Geospatial technologies have been a commonplace in government, utility and business organisations for years. Major platform suppliers like ESRI, Intergraph and Bentley have all been providing geographic information systems (GIS) for over 25 years. First generation geospatial implementations of experimental, proprietary technologies have long been replaced by second generation implementations that employ the enterprise-wide technology and data conventions that have brought the discipline into the mainstream of software provision.
We are now looking at a third generation of geospatial technology. This draws in the latest technologies, from service oriented architectures to open source collaborative developments. No longer deskbound, the user has a host of options from lightweight, internet clients to wireless and detached mobile solutions. Spatial enablement of standard rdbms and the rise of web-hosted data from the likes of Google Maps and Microsoft’s Bing Maps has put location data and spatial analysis in the hands of (almost) everyone.
Geospatial capabilities have become critical elements in the IT portfolio of many major industrial companies. Utilities rely on them for managing utility flows, designing extensions to the network and diagnosing network failures. Being able to pinpoint which customers will be affected by an outage, or failure of supply, and to notify them accordingly has become mandated by regulators around the world – an activity close to impossible without the interconnected networks and spatial analyses enabled by geospatial tools.
From network management by utilities to land use monitoring by local government, geospatial technologies form the backbone of many business critical functions. Cambashi consultants have the hands-on experience to guide you through the latest offerings as they apply in today’s manufacturing industry.
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