In October 2005, the Alabama Department of Homeland Security (AL DHS) initiated a project to access new technologies in 3D visualization. At the request of the Governor, AL DHS began exploring and identifying ways to leverage existing state asset imagery and infrastructure data into a visualization tool that is affordable, scalable, maintainable, and capable of employing the power of existing and evolving internet based applications. As a result, the Virtual Alabama program was created.

Massive amounts of data and imagery inventory currently exist in Alabama. The goal of Virtual Alabama is to create efficiencies and cost savings by utilizing existing data in lieu of gathering new costly imagery. AL DHS relies heavily on state and local partnerships to provide previously collected imagery and asset data. Virtual Alabama leverages existing data sets to give an overall visual representation of the state’s data inventory. The visualization platform helps stakeholders, users, and decision makers understand the quality, resolution, scale, coverage, vintage, and useful applications of existing data and imagery. This, in turn, provides valuable information that will improve efficiencies, reduce redundancies throughout the state, and illustrate where data is currently missing or incomplete. The AL DHS team is committed to building collaborative partnerships and data sharing cooperatives throughout Alabama. Furthermore, Virtual Alabama will create a forum to provide information about upcoming data acquisitions and facilitate cost sharing opportunities among state and local agencies and the federal government.

Who is benefiting from Virtual Alabama?
  • Homeland Security
  • Emergency Management and Fire Services
  • Public Safety
  • City and County Government
  • Economic Development/Planning
  • Natural Resource Management

  • Environmental Agencies
  • Law Enforcement and Forensics
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Transportation
  • Military

Real Time Activities
Real time activities associated with Virtual Alabama include a common operational picture, emergency evacuation routing, situational awareness/ understanding, critical infrastructure mapping, identification of assets and vulnerabilities, visualization of risks, implementation of protective measures during events, and damage assessment.

Virtual Alabama Management Partners