’s public safety solutions, contact Sean Lowery, Senior Director of Product and Business Development at Ecopia.