Geographic information system (GIS) software is designed to manage, display and analyse all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS allows us to view, question and interpret our world in ways that reveal relationships and trends through multiple forms of dissemination including 2D maps, 3D scenes and web GIS.
Esri is the global market leading provider of GIS software, providing government and commercial industry with a single integrated GIS platform from the desktop to web to mobile. Around the world, national agencies and military organisations use Esri geospatial solutions for almost every aspect of operations. The capability of Esri software has resulted in Esri being the core GIS platform of choice for US DoD, NATO and UK MoD.
Helyx, part of the Esri Holdings group, has vast experience in both implementing and exploiting the Esri technology stack, being the only company in the UK that works for both Esri Inc and Esri UK, delivering to clients in Defence, National Security and other government departments.
At Helyx we truly aim to understand the context that our clients operate within and adopt a holistic approach that focuses on the key enterprise assets of people, processes, technology and governance. We partner with our clients to help them define, plan, improve and maintain their doctrine, processes, skills and technology integration.
What can GIS do?
A simple process lets you apply GIS to any business or organizational problem that requires a geographic decision:
Define Problem – Define the problem. What is the question you wish the software to solve?
Define Solution – What output is required to answer the question?
Identify Data – Acquire the data required for the geographic scope of the project. This will direct methods of data collection
Prepare Data – How is the data organised, how accurate is it, and what is the lineage of the data?
Execute Analysis – Analysis is the core strength of GIS. Esri GIS modelling tools make it relatively easy to discover patterns, trends and relationships
Examine and Present – The results of analysis can be shared through reports, maps, tables, and charts and be delivered in printed format or digitally over a network.
The use of GIS technology to manage data allows organisations to combine multiple layers of business information geospatially. This can show new patterns and trends that otherwise may have been missed in a tabular or written visualisation of the same data and therefore improve the decision making process.
Maps and visualisations greatly assist in our understanding of situations and can improve communication between different teams, departments and organisations. GIS can be also be used to take a situation and model multiple scenarios to help understand and analyse different combinations for planning and analysis.
Many organisations have a primary responsibility of maintaining authoritative records about the status and change of geography and a GIS provides a strong framework for managing this data.
Who uses GIS?
Every day, millions of people and their organisations are empowered in their decisions through the use of GIS. Some of the market sectors currently benefiting from the use of GIS include:
- Insurance companies use a GIS to make decisions around risk exposure.
- Governments use GIS to reduce costs and provide online services to citizens.
- Utility companies use GIS to help maintain and locate assets.
- Housing associations use mobile GIS to manage estate repairs.
- Police Forces use GIS to analyse crime and improve public safety.
- Business: banking and financial services, insurance, media and press, real estate, retail.
- Defense and Intelligence: for intelligence and military operations.