Marcus Hanke, Chief Executive at 1Spatial explains, “The rise and impact of big data in the geospatial sector has created new challenges. Organisations need to be sure that they are basing their decisions on accurate and reliable data, but managing constantly changing, location information has become a huge concern”. He continued, “By moving some of our services into the cloud, our clients can choose whether to validate and maintain their data on site or in our secure cloud. Because we manage the world’s largest spatial big datawe can help our clients make smarter use of their data”.
1Spatial’s big data validation and maintenance tools were developed in response to the complexities of working with large amounts of spatial data and improving outcomes. The company already provides the foundations for data management and processing solutions around the world. 1Spatial uses a data-centric approach to provide speedy implementation with broad and easy-to-use access to that data.
Barry Doyle, GIS Officer, Roscommon County Council explains, “The 1Spatial Cloud platform proved a very useful and time saving tool. We believe that the service can save councils like us many man-months of work. We found the various rule checks identified issues that wouldn’t have otherwise been identified, no matter how much time was spent manually checking the data. Additionally, the facility to automatically correct the data, by eliminating geometric and connectivity issues, while also re-aligning the road segments and road nodes with the line work, proved very valuable and ensures we have a database that is now fit-for-purpose.”
1Spatial works with national mapping and charting agencies, utilities companies, defence and government departments, where maintaining the quality of data which needs frequently updating is an ongoing issue. Once the data has been captured by field surveyors or in-house editors, 1Spatial validates it by checking against hundreds of pre-established rules. Any failures can be manually or automatically resolved so the quality and integrity of the database is maintained. This data-centric approach provides speedy implementation with broad and easy-to-use access to that data. With 1Spatial’s approach organisations can be confident in the data quality and therefore able to generate new information or manipulate data for a client’s particular purpose.
For example, organisations can use 1Spatial’s processes to find their missing data. 1Spatial is able to automatically compare intelligent source data with existing assets to predict the location of missing assets. In practice, this has resulted in a rise in accuracy from 50% to 90%. When utilities engineers arrive to dig up the ground, they are now more likely to be looking in the right place.
“Because we focus very much on the data and its delivery we are in many ways technology neutral,” explained Marcus Hanke, “Clients are not sewn in to a technology path because our development efforts focus on setting out automated validation and maintenance processes, enabling our clients to easily work with the data within their own environments”.
1Spatial Cloud is revolutionising the quality of spatial data, by offering a flexible, low cost, easy to use route to validating, correcting, and managing data via the cloud using a scalable, zero infrastructure environment.
Notes to Editors
1Spatial was acquired by Avisen in November 2011.
1Spatial technology already provides the foundations for data management and processing solutions around the world. Customers include National Mapping and Charting Agencies, utilities companies and defence and government departments