Base Technologies: IT's Recovery Role in New Orleans

By Baselinemag  |  Posted 2006-03-06 Print this article Print

Which disaster recovery systems to put in the field.

New Orleans had advanced systems in place before Katrina, but the storm forced the city to ramp up field systems in a hurry.

Voice-over-Internet Protocol phone system Cisco network switches and VoIP phones Cisco Systems
Financial management Great Plains Financials Microsoft
Building permit management Accela Land Management Accela
Web portal and content management system Custom solution developed with Microsoft .NET technologies Imagine Software (functioning as the city's project management office)
Geographic Information System ArcGIS ESRI
Mesh network,wireless broadband Tropos MetroMesh, Motorola Canopy Tropos Networks, Motorola
Surveillance cameras for police, homeland security Sony
During Katrina Crisis
Improvised emergency phone system Vonage VoIP service,Linksys routers Vonage,Cisco Systems
Field-transportable satellite communications and Wi-Fi networking unit Unisys Mobile CommHub (incorporates the Cisco 3200 Mobile Access Router) Unisys
Ruggedized laptops Panasonic Toughbook Panasonic
Property inspections Accela Land Management (expanded and customized version) Accela
Web-based property damage assessment reports Custom developed,incorporating data from Accela applications, GIS mapping and other city databases Imagine Software


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