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GIS (Geographic Information System) explained

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GIS technology is designed to view and manipulate topographical information. Read all about its importance in the world trans­port­ation.

What is GIS (geographic information system)?

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What is GIS (geographic information system)?

GIS (geographic information system) technology is designed to view and manipulate topographical information. Most commonly, GIS is used in the manip­u­lation of maps. It correlates otherwise unrelated data using location as the determinant variable. Typically, GIS technology is used to research and identify trans­port­a­tion-re­lated concerns.

One of the key values of GIS is that it allows users to view a variety of different types of information in one mapped location. For example, a GIS-rendered map might feature streets, buildings and vegetation all in one image.

How GIS can be beneficial

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How GIS can be beneficial

In the world of trans­port­ation, users benefit immensely from the real-time component of GIS. It can be very difficult to change course during the later stages of a route that is already in mid-ex­e­cution. Never­theless, circum­stance does occasionally mandate this, and the detailed data provided by the geographic information system makes it much easier to pivot.

GIS technology gives fleet managers the ability and opportunity to see where their vehicles are in real time, observing not just curving lines on a map but geographical features that may contribute to the viability of a given route. Consequently, this technology makes automated truck­-friendly re-routes much more accessible.

GIS and large vehicle navigation

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GIS and large vehicle navigation

GIS technology is partic­u­larly beneficial for larger vehicles. There is a range of geographical features that can be hazardous for trucks but entirely incon­sequential for compact cars.

For example, trucks need to worry about low-hanging branches or insuf­fi­ciently raised overpasses. An encounter with these hazards can not only delay a route signi­fic­antly but also prove hazardous to the health of the driver. Customized GIS technology takes into account the weight, speed and cargo of a shipment and plans routes that are conducive to safe trans­port­ation.

Webfleet Solutions and GIS

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Webfleet Solutions and GIS

At Webfleet Solutions, we utilise GIS technology in a way that takes all the needs of your fleet into consid­er­ation. Our navigation technology accounts for the cargo you are hauling, as well as the speed and size of your vehicles.

To find out more, contact us today and learn all about the geographic information system and technology that can take your route planning to a whole new level.

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