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March 6th, 2014
Simplified Software Set to Spread GIS Use

Dekho 4.1 – the latest update to Australia’s leading web mapping server – has been reengineered, enabling smoother access to maps and geographic information for users of all technical abilities.

Developed by Esri Australia, the technology integrates seamlessly with the world’s leading spatial software – Esri’s ArcGIS platform – to deliver GIS capabilities across an organisation’s entire network of departments and services.

Esri Australia Product Development Manager Bryce Smith said Dekho 4.1 has a strong focus on user experience, making it possible for anyone to take advantage of GIS technology.

“The vision behind Dekho 4.1 was to make the software simpler to use and administer – while at the same time increasing its functionality and performance,” Mr Smith said.

“Every day, thousands of people use Dekho to access geographic information and mapping capabilities – and a large number of these users are not technical experts.

“As such, we redesigned the Dekho web administration interface to make it incredibly straight-forward to operate.”

Mr Smith said there were several important updates to the platform which would give users improved tools to generate better results from their GIS data.

“A major improvement to the software is giving administrators the option to create maps within Dekho – instead of needing to switch between applications – allowing for greater productivity,” he said.

“We’ve also included a new value-add product called ‘InstaLink’ which readily connects the platform with other key systems including: Pathway, Works & Assets, Property & Rating, Hansen, and Conquest – just to name a few.

“The printing function has also been upgraded to take advantage of the core ArcGIS printing capabilities – making it easier for users to print their maps.”

Nik Henry, a Dekho administrator and software developer at NSW Office of Environment Heritage, said the greatest advantage of Dekho 4.1 is the ability to enable administrators to create their own maps and templates.

“We are currently providing our staff and our Land Management Framework partners – such as Sydney Catchment Authority, Local Land Services (LLS) and Crown Lands – with access to Dekho 4.1 for evaluation purposes so they can manage and report on their investment in Natural Resource Management,” Mr Henry said.

“We’ve found the greatest benefit to be our administrators can now easily create maps for specific users and roles – whether it’s customer service or finance.”

Since launching in 2007, Dekho has become a core technology system for many of Australasia’s leading commercial entities – such as Western Power – as well as state and local government organisations, including Brisbane City Council and Marlborough District Council (NZ).

Mr Smith said Dekho’s ongoing development has closely considered the evolution of the ArcGIS platform, to ensure GIS professionals continue to get the most out of their technology investment.

“Esri keeps the ArcGIS roadmap under close guard – however our team is fortunate enough to have a front-row seat to the platform’s future development plans.

“Our Product Develop Group works closely with Esri technology developers to ensure Dekho users can realise the greatest benefit from the ArcGIS platform.”

As a key software release for Esri Australia in 2014, Dekho 4.1 will be a highlight at the Directions seminar series, which tours the country from March.

To register for Directions, visit: www.esriaustralia.com.au/directions

For further information on Dekho 4.1, visit: www.esriaustralia.com.au/dekho41