Smart Buildings

GIS Goes Indoors to Bring a New Level of Visual Data Intelligence to Buildings

Geographic information system (GIS) has been around for a long time, dating back to the 1960’s or earlier by many accounts, it has helped urban and regional planners better understand their environment with data rich mapping. In recent decades, GIS has become an important business tool, helping companies understand patterns, trends, and relationships by using socio-demographic, economic, and many other forms of data in the context of location through advanced urban mapping software. Now GIS is beginning to take advantage of the sensory development inside smart buildings to bring its powerful mapping to our indoor environments. “While GIS has long been limited to the outdoor world, new technology has now also paved the way for indoor GIS. Activating the power of location inside buildings provides occupants with unprecedented levels of visibility and actionable data. Indoor GIS helps increase workflow efficiencies and productivity and enables smart buildings,” reads an official statement from a GIS market leader, […]

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