GIS stands for geographic information system and refers to the processing of
information related to space and time (i.e., spatiotemporal) here on Earth.
It is commonly used on maps to show the relative location of objects,
either as a snapshot or over time.
A GIS software solution is designed to record, collect, manipulate, analyze
and interpret all types of spatial or geographical data.
Standards for processing GIS data are developed by an open consortium known
as the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
In addition to public domain GIS solutions, several commercial vendors
provide GIS software to businesses, including ESRI and CARIS. Other companies
offer geospatial software development kits (SDKs) that allow developers to
build mapping solutions that can utilize GIS data.
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What are the key uses of GIS?
GIS solutions help to represent spatial data from a GPS or other remote sensing
device in easy to understand visual formats, often as data layers over
topographic maps or satellite imagery.
GIS solutions are often used to map detailed city plans, plot utilities such
as power and water lines, or track changes in population density and land uses
The geographic data in a GIS solution helps organizations and individuals plan
for new buildings, roads and services as conditions change in the real world.
What is the difference between GIS and GPS?
GIS is often confused with GPS. Though it operates in the same stratosphere,
GIS is designed to analyze and store the types of data collected through GPS
and other devices.
GIS applications work to store historical spatial location data and can then
interface with near real-time GPS information to provide location-relevant
feedback. A great example of this would be when setting up geofences (i.e.,
a record of a series of latitude and longitude points to determine a virtual
perimeter) to alert fleet managers if a vehicle is moved offsite without
GIS and fleet management
GIS data can be used within a telematics
solution to provide additional insight
when managing a mobile workforce, such as near real-time weather (considered
raster data), or the location of built assets such as pipelines, substations
or cabling (vector data).
Geospatial data can help fleet managers plan daily operations of their fleet,
as well as assist with decision making around future changes to the business,
like population modeling and land use. LIDAR information (i.e., fine grain
spatial analysis data) will also likely come into play in fleet management
in the future as it becomes a part of self-driving vehicle systems.
GPS fleet tracking
Our GPS fleet tracking software monitors your entire mobile workforce
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