Most drivers use web mapping services such as Google Maps to get from one point to another in the most efficient way possible. However, what if a more powerful map existed that could give more in-depth information to help you make smarter decisions? Welcome to the world of geographic information systems, or GIS!
GIS is spatial mapping software that gathers and manages location data and converts it into layered and/or 3D maps that reveal more patterns, relationships and trends than flat data alone. GIS can create customized maps, dashboards, real-time tracking systems and online forms without the skills of a software developer. It can even create mobile apps so data can be entered from any device or location and immediately uploaded into a cloud-based database.
“By knowing where things are happening, you can act and plan better,” said Johnny Brown, GIS technical lead. “Just like GIS helps businesses to better understand and service their customers, GIS helps organizations better understand and service their communities and residents. Emergency services, law enforcement and public health are just a few county organizations that already utilize GIS capabilities."
Leveraging an enterprise-level contract with Esri, the market leader of GIS software, Harris County Universal Services provides solutions such as Asset Tracking and Analysis, Civic Inclusion, Crisis Response, Economic Development, Operational Efficiency, Planning for Sustainability, Safety and Security, and Situational Awareness.
To learn how GIS or Esri can empower your department or office with location-based data, call 713-274-7856, email email@example.com or visit the Esri website.