Congressman Adam Smith (D-Tacoma) has announced today that he has secured $2.5 million for Advanced Interactive Systems, based in Tukwila, for a project on mapping that will be used by the National Guard and the Department of Homeland Security.

The funds will advance the mapping of cities, creating accurate virtual models of public spaces that will be used for simulated homeland security training. Smith led a letter from five Members of Washington’s delegation in supporting this vital Homeland Security project.

“I’m pleased that this program will allow our professionals to access this technology, which will enable them to conduct virtual exercises,” said Smith. “Ultimately, this technology will be available nationwide and will enable first responders the opportunity to train for how to effectively manage emergency scenarios before they happen.”

Smith requested funding through the 2005 Defense Appropriations bill. It is expected that this bill will be finalized before Congress adjourns this year.