Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GIS is a digital map, built in layers. The map layers can include features such as roads, streams, property ownership, pipelines and base maps such as aerial photography or satellite imagery, which are used as a foundation or base map. More than just a pretty map, each layer of the GIS contains descriptive information or data values. Map layers can be overlaid and cross-referenced to answer interesting questions about locations and spatial relationships.
Waypoint Mapping is an Esri Partner Network company and we pioneered the use of GIS as a "Common Operational Picture" or COP. This provides realtime access to a wide variety of map information for better situational awareness, planning and decision-making by emergency managers. Just like the big map on the wall in old war movies, a GIS-based COP tells a story. Waypoint Mapping implemented the GIS at the Incident Command Post for the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Disaster in 2010.
Try it yourself on the realtime web map below! It's LIVE! (items have info pop-ups - click on the map to see)
Waypoint Mapping GIS Common Operational Picture at Major Events
Waypoint Mapping Online Swipe Map compares before and after drone imagery of Blanco River Flood Disaster in Wimberley, TX
Mobile GIS on iOS & Android
The smart phone and tablet revolution has provided yet another way to access and use GIS. You can publish map services that can be acessed by the public or a more restricted group of users such as your clients or internal staff only. Since smart devices already contain a GPS, a high-res screen display, a camera and wireless Internet, all you add is the mobile GIS app for realtime situational awareness and mapping on your phone or tablet.
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