GIS Supports Centralized Information


The amount of information that is accessible to the common computer
or smart phone user is unbelievable. Type a word into your web browser,
hit search and start reading, it is just that easy. No problems here
really, unless you have to do the same internet searches over and over
again from multiple websites in order to collect the information you
need regularly. All these searches may leave you to wonder how you
might be able to centralize all of this data for quick and easy access
on a daily basis.

For the Village of Morton Grove, IL, finding a solution to this
bigger dilemma was not entirely possible but they were able to enlist
the services of their Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to help
take away some of the burden. By using an interactive web mapping
application that was built on the local network, the Village now has the
capability of retrieving information from the web, converting it into
geographical information and then display that data on top of a map.
What does this do for the end user? Well, a user only has to access the
web application, turn on a GIS layer and then click on the point of
interest in order to obtain vital information about that location. So
far the Village has created more than a half dozen of these accessible
layers with some of them helping more than just one department; two of
the most recently added layers were railroad crossings and traffic
signal locations. What use to take a fire chief or engineer valuable
time searching multiple websites for usable information, now only takes a
few seconds to access the internal map and click on a location to
obtain the same data. Overall, this new format not only centralizes the
data that is being accessed, it also saves employees time.