FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
USNG Data Source Available For Broad Range of Applications
Lewisville, TX (May 8, 2009) Â Companies today are being more and more pro-active regarding what information to keep or not in their centralized customer hub which is primarily being driven by compliance, privacy, and other pro-active business requirements like emergency preparedness.
â€œEmergency related data is becoming more and more mission critical, especially over the past ten years, and will continue to be as companies centralize all their master data sources from across the enterprise into a single customer hub. Â One key data attribute that should not be left off this list is the 9-digit, US National Grid (USNG) zone designatorâ€, according to Peter Benza, 25-year veteran of the information services industry.
The US National Grid (USNG) is one of the most popular nation grid systems to be adopted which provides a common reference system for both decision makers and first responders. Â Use of the USNG ensures a uniform grid mapping and positional reporting system for search and rescue, emergency planning, hazard mitigation, response, and other recovery activities. Â The USNG allows users to communicate in printed form (maps) vital information with reference to the USNG 9-digit (3-part) grid zone designator, square ID, and easting/northing grid coordinates. Â FEMA, DHS, National GeoSpatial Intelligence Agency, National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), and the Federal Geographic Data Committee all recognize and promote USNG as the nation preferred grid standard.
Peter Benza extended the usability of a USNG with the creation of two products: USNG-B and USNG-P. Â The website listed below (USNGdownload) provides users with an easy way to download USNG boundary (and point) files in shape file format with some added features.
Unique USNG-B and USNG-P Product Features:
Peter Benza has taken the USNG base files and completed for you most of the extra processing required too extend the use and readiness of the newly created USNG-B designators. Â These time-saving steps can be summarized as: converting to a geographic coordinate system (WGS84), merging multiple state files into a single state-tiled file, added a sequential/unique id to each state, calculated a center point for each 9-digit (1km) USNG zone designator and finally storing the x,y coordinates (longitude/latitude) in separate fields with 5dp degrees of precision for use in other spatial and non-spatial applications â€“ see USNG-P.