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Protection and security

Part of preventing a major incident, whether man-made or environmental, is identifying high-risk sites. It is important to identify all the physical parts of our critical national infrastructure, including government buildings, sites of cultural identity or prestige sites where large numbers of people congregate, like stadiums or large office complexes.

The use of our geographic data for analysis and data sharing is vital in any disaster management. A large number of emergency services, local authorities and central government organisations rely on our data to support civil contingency planning and public safety.

Highly detailed street-level mapping, where each feature is assigned a unique reference, can provide an accurate overview of a specific area.

Our geographic data provides vital location intelligence for:

  • Analysis and planning
  • Identification and management of risk
  • Collaborative working
  • Operations and logistics
  • Rapid incident response
  • Contingency planning

Case studies

With two-thirds of London 2012 events taking place within its boundaries, the London Borough of Newham wanted to develop an incident management system and Extranet that would provide the intelligence needed to underpin activities during the Olympic Games.

With average high risk property loss rates during fires of up to £4,200 per minute, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) used mapping from Ordnance Survey.

During an emergency planning exercise Portsmouth City Council used their geographical information system (GIS) to quickly locate and order specialist equipment and supplies.

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