County approves aerial imaging

NORWICH The Chenango County Sheriff's Office was granted permission by the county Board of Supervisors Monday to go through with the purchase of computer software that provides enhanced aerial images of all four corners of the county.

Notwithstanding deliberation among board members, a resolution was adopted in a 20-3 vote in favor of accepting a $74,000 grant from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Grant money will be used to purchase a software program called Pictometry, which allows access to detailed aerial pictures of the county that law enforcement and first responders say will help them do their jobs more safely and efficiently.

Similar to the popular free software Google Earth, Pictometry provides a database of overhead photographs taken across the county. However, unlike Google Earth, the program also allows users to see high resolution angle shots of properties, and even provides rough dimensions of structures including their height and width.

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