Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Morris County has unveiled a computerized address management system that will aid emergency services personnel in locating specific addresses when responding to emergency calls.

The managed address database, developed by the Morris County Department of Planning and Development, will be of particular assistance in trying to find a specific unit or office in a multi-tenant building.

Steve Rice, manager of the county’s Geographic Information System, said the database is able to pinpoint a specific apartment or office in a building that will usually show up on most other mapping systems as one address.

He told the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders that the county’s new system has dramatically improved the accuracy of locating specific addresses from about 70 percent to 98 percent.

The initial use of the system is for 9-1-1 and other emergency calls. In the future, towns and other county agencies will also be able to use the system to meet such local needs as crime analysis, emergency notifications and quickly identifying residences occupied by the elderly or persons with disabilities.