June 17, 2009 08:00 ET

Capturx™ Software for Digital Pens: Helping Phoenix Be One of the Safest Cities in the U.S.

The Phoenix Police Department Selects Capturx Forms for Excel to Collect Critical Infrastructure Data for the Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2009) - In addition to looking after daily security and safety needs, the Phoenix Police Department is also at the front line of safeguarding Arizona's critical infrastructure in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or emergency. A big part of helping prevent incidents and prepare effective responses is the quality and accessibility of information collected from the field. Adapx ( today announced that the Phoenix Police Department is using Capturx™ Forms for Excel to significantly streamline the collection of critical infrastructure data for emergency preparedness planning and for use with the Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP).

Police officers and terrorism liaison officers in Phoenix are constantly gathering up-to-date accurate information on thousands of assets to assess vulnerability risks and help with protection planning. The data is entered into Automated Critical Asset Management System (ACAMS), an automated workflow system ensuring that information is correctly received, validated, and disseminated following the NIPP processes. These highly trained officers have traditionally spent up to 25% of their time simply re-entering data that they have collected on paper forms. With Capturx, they get back most of that time, allowing them to spend more time assessing vulnerabilities and planning.

"Unlike other products that require users to be tech savvy, anyone can use the Capturx solution," said Gary Kennedy, Terrorism Liaison Officer for the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, Phoenix Police. "Most importantly, we now have faster access to more accurate data without requiring radical changes to our data collection process -- it works the way we work."

Prior to using Capturx, Terrorism Liaison Officers would survey buildings and surrounding areas and document their findings using paper forms and a pen. When they returned to the office, the manual data entry process into ACAMS typically took 2 hours per person which meant that it could take months before being accessible in ACAMS.

With Capturx Forms for Excel, the Terrorism Liaison Officers use the same paper form with the Capturx digital pen. The digital pen writes like any standard ballpoint pen and instantly digitizes and stores the notes. Once the pen is docked into its USB port on a PC or laptop, the collected field data automatically appears in Excel and can quickly be imported into the ACAMS database. As a result, the Phoenix Police Department can now provide 51 other agencies with more timely information and they estimate that they will be able to conduct twice as many assessments as previous years.

To view the complete case study on how the Phoenix Police Department is using Capturx Forms for Excel as well as Capturx for ArcGIS to mark up the facility plans for the state's critical infrastructure, visit the Adapx Web site at:

The Phoenix Police Department joins more than 100 other local, state, and federal agencies that are using Capturx software for digital pens to speed data collection and decision-making without the extra time and cost of transcribing data from paper or deploying complex mobile computers.

Emergency response teams can also register for a free Capturx for Emergency Response Webcast on Thursday, June 18 at 11 AM PT / 2PM ET at

In addition, attendees of the World Conference on Disaster Management in Toronto, Canada can see the latest Capturx product line on the exhibit floor in ESRI's booth # 308 on June 22 & 23.

About Adapx

Adapx is changing the way mobile teams collect data and collaborate with Capturx™ software for digital pens. A broad range of industries and agencies use Capturx products as natural interfaces into Microsoft Office, GIS, and CAD systems through digital pens and voice. Teams can immediately collect and access data in native file formats and systems without the delay and cost of transcribing paper or deploying mobile computers. Adapx has strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Autodesk, ESRI, Lockheed Martin, In-Q-Tel, and works with standard digital pen technology from Anoto. For more information, please visit or follow Adapx on Twitter at

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