In recent news, the federal government intends to revamp its geospatial data center that has been in existence for 10years with ₦1 billion funds of allocations to produce data. And also to make other products and services available globally.
When all has been put in place, areas like the West African sub-region, South Africa, and Kenyan, will gain the services of more surveying and mapping establishments. With this, requisite data will be made available for all sectors of the economy.
Surveyor General of the Federation, Abduganiyu Adeyemi, who disclosed during a media parley in Abuja, said when the center is fully functional, it will help boost revenue generation for the government.
The surveyor-general further went on to say that the government has shown its commitment by inviting Information Communication Technology (ICT) experts with Microsoft from the United States to visit to assess and resuscitate the center.
He declared: “To further enhance the general capacity of the center in providing optimal services, and real-time products and geospatial data, Ground Penetrating Radar System (GPSR) have been procured by the government.
“This will help in determining infrastructures, such as conduit cables, pipes, and other materials underground. We are working towards overhauling the high-performance data center.”
The surveyor-general also added that: “We have developed a weather station for climate change. It has started generating data to enhance the precision forest of weather while protecting the country’s territorial area to monitor internal security.
“We intend to discourage illegality in the activities of surveying and mapping to maximize economic gains. We have been hearing of collapsed buildings, bridges, and others, as a result of some form of deformation.”
To show that his office is working adequately in discharging its statutory duties, Adeyemi said, “they have concluded arrangements for the installation of new Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) and restore 10 others in the country.
“Experts from Portugal are currently training 24 surveyors selected from the National Boundary Commission (NBC) and the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON). With technology, we can determine people entering our country,” he said.
WHAT IS CLOUD-BASED GIS
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These are hosted vendor’s servers and accessed through a browser meant for GIS technology users or members of the public who intend to access maps.
Services include map service, data storage, and access, powerful analysis with applications, to manage assets and information.
Hence a decision towards adding cloud computing in your organization, process management, research methodology, etc. is referred to Cloud-based GIS.
Cloud-based GIS scope in government workflow
Web GIS application enables the sharing and use of traditional GIS possible. Recent trends as shown tremendous opportunity, providing higher quality, and cost-effective government services as well as creating a better relationship between citizens and government.
Improved digitalization within local government’s infrastructure such as city councils, governmental agencies, and departments is a growing use of cloud-based software solutions. Which are improving their functionality in many segments.
Since most of the paperwork, statistics, and public data is now digitized and more easily accessible by both governmental staff and citizens, the next logical step in this process is the adoption of cloud computing in regular governmental workflows. Including the scope and the sharing power of cloud-based GIS, this can definitely be branded as a future of GIS for the government.
A government service platform can be constructed into an organized environment. Leading to the transition of government function and promoting the upgrading of local industries and low economic system.
Remember in the definition of GIS, the Geographical information system is ‘CSTARD’ where “S” is storing spatial and non-spatial data. Today, GIS is focused on the cloud because, the cloud is gaining momentous in storing contacts, calendars, documents, articles, images, accounts, presentations, and everything in the cloud.
In fact, many private GIS-based companies and foremost vendors are developing cloud-based geospatial solutions. The market is expanding and so the government needs to take key aspects of “cloud GIS” as very important.
So why is Cloud GIS important for Government Parastatal?
- Cloud GIS is a more reliable server system; A more reliable server helps to discharge more efficiency to department’s workflows, delayed time, costs, and energy for various departments improves.
Improved flow of information is gained in less time, and you no longer have to collect data in the field, go to the office, wait for it to upload, and start with the analysis. Enabling a better environment for government to execute their projects and make decisions based on real-time data.
- Maintain government-citizen relationship; Disclosing government-held data to the public can help enhance services to citizens applying not only to different citizen initiatives but also by improving coordination among agencies, internal and external stakeholders. Cloud GIS solutions are perfect tools for driving citizen engagement by opening your data to public use and interaction. The data is already in the cloud which also means that it is just a few clicks away from publishing.
- Cloud GIS requires less maintenance; There is no server for you to maintain with cloud GIS – the vendor is taking care of it.
And focusing on important things is made easy. Hence maintaining your data and delivering beautiful and accessible web maps with the freshest, most compelling data for your community to make use of.
- Cloud GIS is Cost-effectiveness; The deployment of cloud GIS enables the removal of a complete level of acquisition and deployment expense.
The acquisition hardware, configure and install your software stack, and code against it, now you can simply sign in and start making maps. No infrastructure means no infrastructure costs.