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The Benefits of Digitalizing Geographic Location Information

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Transforming location specific data into digital format is useful in many industries such as many industries such as engineering, planning, management, transport/logistics, insurance, telecommunications, and business.

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The Benefits of Digitalizing Geographic Location Information

  1. 1. The Benefits of Digitalizing Geographic Location Information Geographic location is one among the prime factors that must be considered when thinking of a new business concern. Identifying ideal business location, targeting customers, and competitors is important for a successful venture. The Geographical Information Systems or GIS can explain business geographics in an efficient way. It is a system designed to capture and manipulate different types of geographic data. Around twenty years ago, the geographical information on locations was stored in the form of paper files. It was difficult for a central office to share and access information available across its distributed branches. With the advent of computers and the Internet, data access and transfer has become easier and quicker. The reason is that location information is now available in digital format. Document scanning is the first step to convert paper documents to digital format. Scanning and digitizing new information and converting pre-existing documents to digital formats allows easy data storage and retrieval. Scanned paper documents can be converted to any type of file format such as PDF, EXCEL, TIFF and much more. The end product of GIS is a map that comprises all geographic information that the user needs. Such information, readily available in digital format, is useful for businesses, and industries such as education, healthcare, tourism, mapping and charting, geospatial intelligence, disaster management, transportation, and so on. For example, according to a recent report, while evaluating the fire call response time, the Arlington Fire Department found that GIS stored in digital format helped them to reduce their response time to an emergency call. At one time, location specific information could be obtained only by going through many pages of text. With digitization, the same data is now available on a computer screen in a matter of seconds. This is also allowing more effective decision making on the location of future fire stations for greater public safety. Spatial technologies such as Global Positioning System (GPS) and GIS information systems are enabling the collection and analysis of field data in many industries such as engineering, planning, management, transport/logistics, insurance, telecommunications, and business. Data capture or the entering of information into the GIS can be a time-consuming task. Data on paper or maps on microfilm have to
  2. 2. be digitized or scanned to produce digital data. The raster data obtained from scanning maps can be further processed to yield vector data. Analyzing and making sense of massive amounts of data for better visualization can be efficiently accomplished with help from a professional document conversion company.

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