POLONCARZ UNVEILS NEW FEATURES ON EC ONLINE MAPPING SYSTEM
Upgrades Include Oblique Angle Aerial Photos, New Interface, Links to Other Online Mapping Systems
On October 31, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced several enhancements that have been added to the Erie County “OnMap” Internet mapping system developed by the staff of the Department of Environment & Planning. Enhancements include the addition of oblique angle aerial photos (licensed from Pictometry, Inc.) to the OnMap interface, an overall new interface based on the latest “Silverlight” technology from Microsoft, a choice of three different base maps to use (including street maps), a topographic map, and links from the OnMap system to other online mapping systems such as Bing Maps and Google Maps.
“These upgrades will assist all OnMap users to maximize their efficiency and pinpoint their accuracy when researching features of Erie County’s topography and infrastructure, as well as the layout of our neighborhoods and communities,” said Poloncarz. “I anticipate that the vast community of OnMap users that Erie County now has, which includes economic development agencies, real estate agencies, engineering firms, lawn care & utility companies, and interested members of the public will be excited to see how useful these new features are.”
The most significant of these enhancements is the addition of oblique aerial photos. Until now, users of the Erie County OnMap system have been able to prepare maps showing various features such as streets, property lines, and environmental features using traditional, “straight down” aerial photographs. With the addition of the Pictometry Online extension, users can now view their area of interest in high-resolution, easy-to-navigate oblique angle imagery. Users will be able to view the sides of buildings and can also navigate to and measure the features on a map such as height, area, distance, and elevation. The Pictometry View window also makes it possible to locate, display, and extract these images.
The Erie County OnMap Internet mapping system also provides an easy-to-use, no-cost tool to meet the increasing demand for locational information, an area which has seen significant growth for both business and governmental agency applications. “Knowing your location in relation to where customers or services are is a key component of success in today’s world, whether in business or public service,” Poloncarz added. “This upgraded mapping system will provide vital information for both business and public-sector entities looking to be closer to where their customers and clients are.”
For more information on the Erie County OnMap Internet Mapping System, visit www.erie.gov . Scroll to the bottom of the homepage and click on the link to the “Erie County Online Mapping System”.