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GIS-powered apps start with clean data July 14, 2010

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in English, Haber (News).
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The Toronto-based mapping software company said that more organizations today are integrating GIS technology into their internal and customer-facing applications. For example, delivery and transportation companies can overlay road and destination data on a custom mapping app, while a restaurant chain might integrate their store location data onto a Web-based mapping service for their customers.

One criticism of online mapping services, such as those offered by Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., is that the services offer users accurate location-based maps, but fail to provide land usage information and building details.

Alex Miller, president at ESRI Canada, said that designing a GIS-powered mapping app for in-house or external use allows companies and governments to take advantage of the data they already own.

“The organizations that have thought it through have streamlined their back-end operations,” he said. “GIS is an enterprise system. In fact, it goes beyond enterprise because it reaches out to other organizations that may have tracked data of interest.”

The organizations that aren’t doing GIS-related apps well tend to be siloed internally and experience similar problems building any type of corporate system, Miller added.

“For anyone who’s well organized and have their corporate data in good shape, it’s pretty easy to put up,” he said.

The City of Toronto, which recently worked with ESRI Canada to create an online road restrictions map application, is an organization that is using both well-organized and open data to take advantage of GIS. The app, which overlays construction and road closure information on top of a city map, was launched in late spring to deal with Toronto’s busy summer of special events and festivals.

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