Building on experience gained helping the U.S. Air Force devise database services to manage and protect its bases, a Denver engineering, construction and information technology firm has launched a security and crisis management tool for municipalities.

GeoProtect, brought out Sept. 11 by CH2M Hill Inc., consists of software and integration services. It links a client's existing data from geographic information systems, global positioning systems, remote imagery, maps, blueprints, schematics and business and operations data to create a comprehensive information picture that can evolve as conditions change.

"We're trying to design this so it works with just about anything," says Bill Wallace, senior vice president and GeoProtect program manager. "It's tough to price, because a lot is based on what the client has to begin with. We're focused on enhancing their data investment."

Wallace says the product is keyed on utilities, facilities and infrastructure security and on how geospatial information can be used to protect them and the populations they serve. Details are available at