Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service selects Infoterra’s Imass fire product suite to provide emergency location and risk Information solution

March 29, 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.

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 organizations supporting a safe systems of work needed to optimise performance of front line resources.

Already a successful user of Infoterra’s hydrant location and management information solution - Hydra, Hertfordshire FRS has selected Infoterra to supply the mobile data solution for the 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 front line crews using the in cab solution, data will be managed by the support team back at Hertfordshire’s 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 too and in attendance at incidents which, in an emergency situation, can make a huge difference.”

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

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