Geographic information system (GIS) is a multifaceted computing system that has the ability to accumulate, analyze, and makes accessible geospatial data. GIS can be a storage, display and analytical tool. Though Esri has been and still is dominant in the GIS market, with the phenomenal growth of other systems such as google maps and bing, and the advances in their analytical tools, we are seeing crossover. So when providing AVL solutions, – what is the role of GIS?
Though I dislike it when people say this to me, the answer is, “it depends”. At MarshallGIS we propose that a number of different GIS technologies are useful, and which one is best depends on the business work flow. For our mobile resource management solution, LiGO®, we have the following examples:
- Parole Officer wants to see where staff vehicles are NOW relative to streets or terrain:
- LiGO® web application using Google Maps (with street view or satellite view or windshield view)
- Water operations manager wants to see what hydrants are being worked on NOW:
- LiGO® vehicles displayed on your Esri GIS water layers, and perhaps with active work orders displayed on map as well.
- County Roads supervisor wants to see plow/sprayer metrics for last season by road type (primary, secondary, etc.):
- LiGO® tracks with plow/sprayer data merged with the Esri GIS County road layer.
The idea is mobile sensor data can be combined in myriad ways with systems you use every day. We like to think of LiGO® as the mobile resource “snap on tool” to use with your enterprise GIS/Business systems.
Chief Snap On Tool Manager