GIS Cloud http://www.giscloud.com Visualize, analyze and share your geo data online. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:47:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Geospatial Technology for Building Smarter Cities http://www.giscloud.com/blog/geospatial-technology-for-building-smarter-cities/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/geospatial-technology-for-building-smarter-cities/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:20:45 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12704 What is the role of geospatial technologies in building smarter cities?

Smart City GIS Cloud technology

The concept of smart cities became one of the most frequently mentioned buzzwords in the terms of building and designing sustainable urban environments in the 21st century. But, this does not necessarily mean that we all understand what exactly a smart city is, and more importantly – how to build one?

For this purpose, we have chosen one of the many definitions of a smart city, that captures this conditional uncertainty:

The concept is not static, there is no absolute definition of a smart city, no end point, but rather a process, or series of steps, by which cities become more ‘livable’ and resilient and, hence, able to respond quicker to new challenges.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK 2013

Although there is no absolute definition of a smart city, we can easily pinpoint the key areas crucial for building more sustainable, resilient and responsive cities – those are smart transportation, public administration, governance and public services including utilities as well as the health system and education.

 

In almost all of these areas, a geospatial component together with new technologies has an important role. Relevant data about traffic (roadworks, traffic jams, optimal routes…), road infrastructure  (signs, potholes, road damages), public health (hospital infrastructure, spreading of the diseases) or important community practices (citizen initiatives, projects and cultural heritage) can be easily visualized, organized and interpreted using interactive web maps.

 

The best way to interpret and understand data is through the means of collaboration between different city departments, field crews, citizens, and businesses – all of which becomes possible in the cloud-based mapping system. Interactive maps on different devices become a smart workboard where different stakeholders such as city officials, citizens, and local businesses discuss, interact and make decisions based on a real-time insight.

 

So, having in mind that building smarter cities is a process and not a point in time, using geospatial technologies is an important, if not the first, step in making use of all the ‘big data’ we already have and are receiving daily – traffic routes, disease emergencies, fire hazards, water infrastructure, tourism, telecommunications and many others.

Data is usually locked in endless spreadsheets and various documents on workstations and servers. Placing all that data on a collaborative map means that we can make informed decisions instantly, using any device and from anywhere in the world.
 

 
How can it be done?

Let’s move on to concrete and practical examples:

1. GIS Technologies can increase efficiency in public services and utilities by increasing collaboration between departments, crews, and different stakeholders

2. Public maps are a great way to inform and engage citizens, therefore improving governance and city administration

3. Geospatial component can assist emergency response and help saving lives

4. Digital maps can be a great way to bring communities together and preserve cultural heritage

5. GIS applications are an essential part in improving daily commute and city transportation systems

6. Geospatial awareness plays an important role in controlling diseases and improving public health

7. Cloud-based collaboration on a map improves communication, decision-making, and efficiency in conducting different projects such as watershed cleanup events and landfill remediation

 

And these are only some of the examples of utilizing mapping technologies in order to build more sustainable future and smarter cities.

 

Interested in GIS Solutions for Smart Cities?

Contact us at: smartcities@giscloud.com

 

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Mapping Tribal Burial Grounds in New Zealand http://www.giscloud.com/blog/mapping-tribal-burial-grounds-in-new-zealand/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/mapping-tribal-burial-grounds-in-new-zealand/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2016 16:17:54 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12677 Mobile Data Collection in New Zealand

In the digital age, many cultural practices important for local communities are facing the threat of being forgotten. One of our most inspiring user stories, demonstrating the great potential of GIS Cloud mapping technologies, comes from Pipiwai, Northland (New Zealand).

Delaraine Armstrong, Betty Cherrington, and  Margaret Tipene, who won the 2nd prize in the GIS Day Contest, are currently mapping 4 tribal burial grounds with a goal to permanently digitally record each grave marker, location, and name for safe keeping of their ancestor’s places of burial.

This project is designed to preserve important cultural practices and knowledge for the Te Orewai, Maori subtribe located at the foot of the Motatau mountain.

We bring you their story, together with a follow-up on the project’s development.

 

The Importance of Humility

 

Delaraine Armstrong begins with a story about Maori culture and the heritage that is shaped around  deeply rooted awareness of the land and location. The burial practices play an important role in uniting their local community:

 

Mapping Burial Grounds in New Zealand

An example of the traditional Te Orewai burial ground (wahi tapu)

 

In our Maori culture, we are very connected to the land. The mountains and rivers are personified ancestors for Maori. The picture shows the Hoterene whanau (Shortland family) cemetery of small white crosses, which has been the burial place of the Hoterene whanau for the last 150 years, and the mountain behind is our ancestral mountain, Motatau.

There is a story told amongst our large whanau (family) about why there are only small white wooden crosses in this wahi tapu (cemetery). We are told that our key progenitor, Ganny Heeni, decided that after her parents were buried there, everyone who was buried afterwards would only have small white wooden crosses on their graves. Humility was an important value to this great dowager ancestor.

For the members of Te Orewai, this meant that all grave markers in their burial grounds should stay the same, so that everyone would be equal. This also applies to flowers that are left on the graves. If somebody places a flower on a grave of his/hers ancestor, they should also place a flower on all other graves in the wahi tapu. According to Delaraine, this very tradition is what binds them together as one large whanau (extended family).

 

Collecting wahi tapu records

Collecting records in the field

 

The Role of Burial Practices in Maori Culture

 

Delaraine describes the cultural meaning of the burial practices in the historical context:

Until Europeans came to Aotearoa in the mid-1800’s, we had different cultural burial practices. While the bodies are now interred differently than in the past, we retain our tangihanga (the unique practice of mourning and receiving mourners who come to pay respects over the 3 days after death, to acknowledge the deceased and the whanau pani– grieving family of the deceased in our marae).

She describes marae as the “long house” equivalent for Wahi Tapu – the central place where clans and tribes gather for a different family, community and tribal events and practices. They serve as the physical manifestation of their cultural identity and connections to their ancestral lands. Delaraine states that the Maori language is spoken during these practices, following specific cultural protocols. Those protocols anchor the community to their culture. At the same time, they also serve as a way to distinguish their community in its uniqueness.

Wahi Tapu Mapping Project

An example of the Te Orewai burial service and marae (‘long house’)

For all of these reasons, burial practices play an important role in preserving the Maori culture and language. Apart from the events following the burial of the deceased, memory of the past ancestors is an important identifier bearing a deep meaning in relation to different Maori subtribes.

For Delaraine, cultural connections and future identity as a hapu (subtribe) and tribe are the reasons why she thinks it is critical preserving the names and grave markers of their ancestors. Over the years, she was in contact with many different people who wanted to find out more about their ancestors. What she and her team hope for the future is to enable all who are seeking their tupuna (ancestors) to easily locate them on an interactive map. They also hope that in the future, other tribes and subtribes may follow their footsteps and do the same.

 

The Project: Mapping the Ancestral History

 

The Wahi Tapu (burial places) data collection project began last year (in 2015), after Delaraine, Betty and Margaret won the second prize in GIS Cloud competition.

A small team of data collectors gathered to record the names on all graves in the wahi tapu of Te Orewai (subtribe) using Mobile Data Collection. There are about 900 names recorded from the 1800’s to the present that they know of in their wahi tapu. Delaraine, Betty, and Margaret think of his project as a great chance to do a community service for the community of Te Orewai.

Te Orewai have 3 main and several smaller wahi tapu locations in their valley. Largest wahi tapu, Nga Tairua, has over 500 names recorded by data collectors. Other burial grounds are smaller, and mapping them has its own challenges. A lot of graves are left unmarked so some of the records are lost forever. One small wahi tapu beside the Mormon chapel next to the Marae has very old graves so it is not that easy to collect names and dates, although Delaraine and her team hope to map them. Huanui is another small wahi tapu where the grave markers no longer show who is buried there, so collectors depend on those who hold the records of the graves.

In the past, there have been records for all wahi tapu, but they have gotten lost with the successive passing of people who have held those records. This task was considered as a very important one. Nowadays, as more people and families are leaving the small rural settlements of the country regions, they are bringing these records with them. This way the records are slowly being lost.

That is why it is important to digitalize this huge part of the Maori culture. For Delaraine, it is an imperative to keep these records for the future and to be able to reclaim one’s past.

Mobile Data Collection project

Recording grave marks directly in the field using Mobile Data Collection

GIS Cloud enabled us to create a project that will collate all names and grave markers of Te Orewai to the present. We wanted to provide access to an online database of names and burial grounds, to families and extended family looking for their ancestors,  no matter where they live. GIS Cloud provided the software licences for our team to gather the information and set up a form to collect the data. This includes names, date of birth and death, location and the photo of the grave marker, because many of the grave markers deteriorate over time.

Delaraine and her team have almost finished data collection and are now “cleaning up” the data, to ensure all details are as accurate as they can be. They are in the process of creating the online database that whanau can access in the future to know exactly where their family member or ancestor is buried, with the exact GPS location and other relevant data such as dates and photos.


The support from GIS Cloud has been great. Even though we have different time zones, GIS Cloud has been quick to respond to any queries, providing advice to make the process easier. None of us had experience in using GIS mapping tools, but there was no hardship with the support of the GIS Cloud team. We are very grateful for the opportunity to create a permanent record for the future, that our whanau can access anywhere, at any time.

Te Orewai Wahi Tapu project demonstrates an incredible application of GIS Cloud and Mobile Data Collection for the purpose of preserving an important piece of heritage for Maori in New Zealand. We hope to see more from Delaraine and her team in the next two months when they will release their Wahi Tapu records for the public.

 

In the meantime, you can show them support by liking their project page on Facebook.

 

 

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FOSS4G 2016: Three days of great talks and cool hangouts http://www.giscloud.com/blog/foss4g-2016-three-days-of-great-talks-and-cool-hangouts/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/foss4g-2016-three-days-of-great-talks-and-cool-hangouts/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:40:21 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12643 The 2016 FOSS4G was a very successful and eventful gathering, which completely justified the ‘Building bridges’ theme, chosen for this year.

Cruise FOSS4G

Group photo during the cruise by Jurate Jablonskyte

Even though there was an extensive list of technical talks, as well as talks about Open Data, Remote Sensing for Earth Observation, Land information and Disaster management, numerous social events and hangouts (such as Icebreaker, the Gala Dinner boat cruise and Pub Race) were what strengthened the position of FOSS4G as a platform for collaboration, business and networking.

We were happy to see that this year’s major topic throughout the conference were vector tiles, something that has already been a standard for GIS Cloud mapping experience for the last five years. It seems the community is catching up! Beside the popular Internet of Things theme, talks about 3D tools and web visualizations also caught our eye.

 

Day Zero

Upon our arrival to Bonn, late on Monday evening, the city immediately agreed with us as it exudes a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, which also contributed to the general impression of the conference.

The next day we attended a B2B meeting where people held “Pecha Kucha presentations and audience was invited to vote for the best presentation. That was a great introduction to the conference because we had an opportunity to get to know companies and individuals from the geo industry in just 5 minutes and 20 slides, 15 seconds each. This format proved itself as a brief, informative and fun way to present your projects, ideas, your goal during the stay and to reach out to others.

 

B2B FOSS4G OSGeo

Dino Ravnić presenting at B2B meeting

Dino, CEO and co-founder of the company talked about our take on the industry, as well as our mission and vision for the future. The presentation was very well received and, as we found out later during the conference, it was one of the presentations that shared the runner-up position. The winner was in for a surprise when he found out his “award” was to give an improvised presentation on the spot, with previously prepared slides by the organizers. Nevertheless, he was up to the task!

 

GIS Cloud team in Bonn

Reception at Mayor’s Palace, Team photo by Jody Garnett

In the evening we attended a reception at the palace of the Mayor, which was another occasion to hang and network in a casual atmosphere.

 

First Day

When on Wednesday morning 900 people occupied the World Conference Center, our booth was all set up, attracting numerous visitors who wanted to know more about GIS Cloud platform and applications.

 

GIS Cloud team in Bonn

GIS Cloud Booth at FOSS4G

Some of them just dropped by to grab a lollipop or to ask us for a t-shirt. Nevertheless, we were so busy talking to people that we barely managed to get away at times to attend some interesting talks. It was great meeting folks of the geo community from all over the world – Malaysia, India and Africa, across Germany, France, Finland and others to US, Canada, South Korea and many more. Everything was well organized up to the last detail and always on time.

 

FOSS4G 2016 Bonn

 

We were pleasantly surprised by the Map Your Beer event in the afternoon where we could taste some beers from all over the world at the booth next door. This was a great warm up for the evening Icebreaker event at the BaseCamp Bonn, cool and colorful place with vintage caravans where we could relax after a long day, grab some drinks and something to eat.

 

Day Two

This was the day of most interesting talks and definitely one of the most memorable evening events. We also prepared a presentation that raised a lot of interest. It was held by Dino and titled Using SQLite to take maps offline on mobile devices. The room was packed and the presentation was followed by multiple questions, which deserved GIS Cloud t-shirts.

 

Offline Maps at FOSS4G 2016

No free chair left at Dino’s presentation

 

After the day filled with presentations and visits to our booth, we were almost late to board the ship in the evening, but luckily we made it just in time. What began as a lovely cruise down the Rhine over some beers and pleasant conversation, ended as a full-blooded Queens cover group concert during and after a gourmet dinner. We hit the floor as one of the attendees took over the mike, right after Till Adams (the Chair of FOSS4G 2016) gave a talk, jumped off the stage into the crowd and was carried out by his fans.

Gala FOSS4G2016

The Gala Event

 

 

The Final Day

When we came to our booth the last day, we were a bit surprised to see that a great number of people still came, even though we expected lower attendance. It turned out to be as busy as any other day, at times even more so.

 

GIS Cloud and Athina Trakas at FOSS4G 2016 in Bonn

GIS Cloud Team with Athina Trakas from Open Geospatial Consortium

 

After the lunch, Igor, our business and partner manager, held a Collaborative Mapping presentation. It was very interesting because of its ‘solution for the entire organization’ approach, which offers mapping solutions for every step of your daily workflow.

 

Igor Farkaš presenting GIS Cloud

Igor Farkaš talking about Collaborative Mapping

 

We completed our stay in Bonn with a Pub Race in the evening at Namenlos, the official FOSS4G pub where we enjoyed some beers (again) with our fellow GIS geeks.

 

Bonn Namenlos FOSS4G

Pub Race, Photo by Jody Garnett

 

Looking forward to seeing you next year and building even more bridges!

 

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Offline Maps for Mobile Data Collection and Map Viewer Released http://www.giscloud.com/blog/offline-maps-for-mobile-data-collection-and-map-viewer-released/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/offline-maps-for-mobile-data-collection-and-map-viewer-released/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:37:29 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12630  

Mobile Offline Mapping

We have released latest versions of our mobile applications, Mobile Data Collection and Map Viewer, with one big addition: access to Offline Maps feature that is now available to all GIS Cloud users.

When collecting data in the field, there is always a risk that you will have a spotty Internet connection in some areas. To avoid compromising your work, we have implemented Offline Maps feature to all GIS Cloud users. You can simply download multiple maps, including all layers and basemap to your mobile device and use it even in areas with no Internet connection. The number of maps you can download to your mobile device is limited only by its storage capacity. You will find Offline Maps option in the “Settings” section in MDC and you’ll find special “Offline” tab to access Offline Maps in the Map Viewer app.

Once you download the Offline Map on your device, your layers in the map will be displayed with full precision and possibility of infinite zoom. You can view and search your data in offline mode both in MDC and Map Viewer app as well as collect and update features on the map with Mobile Data Collection app. Once you have Internet access again, your data will be automatically synchronized and all the map updates will be sent.

If you haven’t already done this, you can download the new version of MDC app for Android or iOS devices as well as the new version of Map Viewer app for Android and iOS devices.

If the apps are already installed on your device, you should update them to the latest version in order to get Offline Maps access.

Besides Offline Maps access for all users, we would like to present you another great option available now for Map Viewer app, the Search option. It makes it easier to locate features on the map by using any attribute data value as a search word. The map is automatically zoomed to the selected feature and the info window opens with all the attribute data of selected feature.

Have feedback? Contact us here.
For more info, check out the User Manual.

 

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Offline Maps Available For Early Access http://www.giscloud.com/blog/offline-maps-available-for-early-access/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/offline-maps-available-for-early-access/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:50:47 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12593 Dear GIS Cloud community,

We are excited to announce that Offline Maps for our mobile applications (Mobile Data Collection and Map Viewer) are now available for early access! 

Mobile Data Collection Map Viewer Offline Maps

The latest version of MDC and Map Viewer comes with offline maps feature for all those who subscribed for an early access. These users will be notified via e-mail regarding further steps.

Now you can download your maps directly to your device and use them offline. Besides rendering maps offline, you can also search map data and get feature information. Offline mode brings you an opportunity to have a smooth workflow when doing fieldwork in remote areas.

 

If you haven’t subscribed yet, please contact us at hello@giscloud.com

Offline Maps will be launched for all GIS Cloud users and exclusively presented at the FOSS4G 2016 conference in Bonn (August 24-26th).

 

Interested in Offline Maps for Mobile Data Collection and Map Viewer (mobile) apps?

Feel free to download the latest versions from App Store (MDCMap Viewer) and Google Play (MDCMap Viewer).

 

To get an early access, contact us here.

 

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Meet Us At FOSS4G 2016 In Bonn! http://www.giscloud.com/blog/meet-us-at-foss4g-2016-in-bonn/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/meet-us-at-foss4g-2016-in-bonn/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:47:38 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12541 As we announced in February, we will be sponsoring this year’s FOSS4G Conference in Bonn, Germany (August 24-26th)We will have a booth at the exhibition space where you can meet our core team in person and check out first glimpses of our new platform that we are preparing to launch later this year. Also, Dino, our CEO will have a presentation on how to get maps offline on mobile devices.
New Platform Demonstration and Meeting at FOSS4G 2016

If you are visiting FOSS4G 2016, be sure to stop by GIS Cloud booth No. 3 and meet with our team.

Where to find us?

  • Last but not the least, you can attend GIS Cloud  New Platform Demonstration on Friday, 26th of August in the Plenary Office (14:30-15:00). We will introduce some major changes to our platform, and this will be a first sneak preview before the release.

 

Interested in arranging a meeting with GIS Cloud team at FOSS4G 2016? Contact us at hello@giscloud.com

 

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Mapping Your Workflow – GIS for Roadworks Live Demo http://www.giscloud.com/blog/mapping-your-workflow-gis-for-roadworks-live-demo/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/mapping-your-workflow-gis-for-roadworks-live-demo/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:02:29 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12468 .wpcf7-text { width:420px; }

On July 14th, we held a GIS Cloud live demo “GIS For Roadworks – See How it Works.” Thanks to all who attended and participated in a discussion. Your feedback means a lot to us.  
This demo recording will be useful to all our users and those who are interested in GIS Cloud apps and solutions. Although the demonstration was focused on a case study describing a workflow in Roadworks, Public Works or Highway Departments and transportation industry in general, it applies to other industries with similar use cases.
It is a great example of creating an efficient workflow that consists of project creation, asset data collection, map visualisation, data sharing, collaboration and analysis.
This recording also includes all of the questions asked by webinar attendees during the presentation.
 
Fill in the form and watch the video:

 

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For any additional questions, contact us here.


 

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Discover the world of Geo-Marketing: FiDA & Co. Studios http://www.giscloud.com/blog/discover-the-world-of-geo-marketing-fida-co-studios/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/discover-the-world-of-geo-marketing-fida-co-studios/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:06:56 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12478 Geo-marketing is one of those cloud/web mapping applications utilized by businesses all across the digital sphere, usually by marketing managers and staff in organizations of all sizes and profiles. If you are doing anything marketing related, you know that knowing a perfect location for placing a billboard, pitching your tent or opening a new shop or company branch is one of the key factors contributing to your future success. Bussines---Location-Intelligence-3

Apart from planning your advertisements and business expansion, location based knowledge can contribute to various aspects of your operations, such as logistics, delivery and distribution zones, determining Wi-Fi zones or dividing sales sectors. This exciting possibility of using latest cloud GIS technology for Geo-Marketing is also utilized by some of our most active users.

That’s why we decided to talk with Ahmed Amin, Co-founder and Head of Commercial at FiDA & Co. Studios [F&CS] about his experience with GIS Cloud apps for his marketing activities. F&CS is a Media Intelligence and Out of Home (OOH) advertising agency based in Cairo, Egypt that provides customized solutions utilizing advanced technologies to assist their clients achieving their targets and ensure proper exposure, and to reach the marketing positioning through benchmarking their clients OOH advertising network vs competitors. Their focus is on strategic marketing, audit and compliance solutions for their clients based on an in-depth analysis of their activities.

Geomarketing Use Case

“The digital sphere is always challenging, evolving and a dynamic working environment. We encourage ideas, entrepreneurialism, and aspiration. Our pedigree is passion and commitment to excellence and with that, we transform our vision into reality.” – Ahmed Amin, FiDA & Co. Studios

 

Geolocation Tools in the Marketing Sphere

FiDA & Co. Studios [F&CS] have been working with GIS Cloud since May 2014, collecting, visualizing and analyzing their client’s assets in real time. Their data collection team covered the country nationwide to ensure and deliver a complete data visualization at high accuracy for their clients.

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So, what were the main challenges in establishing a Geo-Marketing service?

Knowing that visualization and location awareness is the essential tool for planning marketing activities throughout the country, Ahmed Amin and his team wanted to create an easy-to-use visualization, analytics, and reporting tool. This tool would enable their clients to monitor the performance of their outdoor billboard campaigns or track and locate their retail, merchandising and events in real time.

Considering rapidly changing environment conditioning the marketing activities and abundance of new technologies, they wanted to stay on top of their game making the most of the cutting-edge technologies in the cloud. What they needed was a real-time app suited for marketers of all profiles. Many people in digital business are easily turned off by a difficult onboarding process, additional and unexpected costs, as well as unintuitive user interface and unresponsive apps not suited for mobile that is unavoidable at the fast pace of the industry. Real-time data collection was an absolute requirement for a successful campaign that depends on a location.

 

So, what was the solution?

FiDA & Co. Studios [F&CS] have created TrackMe – Egypt, the first and the only OOH (Out of Home) Geo based service provider within the region, built on GIS Cloud platform and integrated with additional analytics solution. This app was designed for geolocation and tracking of billboards, outdoor signages, retail, and other types of assets in real time. In the words of Ahmed Amin:

Whether our clients need to monitor the performance of their outdoor billboard campaigns or geo locate their retail, we help them to monitor all points in real-time so that they could be able to take prompt actions at ease, if required.

F&CS solutions are available for different sectors such as telecoms, FCMG (Fast-moving consumer goods), real estate developers, banking, automotive, NGO’s and governments. Today, their daily operations are based on grid matrix system that enables their clients to plan their campaigns taking into account their budget, geographic distribution, and other relevant factors. This system was built on top of GIS Cloud data collection and mapping platform.

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Cloud GIS technology provided an opportunity for F&CS to keep up with the speed of industry because it allows updating maps, working and collaborating with clients in real time. GIS Cloud solution works across all platforms and is perfect for dynamic mobile environment of marketing sphere. Visualization on a map combined with a smoothless data collection proved to be a perfect mix for F&CS.

 

Efficiency is the key of our successful collaboration with GIS Cloud, providing customised forms, easily manageable apps and high accuracy of data collection.

 

The main benefits of GIS Cloud, in the words of Ahmed Amin, are a technical support that adds value to the integrated GIS solution, while it is a great tool for non-professional GIS users such as marketers, commercial users, and others. Cost efficiency is another important factor, due to a flexible pricing system and great value for money. For them, GIS Cloud was the optimal solution for creating customized geo-based apps while it provided additional benefits such as device tracking and monitoring capability for data collection field officers.

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Interested in GIS Cloud solutions for geomarketing? Contact us here.

 

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GIS for Roadworks – See How It Works: Live Demo http://www.giscloud.com/blog/gis-for-roadworks-see-how-it-works-live-demo/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/gis-for-roadworks-see-how-it-works-live-demo/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:31:49 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12441 GIS  Cloud Roads and Transportation demo

Driven by a huge interest for our Roadwork Solutions webinar last month and in response to a lot of requests for a more comprehensive demo of GIS Cloud, we decided to schedule another webinar demonstrating full potential of our platform.

 

On Thursday, 14th of July, we will host a 35-minute demo-based webinar “GIS for Roadworks – See How it Works.”

This webinar is dedicated not just to those who work in Roadworks, Public Works or Highway Departments and Transportation industry in general, but for all who want to see the full scope of GIS Cloud capabilities in a real time demonstration.

The live demo will also include a discussion, where you can ask us anything related to GIS Cloud apps. This is also a chance to find out more about our recent developments and new, exciting features and developments we are preparing for the next few months.

 

Webinar Time And Date:

Thursday, July 14th at 7:30 am PDT    10:30am EDT    14:30 GMT

REGISTER HERE

 

Following Topics Will Be Covered:

  • GIS Cloud for road infrastructure and maintenance full demo
  • Field data collection, analysis and reporting for road maintenance step-by-step showcase
  • Live Discussion with GIS Cloud team where you can ask questions in real time

 

Who Should Attend:

  • Those who work in Transportation Industry, or Local Government Highway Departments, Public Works and Infrastructure, Traffic or Transportation Departments
  • All involved in road asset management, infrastructure, maintenance and administration
  • Those who want to make their data collection workflow more efficient and eliminate unnecessary paperwork
  • Contractors and Consultants involved in Roadworks and Transportation
  • Local governments and GIS Departments working on Smart City projects
  • Anyone who wants to see a live demo of GIS Cloud apps & platform

 

Webinar registration link

 

Interested in GIS Solutions for Roadworks? Check out “Solutions for Road Infrastructure and Maintenance” webinar recording or contact us here for any additional questions.

 

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Introducing New Features in Mobile Data Collection http://www.giscloud.com/blog/introducing-new-features-in-mobile-data-collection/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/introducing-new-features-in-mobile-data-collection/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:02:22 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12421 GIS field inspection new features

GIS Cloud team is constantly working on improving the quality and functionality of our apps. Therefore, we would like to present a few of our new features available in Mobile Data Collection app since our latest overview.

Having a copy of an original document is always an important part in preparation process of any business. Whether you are a coordinator (manager) of a big project or a field collector, creating a copy of your MDC form saves you time and secures the backup of your forms (in case of unintentional mistakes such as deleting a form).

 

Duplicated form will contain all the fields and logics applied in original form, but it will not allow access to any data collected with that form. It is especially helpful when you have long and complex forms with large number of fields and conditional logic applied (dependencies). It is also very useful when you want to share a form with groups of field collectors and you want each group to have a modified copy of the original form.

Filling out a large form is time consuming for every field collector while on the other side it is important to deliver accurate and correct data for the project. That is why we have implemented Autofill option for text fields that surely improves data collection efficiency and accuracy, reduces possible errors during data entry and reduces data collection time. It is easy to use and it basically adds a value of the closest existing feature on the map to a new feature.

 

Another great feature we have implemented in MDC environment is Layer list which is a specially useful tool for data collection projects in utilities. Field inspection and maintenance, sanitary networks, facilities, drainage and water shortages are types of information that need to be available for your field collectors at all times. Now they can switch visibility of the layers on/off or lock the layer (prevents info pop-up) in order to display only the relevant information.

Learning from our users feedback, we have concluded that implementing even a minor change to our solutions can result in better functionality and easier data collection process.

 

Follow user on a map feature allows a collector to see his exact location on the map marked with a pinpoint. It adjusts depending on current map position. Zoom after send feature enables a user to maintain the map extent after new data is collected. In other words, it automatically zooms to the current mobile device location after collecting data.

 

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