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Monroe Power Plant Earns National Recognition for Worker Safety: DTE Energy’s Monroe Power Plant recently received the National Safety Council’s Occupational Excellence Achievement Award for 2010. In earning the award, the plant achieved a lost-time injury and illness rate that was less than 50 percent of the national rate for similar facilities. The award is a component of the National Safety Council’s Occupational Awards Program, created to recognize outstanding safety achievements among council members. The National Safety Council is an independent organization that promotes workplace safety through leadership, research, education and advocacy. The Monroe Power Plant workforce comprises about 375 DTE Energy employees in plant operations, maintenance, fuel supply and flue gas desulfurization (FGD) operations.  They posted a lost workday incidence rate of 0.24 in 2010 to earn the Occupational Excellence Achievement Award.More at www.dteenergy.com.

Visual Fusion application wins GITA Innovators Award for 2011: A Canadian city has been recognized with a national award for its geospatially-enabled Web portal that features Visual Fusion software from Lansing-based IDV Solutions. The City of Brampton, Ontario is the winner of the 2011 Innovator Award from the Geospatial Information and Technology Association; this award honors organizations that create new and original geospatial applications to benefit their customers. The city earlier received the GTEC (Government Technology Exhibition and Conference) Gold Medal Distinction Award, which recognizes innovation, excellence, and leadership in public sector service delivery in Canada. Brampton’s Web portal emphasizes interactivity, transparency, and self-service. Using Visual Fusion’s data connectors and integration with Microsoft SharePoint, the site unites data from multiple data sources and city departments. Users can access everything from transit schedules and meeting minutes to aerial photos and live webcams, directly from the Visual Fusion map interface, which leverages Bing Maps. The portal empowers city employees in all departments to update map-based and online information, freeing the city’s GIS department for higher value work. Brampton uses Visual Fusion’s dynamic map interface to deliver a wide variety of information to different audiences. Residents can find libraries, schools, transit stations, emergency services, road closures, parks, playgrounds, public meetings, and more. Businesses can search by type and size for vacant land parcels. Visitors to Brampton can find dining, shopping, accommodations and city attractions. Visual Fusion is business intelligence software for building applications that unite content from virtually any data source in a visual, interactive context for better insight and understanding. With a Silverlight front-end and strong emphasis on user experience, Visual Fusion is tailored for non-technical business users. More at www.idvsolutions.com.

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