Portugal’s Security Services Share Data, Configurable Apps to Aid Public Safety
In recent years—and largely after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States—national security has become more important for governments around the world. Many of them realized how critical it is to create a collaborative environment that various security organizations and agencies can use to ensure citizen safety.
Portugal’s Ministry of Internal Administration (known by its Portuguese acronym MAI) is responsible for public security and emergency management, in addition to supporting the electoral administration, road safety agency, and immigration and refugee affairs. With this increased focus on national security, the MAI was compelled to get Portugal’s security forces and services to work in a more coordinated and integrated manner.
To that end, Esri Portugal—Sistemas e Informação Geográfica, S.A.—and telecommunications company Altice, in collaboration with MAI, built a geospatial platform called GeoMAI that allows security personnel from a range of organizations to integrate data so they know where dangerous situations are happening, how these incidents are unfolding, and what to do to quickly and appropriately quell them. The platform aggregates Esri technology—including ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, and several apps—along with solution engineering and consulting and training services...