Redlands-based Environmental Systems Research Institute has released an updated version of an app that allows users to find the history of toxic releases where they live and work in the U.S., Esri announced Monday.
The My Place History 2.0 app is an updated version of Esri's iPhone and iPad application that provides personalized access to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory, according to Esri.
Like the original, the app update is free, Brian Peterson of Esri said Monday.
With the update, My Place History users can store a permanent list of all places they have lived or worked, which links these places to the TRI database, according to Esri. The link allows the application to create a report that inventories specific toxic releases reported within three miles of the users' addresses.
"This application is useful in helping people understand the potential link between public health data stored in one database and their individual places of residence or employment," Bill Davenhall, Esri's global manager of health and human services, said in a prepared statement. "There is a great deal of data collected to benefit public health. Unfortunately, this information seldom gets into the hands of the health-seeking consumers presenting symptoms to their physicians."
The TRI database contains the geographic location, including latitude and longitude, of more than 525 chemicals known to be hazardous to human health, according to Esri.
Follow the link for more information on My Place History 2.0.
Esri is based on New York Street in Redlands.