Depiction’s what-if mapping software has launched.
Much like a "serious game" Depiction is easy-to-use software that runs on standard laptop and desktop PCs. Depiction's powerful mapping technology allows users to quickly depict scenarios that answer "What if" questions. For example: "What if this levy broke? What would flood? What areas would be cut off from rescuers?" In an emergency, Depiction provides such rapid and intuitive scenario mapping integrated with live reports transmitted from other locations.
Patrick Meier at the iRevolution blog says:
I really like the ideas that this platform brings together: crisis mapping, simulation and decision support. Being able to play out what-if scenarios is key to making more informed decisions. For example, this interactive component allows users to identify the best route for an evacuation or the delivery of relief supplies should the primary route become inaccessible. The platform can also receive live reports via email and have them mapped in real time. I hope the developers will add an SMS component.