April 21, 2010 -- GGP Systems has announced a cost saving innovation that gives councils the ability to save millions of pounds of public money. Aimed at UK local authorities that deliver a wide range of services and are struggling to reduce spending, the latest version of GGP’s GIS allows centralised ‘datastores’ to be employed. This cuts out data duplication and with it the administrative resources required to maintain multiple datasets, improves access to accurate and up to date information and will ultimately deliver significant improvements in operational efficiency.
The newly released GGP GIS software offers the ability to store complex layers of mapped information in an international standard format defined by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Being able to directly read from and write to spatial databases means information can be effectively shared between departments and or other organisations, eliminating isolated data silos, reducing data duplicity and improving system interoperability, as well as enabling the joining up of diverse datasets to provide a richer information resource.
Centralisation of information is very important for councils looking to improve the way they spend their budget; accurate and comprehensive geographic information – in effect better street level local intelligence - allows councils to better target resources and avoid unnecessary wastage of public money.
“In order to maximise the potential of geographic information so that public organisations can spend their budgets more effectively, it is essential that large volumes of data can be securely stored and easily accessed,” commented Tim Maxwell founder and Managing Director of GGP Systems. “The integration of multiple spatial databases within GGP GIS will provide the foundation for deploying enterprise wide spatial information and facilitating either web based or wireless location based applications.”
Plymouth is just one example of a Council who has reported savings achieved through the use of GGP software. An estimated £10 million has been saved from GIS and the LLPG (Local Land and Property Gazetteer – a centralised address database); money that has been re-invested in delivering better services to the citizens of Plymouth.
The OpenGIS® Simple Features Interface Standard (SFS) describes a common way for applications to store and access geospatial data in databases, so that the data can be used to support other applications. The standard is maintained by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). GGP GIS has the ability to read from and write into spatial databases and supports Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008, Oracle 9i, 10g and 11g (Locator or Spatial). GGP also supports Postgresql with PostGIS, which is well known in the Open Source community.
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