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Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
A geographic information system (GIS), or geographical information system, is any system that captures, stores, analyzes, manages, and presents data that are linked to location. In the simplest terms, GIS is the merging of cartography and database technology.
GIS systems are used in cartography, remote sensing, land surveying, utility management, photogrammetry, geography, urban planning, emergency management, navigation, and localized search engines. Therefore, in a general sense, the term describes any information system that integrates, stores, edits, analyzes, shares, and displays geographic information. In a more generic sense, GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries (user-created searches), analyze spatial information, edit data, maps, and present the results of all these operations.
Geographic information science is the science underlying the geographic concepts, applications and systems, taught in degree and certificate programs at many universities. GIS technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, asset management, archaeology, environmental impact assessment, urban planning, cartography, criminology, geographic history, marketing, logistics, prospectivity mapping, and other purposes. For example, GIS might allow emergency planners to easily calculate emergency response times (i.e. logistics) in the event of a natural disaster, GIS might be used to find wetlands that need protection from pollution, or GIS can be used by a company to site a new business location to take advantage of a previously under-served market.
TGIS uses a proudly South African developed GIS called Planet GIS. Planet GIS offers added functionalities at lower prices, which places it very competitively in the GIS market. Planet GIS is an extremely powerful tool and will help anyone visualise and understand data and the far reaching impacts of this data. The Planet GIS base allows us to offer a lower cost option for cash strapped organisations and municipalities. For more information please visit the Planet GIS website.
TGIS also use the ESRI product range or Arc GIS. As the worlds leading GIS software suite, it was natural that we would build our solutions to be compatible with this software. For more information please visit the ESRI website. As TGIS is located in South Africa, we work closely with ESRI South Africa, a ESRI subsidiary, please visit the ESRI South Africa website.
The GIS component of our solutions are merely that a singular component, the solution providing capability resides in utilising GIS and additional technologies in an integrated manner. We have created our solutions to be compatible with most GIS packages. This is to ensure that clients who have bought into GIS platforms are not excluded from our offerings due to a lack of GIS platform compatibility.
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