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Top Industries That Use GIS

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are designed to collect and analyze spatial or geographic data. These systems allow businesses to utilize technology to make strategic decisions based on the data gathered by GIS. Here are some of the top industries currently using GIS technology:

Water Utility Companies

Water utility companies use GIS to view and analyze their assets that lie beneath the surface. Through the use of GIS, they can locate and identify pipes or valves that need maintenance, a feat that is made substantially easier by GIS. They also use GIS to plot their customers and track their water usage, allowing them to service an extensive area more efficiently.

Insurance Companies

Determining the price of insurance for a customer involves the amount of risk involved for the insurance company. One of the most significant indicators of risk is location, as certain regions are more prone to things like natural disasters or crime. Insurance companies use GIS to collect historical records, demographics, and local geography to determine the amount of risk involved.

Supply Chain Management

Delivering product from one place to another involves a great deal of planning and tracking to make the process as efficient as possible. Supply chain professionals rely on GIS to help ensure that things like fresh produce are delivered in good quality via the most efficient route.

Forestry and Timber

The forestry industry uses GIS to map out the weather of specific regions to help re-establish plant species in land plots where they will thrive. It also uses GIS to help preserve ecosystems by recording information on the species in an area and the change of populations over time.

Urban Planning

City planners use GIS technology to account for the impact their work has on the animal and plant life in their city. They use spatial information to decide where to best introduce alternative energy resources like a solar or wind farm to a city.

Health And Human Services

Public health uses GIS to analyze trends in disease, identifying high-risk areas or common origin points of infection. This information allows them to properly direct prevention efforts to best treat and contain illness within communities.

Banking

Banks use GIS to determine which branches to close and where to open new ones based on factors like potential customer base and local crime rates.

For more information on how you can use GIS for your business, contact HERE Mapping Resources at 888-848-4436.

HERE Maps: Cartography: Art or Science?

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Cartography is a practice that many people take for granted. Google has made maps a standard item in people’s lives. Cartography has been around for centuries. Maps were a way for people to make sense of their world and a tool to navigate through it. As maps evolved, they became a way for explorers to present newly discovered lands. Maps are also ways to present data to an audience – think population maps. Those who delve into the world of cartography often ask if it is an art or science. So what is it?

The word cartography comes from two pieces, “carta” and “graphie.” “Carta” is Latin in origin and means to a chart or card. “Graphie” is French for “to write, to draw.” So combined the word is the study of drawing maps.

Cartography is both an art and a science. While you can learn to draw maps, it takes art skills to craft a map perfectly. Research and knowledge of various geographical terms are critical. How should mountains, rock shelves, rivers, lakes be represented?

Map making is made easier by modern technology. Even though much mapping is completed on a computer nowadays, it still is an art form.

Cartography resources can be retrieved from many services. When help is needed there are plenty of services, tools, and companies explicitly dedicated to cartographic services.

Getting help is sometimes needed whether we are an artist, scientist, or both, sometimes another perspective is required on a project.

The world of cartography includes the making of a large variety of maps: navigation, topography, geographic or street. No matter what the map is used accuracy is essential. A map is a scaled-down version of the Earth, and as such, any small mistake is amplified immensely. But it isn’t just about that. Maps created by an artist aren’t only accurate; they show true craftsmanship.

If your business depends on using maps or needing demographic data for developing territories, contact HERE Mapping Resources for more information.

Integrating GIS with Corporate Systems

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Geographic Information System (GIS) often refers to plotting out data onto a geographic map. But when explicitly discussing GIS data, we are usually talking about systems that are developed for higher level purposes such as navigation systems or corporate use. That being said, some companies don’t know the importance of integrating GIS with their corporate systems.

Customer Data

Mapping out customer data is often one of the first things that companies think of when integrating GIS. You can map out the location of every customer and where your services are being used. For example, if you are a utility company, you can plot out the site of each customer meter. Having your customer’s data mapped out can help you to analyze their information and make changes, if needed.

Work Order and Work Management Mapping

Any business that has off-site work can benefit significantly from GIS. You can have maps set up to show outstanding orders or where new work needs to be done. Any service calls can be plotted out on a map. If you have the coordinating software, you can use the GIS data to group work orders in the same area so that you can be as productive as possible.

Shipping Management

Distribution of products among customers and your job sites is essential. By adding GIS, you can adequately plan out all of your shipments in much the same way you could plan out work orders. Also, you can view how your products and resources need to be distributed between your company sites.

Company Vehicle And Asset Plotting

It’s important to know the location of your assets. One of the most significant assets is vehicles. Using GIS, you can do more than see a text printout of information. You can have it all plotted out on the map so that you can visually see where every asset is placed. Visualization of all of your company’s assets can improve your planning. It can also be used to locate necessary items in the event of an emergency.

For more information on the use of geolocation data in your business contact HERE Mapping Resources at 888-848-4436.