SOURCE: MetaCarta


February 03, 2009 12:19 ET

MetaCarta and ArdentMC Provide Situational Awareness for DHS During Presidential Inauguration

Real-Time News Enhances Situational Awareness for Security

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - February 3, 2009) - MetaCarta, Inc., the leading provider of geographic search and referencing solutions, and partner ArdentMC have provided a location-based situational awareness pilot solution for the Department of Homeland Security National Operation Center (NOC). The solution was used during the recent Presidential Inauguration to combine information from open news sources and DHS intelligence on a map so that watch standers could visualize what was happening in specific geographic areas in Washington, DC during inaugural events.

During crisis situations, "on-the-ground" information comes from a variety of sources such as news sources, citizen blogs, SMS-Text, email, and various government organizations and must be combined to provide a complete picture about a particular location. Information is shared at all levels through the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) and helps DHS officials coordinate the appropriate response for a particular incident.

The pilot solution used the MetaCarta Geographic Search and Referencing Platform (MetaCarta GSRP). MetaCarta GSRP identifies places and points-of-interest in text documents, news feeds, email, reports, web pages and blogs, and assigns latitude and longitude coordinates so that the content can be searched, retrieved, and visually displayed on a map. Today, not all geographic references can be identified by traditional text search engines. The MetaCarta GSRP can identify more than 190 million place names. Public sector agencies are now able to geo-enable all of their content in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, or mixed-language documents so it can be used in location-based applications to help visualize trends and enhance intelligence analysis.

About ArdentMC

Ardent Management Consulting is a results oriented, program management and IT consulting firm specializing in large scale program management, business process consulting and complex systems integration for clients ranging from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Fortune 500 entities within the private sector. ArdentMC consultants identify and develop solutions for Homeland Security and DoD Mission Partners to provide real-time situational awareness and information sharing. For more information about ArdentMC, please visit

About MetaCarta

MetaCarta, Inc. is the leading provider of geographic search and referencing solutions. MetaCarta products make data and unstructured content "location-aware," making that information geographically relevant. Using a map interface, these innovative solutions make it possible for customers to discover, visualize, and act on important location-based information. Founded by a team of MIT researchers in 2001, MetaCarta is privately held, with US headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts and offices in Vienna, Virginia and Houston, Texas and resellers worldwide. For more information, please visit or MetaCarta Resource Center.

MetaCarta is a trademark of MetaCarta, Incorporated. All other product or corporate references may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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