Police Dispatcher on Microsoft Surface

Blog Post created by rcarmichael-esristaff Employee on Jul 20, 2009

In May 2009, the Applications Prototype Lab published a web application called “Police Dispatcher”.  The application simulated a police dispatch system with real time incidents and the tracking of police vehicles.  The application was built using Silverlight 2 and the ArcGIS API for Silverlight.


The police dispatcher demonstration was recently ported to the Microsoft Surface as a Surface application.  Surface applications are similar to standard WPF application except that they target the Surface hardware and include references to a few extra libraries.  The transition was relatively trivial, for example, the application references the ArcGIS API for WPF rather than the ArcGIS API for Silverlight.


In the Surface application we took advantage of some the goodness of WPF such as drop shadows and glow bitmap effects.


Contributed by Richie C.