GIS

The World in a Database: Advanced Geographic Information Systems

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is, fundamentally, a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, integrating, manipulating, analyzing and displaying data which is then related to geographical positions on the Earth`s surface. Geographic Information Systems are an extremely flexible technology representing one of the most innovative and beneficial uses of advanced technology to generate real-world

results. The enrichment of a database with spatial information creates a very broad range of new and exciting possibilities; our track record of GIS development includes such projects as water demand modeling Decision Support Systems (DSS), web-based national early warning systems, census support, OpenGIS Location Service systems, and knowledge visualization systems, and many more diverse and fascinating applications.

With the extreme capability of a GIS come some daunting challenges. It has been typical for a GIS to come with an extreme price tag. Similarly and owing to the complexity of the technology, GIS initiatives are few and successful ones even fewer; the intersection of technological acumen, geographical experience, and high-level project management and formulation capabilities is rare. Even rarer is the ability to see beyond the technology: to visualize how it might be placed in service for the improvement of lives; technology for development, not for itself.

IT Synergy has consistently worked to effect its belief in development of new technologies with the aim of lowering barriers to access. Out of our many years of experience with GIS we have arrived at four key factors for success to manage the classical challenges associated with GIS: make it more cost-effective, make it sustainable, make it transparent, and make it accessible.

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