What's a Geographic Information System (GIS)?

In honour of international GIS Day, we're talking GIS, it's origin, how its evolved and most importantly how it integrates with asset management software.

A geographic information system or geographical information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data.

In a general sense, the term describes any information system that integrates, stores, edits, analyzes, shares, and displays geographic information. GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries (user-created searches), analyze spatial information, edit data in maps, and present the results of all these operations. Geographic information science is the science underlying geographic concepts, applications, and systems

GIS is a broad term that can refer to a number of different technologies, processes, and methods. It is attached to many operations and has many applications related to engineering, planning, management, transport/logistics, insurance, telecommunications, and business. For that reason, GIS and location intelligence applications can be the foundation for many location-enabled services that rely on analysis and visualization.

GIS as relates to asset management software allows you to identify, locate, prioristise and manage your assets:

  1. Make better, faster planning decisions with full spatial context in the asset management workflow.
  2. Visually identify the location of various assets requiring maintenance.
  3. Easily convey the information, its priority and location in order to make informed decisions for resourse scheduling and efficient service.

Example below:

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