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Interoperability, flexibility and user-friendliness were three of the key words that laid down the foundation for the next generation of IMSMA – called IMSMA NG. This entailed moving away from somewhat rigid processes and methods towards a highly flexible and user-friendly information management system that could meet almost all local needs and requirements.
[[IMSMA V4]] achieved this goal in 2006. One of the key enhancements was the development and integration of a fully functional [[GIS]] component. For this work, the GICHD was honoured by the presentation of the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. ([[ESRI Inc.]]), [http://www.esri.com/sag/index.html Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award] to its IMSMA support team. The award citation reads in part ''“By embracing GIS technology, these organizations have made extraordinary contributions to our global society and set new precedents throughout the GIS community.”''
[[IMSMA V5]] released in 2007 provided another major enhancement by including an [[impact scoring tool]] and the possibility of recording [[victim]]s and [[accident]]s separately. User feedback and lessons learnt are constantly evaluated and compiled by the [[GICHD]]. Furthermore, the GICHD close collaboration with FGM remains crucial to guarantee that we meet our users’ needs and requirements in the field.