Buffalo Computer Graphics Corporate History
Buffalo Computer Graphics, Inc. (BCG) was founded in 1982 with the goal of designing a portable Radar Simulator product for commercial and government sales. Since that time, its simulation work has grown in scope and continues to this day. Early in its corporate history BCG became involved in the Pre-Press printing industry, initially through engineering support for a large Buffalo, NY printing company. Later, BCG broadened its involvement by designing a custom system for large scale printing businesses, which they used for editing color images and printing film. During this time BCG also developed a medical imaging workstation used by radiologists for the electronic viewing of x-ray films. Through the years BCG has been involved with custom engineering on the hardware and software level where it has been able to use its technical expertise to enhance other company's products.
In the 1990s, BCG developed the capability to deliver simulated communication systems which supplemented its existing radar simulation products. The initial systems were analog in nature and allowed maritime training facilities to perform voice communication using a simulated VHF radio. BCG strives to adopt the newest technologies and engineering practices and now offers a full line of real or virtual communication devices covering VHF, UHF, HF, and satellite radios as well as simulated intercom and sound powered phone and satellite data terminals. All current BCG communication simulators are based on a VoIP technology.
In 2002, a strong background in private and public sector engineering as well as communications and graphical displays put BCG in position to accept an offer from Erie County emergency managers to build a pilot software system for use in their Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Following the September 11th attacks, emergency managers nationwide struggled to modernize and update their technology platforms for handling natural and manmade disasters. Erie County wished to transition from a pen and paper EOC to a digital environment that could better display situational information, track critical missions, and handle resource requests. BCG developed the web-based DisasterLAN product to fill this need.
Based on the success of the pilot project in Erie County, DisasterLAN (DLAN) grew into a complete all-hazards incident management system. Today it is used to handle emergencies of all sizes at local, county, state, tribal, regional, and territory levels in the USA and Canada. In 2011, DLAN became the first and only incident management system to be evaluated by FEMA's NIMS STEP program as fully compliant with NIMS and ICS principles as well as interoperability communications standards.
As a result of communications and emergency management work with New York State, BCG developed and implemented a Mass Notification System called NY-ALERT in 2005. This alerting system has been adopted by the states of New York and Vermont as well as the territory of US Virgin Islands and several cities and counties across the country, serving early warning alerts to more than 20 million citizens.
BCG continues to grow, implementing new and exciting technology based products to support both their maritime simulation and the emergency management domains.
Our Headquarters Through the Years
1982 - 1985: Ridge Lea - Amherst, NY
1985 - 2011: Lakeshore Road - Blasdell, NY
2011 - Today: Bayview Road - Blasdell, NY