Geo-Enabling Retail and Property (with emergent location solutions)
Steven Eglinton, GeoEnable
First presented at The SLA Forum 2013
In this presentation I will examine how Location Analytics, as a technology solution and a term, is very rapidly becoming a mainstream concept in IT and GIS.
With examples, what one thought of as specialised tools, such as GIS, are now being ‘democratised’ and embedded in easy-to-use business processes and workflows.
With examples of how this could benefit the property and retail sector, I will examine the main and most important trends in, ‘Geospatial’ and Location Analytics that affect anyone involved in spatial analysis or GIS. These trends really are ‘game changers’ compared with the last 35 years of GIS and Location Technologies and need to be understood to leverage the potential benefits.
1. Cloud GIS – off-premise hosted mapping and location analytics tools. This can dramatically reduce costs and complexity of implementation.
2. ‘Big Data’ – analysing and visualising vast quantities of near real-time data
Location Analytics – the use of, what would have been called GIS technologies, embedded in systems for NON-specialist users.
3. Dynamic (Real-time) Mapping
4. Open Data – Open data from the UK and US for use in business context. This includes postcode data, which is now free to use
5. Mobility – Real-time maps in people’s pockets! with the ability to edit and capture new data
6. Embedding Location – In Processes and integration of Location in enterprise solutions – esp for Asset Management / ERP
7. Location for all – Location Analytics is becoming part of peoples’ jobs as part of a workflow. Typically non-specialist users are now leveraging ‘GIS-like’ technologies without even knowing.
Geo-Enabling Retail & Property
The Society for Location Analysis (SLA) Forum 2013
18th Oct 2013 - London, UK
Steven Eglinton FBCart.S, MBCS, MIoD
Council Member/Director, Association for Geographic Information (AGI)
We know and love traditional GIS
… but it is a ‘Black Box’ to most people
Joins and Links
Does your existing GIS and IT really
fulfil your business needs?
Technology is simply a tool, an enabler
Things are changing - fast
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Location Intelligence / Location Analytics
Embedded and integrated Mapping Solutions
Mobile as standard
and solutions for all
But, are we clear on why?
… and how it all works together?
At GeoEnable, we see Geo-Enablement as a whole process
Real-life example - King’s Cross
"The King's Cross project is the largest area of urban redevelopment
in Europe and it will include the largest new street in London since
Kingsway in 1904; the largest public square since Trafalgar Square in
Evening Standard Magazine
An extraordinary part of London is taking shape
50 new buildings, 2 000 new homes, 20 new streets, 10 new public
squares, 67 acres (27 ha) , 45 000 people who live, work and study in
Read more: http://www.kingscross.co.uk/
Why does King’s Cross need Web GIS?
Web GIS is easier to deploy and maintain than ‘traditional GIS’
Web GIS is less expensive than a stack of ‘traditional GIS’
Web GIS enables:
Communication & Collaboration on projects
Context to developments, projects and assets (land, buildings, infrastructure)
Stakeholder, contractor and public engagement
Time savings for finding, re-using and sharing of data (surveys, CAD, GIS)
Visualisation and mapping of non-spatial information
Reduction of duplication of effort for data workflows
Mobile mapping – direct from The Cloud
Examples of current trends
Dynamic (Real-time) Mapping
Location for all
Also known as hosted Web GIS
Cloud GIS – off-premise hosted mapping and location analytics tools.
This can dramatically reduce costs and complexity of implementation
What does that mean?
What does it look like in practice? >>>>
An Integrated Geospatial Platform
Links to other systems
Read-write in the field
Read-only in the office
and Web GIS
Read-write in the office
Must be process-driven
‘Big Data’ – analysing and visualising vast quantities of near real-time
Structured or unstructured
Large volumes (define large)
Would include social media – Tweets etc
We have the capability to handle this already
GeoEnrichment - mapping, infographics, reports, and data enrichment
Real value is with dashboards style analytics
Location Analytics – Embedding Location
Think of it not as GIS, but map-enabling existing systems
Inside your existing business systems:
Uses data from any databases with location references
Open Data – Open data from the UK and US for use in business
context. This includes postcode data, which is now free to use
But, what’s your plan to use it? Where are the benefits for YOU?
Embedding Location in Processes
Embedding Location – Integration of Location in enterprise solutions –
esp for Asset Management / ERP
First we need to embed an Information Culture
Embed Business Processes to enable the technology
Business Process Change
Standards and other Information Governance
Consider Lead and Six Sigma (we provide this also!)
Information Management (IM) for GIS
Information Management activity must lead GIS activity
All information (data) must have owners & custodians
Information needed to inform business decisions
Information forms the cornerstone for collaboration
Information needs to be seen as an asset
‘Single Source of Truth’
From Geo-Centric to Geo-Enabled
• From a focus on Geospatial Technologies & Tools
• To embedding Geospatial Information in Business
Location for All
Location for all – Location Analytics is becoming part of peoples’ jobs
as part of a workflow. Typically non-specialist users are now
leveraging ‘GIS-like’ technologies without even knowing.
We needed people to ‘Think Information’, Not Just Maps!
Plans and Maps
Asset Management Reports
Example Process - Project Progress
Master Plan Cost Plan (MPCP):
King's Cross Project
and Cost Reporting
MANAGE & SHARE
Opportunities for Change
GeoWeb / Cloud GIS
Standards for Web Services - e.g. OGC
Mainstream Location Information
Automated Business Processes / BPM / Innovation
Geospatial Convergence – CAD, survey, GIS, BIM
BIM – Building Information Modelling
Sensor Web / Smart Networks
Personal experience and expectation
But, are you clear on why?
What is the purpose of your GIS / Location Analytics?
And how does your GIS add value?
Do you have a strategy?
Do you have a road map?
Does your boss understand?
Does the CEO know or care?
How do we integrate geospatial?
We can help you see Geo-Enablement as a whole process
Who are GeoEnable?
“At GeoEnable we help you unlock your geospatial and location
information as part of workflows and efficient business processes.”
We democratise location information by embedding location technologies
We are UK-based, working with partners in the USA and Brazil
We specialise in ArcGIS Online
We are part of the Esri Partner Network and Esri Developer Network
Our UK and EMEA Director is Steven Eglinton
Want to use parts of this presentation? Just ask us!
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