November 04, 2009 17:02 ET

ESi and 3-GIS Introduce Tucuxi, a New Joint Venture

AUGUSTA, GA--(Marketwire - November 4, 2009) - ESi®, the developers of WebEOC®, the world's first web-enabled crisis information management software, and 3-GIS, a major provider of geospatial consulting and systems integration services, have announced the formation of a new joint venture company, Tucuxi ("Too-Koo-Shi,"

The new company will develop advanced geospatial software products that provide a common operating picture to crisis response teams and decision makers at emergency operations centers at government and corporate installations around the world.

"Our first release is WebEOC Mapper Professional 2 that brings the power of visualization technology into the emergency operations center," said Adam Geitgey, Tucuxi's chief technology officer. "Without any specialized GIS or mapping expertise, emergency managers can use Mapper 2 to create a dynamic, geographically-based common operating picture utilizing WebEOC situation boards."

"This new version enables users to quickly add new data feeds and map layers, and includes preloaded data feeds, such as live fire locations from MODIS satellites, live hurricane tracks, and National Weather Service river depth gauges for all 50 states," Mr. Geitgey added. "As the only mapping software specifically designed to work with WebEOC, it also has the ability to dynamically push and pull data in and out of WebEOC, making the transfer of data seamless. Mapper 2 is fully supported by 24-hour ESi and Tucuxi customer service, and role-based security and audit logs provide complete control over process security."

Tom Counts, president of 3-GIS, said a number of factors led to the formation of Tucuxi. "We have worked with ESi and their excellent team of software developers for years on the GIS capabilities of their flagship emergency management product, WebEOC. Now we're looking forward to working with them to create new products to meet the growing demand for robust and affordable GIS products."

"WebEOC Mapper Professional 2 will advance crisis management software into areas that were unimaginable only a few years ago," said Nadia Butler, CEO and president of ESi. "We see this new partnership with 3-GIS as the start of a revolution in the way that emergency managers view critical information and create situational awareness," she added.

About ESi

ESi® is the global leader in crisis information management technology and pioneered the market with WebEOC®, the world's first web-enabled emergency management communications system. ESi connects first response teams and decision makers at national, state and local government agencies, healthcare providers, airlines and corporations worldwide. Founded on the tenets of ease of use, configurability, affordability, and unmatched customer support, ESi software provides access to real-time information to create a common operating picture and situational awareness during crises or daily operations. By offering a solutions package that includes initial design and installation through training, implementation, and maintenance, ESi sets the standard for crisis information management. Based in Augusta, Georgia, ESi was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America in 2007, 2008, and 2009. For more information, please visit

About 3-GIS

3-GIS is a premier GIS software development and services company. The company provides customized software and solutions to a variety of companies in the Utilities, Telecommunications and Emergency Management markets. 3-GIS builds, interfaces, and integrates many diverse asset management systems, work management systems, analysis packages and other specialized software. 3-GIS offers the Express Solution, an ArcGIS Server-based suite of thin-client asset management products. For more information, visit

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