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GPS Saves Lives During Disasters

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Uploaded on Sep 15, 2010

Geospatial information is more than just a handheld GPS receiver used to navigate personal travel. Geospatial intelligence helps with homeland security. Digital maps can unite people across the world and even save lives.

After last January's earthquake in Haiti, geographic information systems (GIS) helped first responders map cities, locate survivors and distribute aid.

Penn State Public Broadcasting's four-part online video series, The Geospatial Revolution Project, tells how geospatial information transforms lives. The first of the series' episodes focuses on how geospatial technology aided first responders during the Haitian earthquake relief efforts.

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