Public Order and Safety

Public order and safety

Society’s interest in safety has increased considerably in recent years. Safety is a priority on the political agenda and policymaking on this topic is a matter of growing significance. Safety on the streets and disaster control are prioritised also on the operational level. Geo-information is the linking factor in the entire safety chain. The chain concept (pro-action > prevention > preparation > repression > follow-up) enjoys general recognition in the safety sector. At the same time, it is clear that the chain links are not always flawless. This is where the location factor can play an important linking role.


The added value of Geodan in the field of public order and safety is threefold:

  • Innovative applications: in which the latest technology is used in support of activities during disasters but also for the more efficient implementation of non-urgent activities. Localisation plays an important role in this.
  • Safety portals: with the corresponding robust applications for entering and consulting essential data on e.g. hazardous objects and risk receivers. These applications are based on the webservices architecture and they use open standards.
  • Advice: Like no one else, Geodan is well-informed about developments related to (European) standards for disaster management, data exchange, base registrations and the relation with geo-information. Geodan gives advice on the design of architectures, the implementation of applications in the organisations, geographical data management and cooperation between (government) organisations.


The safety chain requires applications through which static and dynamic information is available on all times and can be combined. Data at the source is essential, as the data must be up-to-date and reliable.

Besides, the standards for the exchange of data and the combination of functionality from different types of applications are important, so that different systems can be consulted everywhere and with any device.

The concepts used in this are the webservices architecture and the Geodan Movida platform for combining and accessing location-based services. By using OGC standards (WMS, WFS, OpenLS), in principle all software can be used, such as Intergraph’s Geomedia, the police’s standard software, ESRI or MapInfo.

Project references

Eagle One: Geoinformation passes emergency drill
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GDI Emergency Response and Crisis Management
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External Safety Portal: Register Risk Situations Hazardous Substances (RRGS)
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Provincial risk map
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Prison of the future: Detention Concept Lelystad
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P-Info: wireless information system for the police
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Alert service police Groningen
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Further information

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