Barnsley Council is First to Put Interactive Maps on a Stratus Cloud

Pitney Bowes Business Insight SaaS Solution Saves Money and Enables Service Improvements for Local Community

Windsor, Berks,  6 December 2011 –  Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI), a global leader in customer data, analytics and communication software and services,  today announced that Barnsley Council has successfully deployed  MapInfo Stratus, a web-based mapping application, to publish data internally across the organisation and externally to improve communications with the local community.

Customer and Geographical Information Analyst at the Council, Andrew d’Andilly says, “We chose the MapInfo Stratus SaaS (Software as a Service) option because the cost and flexibility of the solution far outweighed any risks associated with not having the technology in-house. It is half the cost of alternative solutions and PBBI guarantees 99.9% availability.”

Using the Stratus Rich Internet Application Controls (RIA Controls), Barnsley has created MyProperty, a service whereby citizens can enter their postcode and access all the necessary information about their area, including, schools doctors and service schedules. Citizens can also access  Barnsley Council Interactive Maps – an interactive mapping service that enables them to activate overlays on top of a detailed map of the area – for example, clicking on ‘Car parks’ instantly highlights the relevant areas on the map. Other overlay options include ‘waste recycling sites’, ‘police stations’, ‘highway closure diversions’ and ‘pedestrian areas’. Citizens are also able to access aerial photography and historical mapping of the region.

Barnsley Council also uses PBBI’s  MapInfo Professional® for mapping and geographic analysis and  MapInfo Manager to build, maintain and manage centralised catalogues of spatial data. The addition of MapInfo Stratus, as a SaaS solution, now enables the sharing of data within and outside the council. 

The integration between MapInfo Manager, MapInfo Stratus and MapInfo Professional forms the backbone of Barnsley’s enterprise data strategy for GIS (geographical information systems) and allows it to push boundaries that were not possible previously. But for d’Andilly, MapInfo Stratus is the key to another level: “To me it is not an application, it is a tool kit. I can sit there and pick off the bits that I want to make a customised application.”

When MapInfo Stratus went live it marked the culmination of four years’ work which d’Andilly says has moved Barnsley Council from ‘no GIS to bleeding edge’. “With PBBI, we now have a strong partner to work with when it comes to developing new products and services and together we have been able, with limited resources, to roll out an applications suite that is transforming us into a pioneer in the field.”

The Council’s Interactive Map and MyProperty application are just a first step with further major enhancements in the pipeline. These include: integration with the Siemens traffic management system to deliver real-time traffic information through digital road signage; a facility for reporting street light failure and other maintenance tasks; and its use by NPS Barnsley as a platform for managing council properties.

Driving the two year evolution at Barnsley Council have been some very specific business goals:

  • Improve customer interaction 
  • Enable online information and reporting on properties, locations and other assets
  • Make information more accessible inside and outside the organisation
  • Shift customer interaction away from the call-centre to online channels

Within the Council feedback is overwhelmingly positive with people reporting that it is exactly what was needed and makes many jobs a lot easier to perform. According to d’Andilly, ‘you can see those light bulbs turning on’ when they are shown what it can do. ‘This technology is a great enabler when it comes to more efficient use of limited resources. It’s the key to developing better relationships with our customers and it provides us with the tools and business intelligence to be more productive.’

Review Article Be the first to review this article
Teledyne Optech:

Trimble Catalyst

Featured Video
Database Specialist for MDA Information Systems LLC at Gaithersburg, MD
Data Scientist for University of Utah at Salt Lake City, UT
Sr. GIS Technical Analyst for Southern California Edison SCE Transmission and Distribution Organization at Rosemead, CA
Imagery Analyst for ARA at Albuquerque, NM -1229, NM
Inside Sales for SolidCAM at Newtown, PA
Architetural Project Manager for DRA Architects at Irvine, CA
Upcoming Events
2017 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference at Chattanooga Convention Center Chattanooga Tennessee - Mar 6 - 9, 2017
IGTF 2017 ASPRS Annual Meeting 2017 at Marriot Waterfront Baltimore Baltimore MD - Mar 11 - 17, 2017
MAPPS Federal Programs Conference at Sheraton Hall Silver Spring Maryland - Mar 13 - 15, 2017
WorldCover 2017 Conference at ESRIN Italy - Mar 14 - 16, 2017
Teledyne Optech
University of Denver GIS Masters Degree Online

Internet Business Systems © 2017 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
595 Millich Dr., Suite 216, Campbell, CA 95008
+1 (408)-337-6870 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy Policy