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What Can You Do With GIS?

What Can You Do With GIS?

A GIS, known as a Geographic Information System, lets users view, analyze, and understand data in ways that reveal patterns, relationships, and trends. In essence, a GIS lets users visualize and interpret data in an efficient, yet meaningful way. This technology is used in a variety of industries, with the most prominent applications in the government, transportation, telecommunications, and energy sectors.However, GIS is quickly spreading to other industries as well, and even being used for more non-traditional applications including:

Elections and Voting: GIS can be used to identify key areas where voter registrations seem to be underperforming, which can then be analyzed and picked up by the political press for debate.

Education: A detailed analysis of population profiles can be recorded in GIS and then modeled to show current educational services and predict where they will be needed in the future.

Urban and Regional Planning: Local governments, city officials, and urban planners use GIS data to make informed decisions for planning new areas. GIS applications allow for greater transparency in planning because spatial data can be plotted at the local, regional, and national level.

Law Enforcement: GIS technology can help law enforcement officials ensure resources at the street level are deployed in the most efficient manner. For example, a technique known as “hot spot analysis” helps officials determine where to allocate police assets in a specific area in order to reduce crimes.

Emergency and Disaster Management: GIS allows layers of physical data to predict the risk of natural disasters in a certain area. GIS applications can create “what if” scenarios to propose disaster avoidance mechanisms.

At GeoTel Communications, our unique business strategy converges telecommunications infrastructure data with GIS technologies to create telecom GIS data sets. By researching, obtaining, and digitizing fiber maps along with other telecom-related infrastructure in a GIS format, we provide various telecom maps and telecom data products that give valuable insight into the competitive fiber optic landscape. If you need to know the particular telecommunications infrastructure of a city or region, call (800) 277-2172 to order custom-made fiber maps.

Valerie Stephen