GIS – An Introduction

Irrespective of which industry your business belongs to, the impact of data-driven decision making is on an exponential trajectory in recent years. GIS (Geographic Information System) is one such framework that deals with the collection, analysis, storage, and visualisation of data based on spatial analytics.

The outcome of GIS aids businesses and other public institutions in drawing accurate insights on complex data. GIS mapping involves data visualisation on a map. Their role in data management of commercial organisations, cities, countries, and other global-level institutions is immense.

In this article, we will touch upon the ever-expanding influence of GIS technology in multiple sectors.

Use Cases Of GIS

From the daily usage of Google Maps to transportation issues, telecom, urban planning, disease analysis, utilities and energy, agriculture, search and rescue, the list of use cases keeps growing.

We will go through four of the major ones in this section.

Urban Planning

Local governments, municipalities, and city agencies rely on GIS solutions to map spatial and non-spatial data within the city premises. This measure dramatically helps city planning and development and brings down the administrative costs by utilising the budget more efficiently.

Global Health Issues Mapping

GIS technology can be leveraged to analyse global health epidemics by geospatial modelling of risk areas regarding environmental, socio-economic, or other relevant parameters. 

You can’t stress enough the relevance of having a tool to visualise public health data patterns and create timely intervention strategies.

Safe Construction Guidelines

Safe housing and construction in areas susceptible to natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, landslides can be a game-changer in saving innumerable lives. 

For instance, creating heatmaps of vulnerable areas using GIS solutions can bring out a spatial analysis of their extent of hazards and public perceptions of risks. Based on these details, construction firms can plan their projects and avert huge losses of life and property.  

Ecology Research

GIS can be an effective tool in vegetation management that can make farmer’s lives easier. The presence of parasitic flora can wreak havoc on the cultivation yields. 

Application of GIS mapping for ecology research, farmland monitoring and communication can help prevent the growth of such unwanted plants and increase farmer’s revenue and productive output.  

Concluding Thoughts

We have only grazed the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the applications of GIS mapping across business sectors. Geospatial analysis is powered by real-time data collection and visualisation blends multiple disciplines of database management, geography, cartography, computer science, etc.

GIS has revolutionised the way we use spatial information for accurate decision making. The solutions are becoming ever interactive and user-friendly to produce maps, charts, and 3-D diagrams for ease of analysis. 

We hope this blog intrigues you to explore the numerous possibilities of GIS even further and encourages you to adopt GIS to fast track and advance your firm’s data-driven decision making.