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News Release    

March 18, 2010      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Updated Aerial Imagery Now Available for GIS Tools on www.dutchessny.gov
ParcelAccess service had 75,000 users in 2009

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced Dutchess County’s online Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping tools ParcelAccess and GeoAccess, both available on the County’s nationally award winning website www.dutchessny.gov, now feature new, updated aerial photographic imagery.

“Our internet-based GIS tools such as ParcelAccess have become key tools that keep our business practices efficient and productive.   With thousands of people utilizing these tools, it is critical that the information and imagery be accurate and up-to-date,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “The resolution of this new imagery is better than anything we have had in the past and is certain to be appreciated by the residents, visitors, businesses and others who utilize our GIS tools.”   

The new digital imagery was collected by aerial cameras in March, 2009, as part of the New York State Orthophoto Program.  The imagery features high resolution, with each pixel being a six-inch square.   Features seen in the photos are located to within four feet of their true ground location, making small objects such as mail boxes and manhole covers visible.

County Executive Steinhaus noted, “Dutchess has experienced many changes in its physical environment over recent years, and this new imagery reflects the changes in the built environment throughout the county since the last aerial photography acquisition in 2004, including more than 4700 new address points that did not previously have structures on them. “  

Dutchess County’s custom GIS applications, ParcelAccess and GeoAccess, are some of the most popular tools on the County’s nationally recognized website, www.dutchessny.gov.     GeoAccess is a unique map-based service, developed by the county employees of the Office of Computer Information Systems as an integral part of www.dutchessny.gov. This service can be used to locate an array of sites, physical features and boundaries throughout Dutchess County, such as government offices, school districts, political boundaries, libraries, hospitals, “Senior Friendship Centers,” nursing homes, historic sites and museums, recreation areas, and much more. After identifying a location, the map displays a related web site or web page to give the visitor further information. GeoAccess allows the user to view any combination of site categories and physical features at the same time by opening or closing map “layers” at will, making it a great tool for research.

ParcelAccess is a Geographic Information System (GIS) application, also created in-house by the County’s OCIS team, which provides residents, property owners, professionals and prospective buyers with on-line access to Real Property parcel and assessment data that is integrated with interactive county maps from the comfort of their home or office.   It is a joint project between the county employees of the Real Property Tax (RPT) department and Office of Computer Information Systems (OCIS), with the assistance of the GIS staff of the Department of Planning and Development.   In 2009, ParcelAccess was used by more than 75,000 unique visitors, including 10,000 “power-users” who utilized the application with more than 100 annual visits.



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