3 Easy Ways to Keep Your CIO Happy

Your Chief Information Officer is a very busy person, who doesn’t have a lot of time to waste. Maybe you see how hard they are working every day. Perhaps you are the CIO and you understand all too well the stress that comes with the job. The CIO is a vital role in any company or organization that primarily concerns itself with information technology. And with the advent of the digital revolution, there are a lot more of those organizations than there used to be! The job is already stressful enough, and nobody wants to deal with an angry CIO. So here are some tips ROK Tech suggests to make your CIO happy which hardly take any extra effort at all!

How to Keep Your CIO Happy

  • Think Long Term. The CIO is not only concerned about where the organization is now, but also where it needs to be in the future. Technology is an extremely fast field, and most products have a relatively short shelf life. It won’t be long before that innovative piece of new tech is the outdated model collecting dust in someone’s garage. Think about how what you could do to help keep your company ahead. For example, ask yourself why you want to invest in one server over another. Why do you need workstations? Your CIO will thank you for your time and planning.
  • Use Salaried Staff for Strategy and Analysis, not Patches and Upgrades. This is a matter of finances and just not wasting everyone’s time. Your salaried staff are there because the company thinks they are the best. They are men and women with great heads for tech and an eye for innovation and popular trends. Use that to your advantage! Utilize them for their minds, not necessarily their skills in quickly fixing code. There are other people for that. Your CIO will appreciate your handling of the staff and your dedication to planning ahead.
  • Improve Security with Redundant Back Ups. The last thing your CIO wants to deal with is a loss or theft of vital data. We can guarantee there is no faster way to learning how angry he or she can get. Make sure you are constantly backing up your data, and don’t allow yourself to get lazy about it. It may feel pointless, but it is always better to be prepared. Your CIO shouldn’t have to worry about that. They got other things on their minds.

 

ROK Tech would like to take a moment to thank all the hardworking CIOs out there. In this digital age, many companies and organizations could not survive without the hard work you put in. For the rest of the IT team: if you get the opportunity, make sure your CIO knows how much you appreciate them as well, especially around Thanksgiving.

If you are interested in ROK Tech for GIS needs or upgrades with service management, look at our website where you can learn more about what we offer and request a free 30 day trial for yourself!

3 Ways Big Data Analytics Can Improve Safety in Cities

Fact Or Fiction?

You might remember a movie from the early 2000s called Minority Report. The film, which starred Tom Cruise, was set in a futuristic society where telepaths could predict crime before they occurred, leading to the arrest of criminals for something they had not done yet. The movie, though well-made and quite thrilling, is of course a dramatic work of fiction. Nevertheless, the idea of trying to prevent crime instead of just responding to it is one which certainly has appeal. One method some major cities are using to help deter and respond to crime is Big Data Analytics. We have spoken about Big Data before, as well as given examples of how some organizations and companies have used it to improve their brand. Here’s now a more in-depth look!

How Cities Utilize Big Data Analytics for Safety

The massive amount of data generated by Big Data Analytics gives us a much wider view of the areas affected by crime and what crimes specifically are being committed. This is the age of information, and digital knowledge is next to useless unless it is coming instantly. The use of Big Data Analytics has helped give rise to Real Time Crime Centers. These facilities are responsible for monitoring and capturing information as quick as possible in order to alert authorities to crime. Sometimes, facilities like this are even able to prevent crime before it happens. Data from past crimes can also be used. For example, analyzing large crowd movement patterns during a shooting can help authorities better prepare for handling a panicked crowd in the unfortunate event that another occurs. This streamlined integration of the modern data and the historical is an advantage crime-fighters have now that they never could have imagined even 30 years ago. The RTCC in New York is one of the earliest examples of this kind of facility, and the results of its efforts have been promising.  

Of course violent crime isn’t the only safety risk when it comes to living in cities. In 2015, New York City catalogued over 19,000 accidents involving motor vehicles, nearly 4000 of which resulted in injury or death. The data that is generated from Big Data Analytics can help smooth the traffic flow in problem areas and alert the local government to which areas pose the greatest risk for accidents. Perhaps, for example, there is a certain roundabout which shows an above-average number of collisions involving cyclists. Using this information, the city could build special paths for cyclists that bypass that roundabout, helping keep the cyclists and drivers safer.

And speaking of infrastructure, public safety doesn’t just end at the streets. Big Data Analytics helps cities identify problems with infrastructure, which can help them prepare better for emergencies. This is especially prevalent during weather emergencies like the recent hurricane. In the aftermath of such events, the roads need to be cleared as quickly as possible to allow for first responders to reach those in need. Big Data Analytics can help make the cleaning up process faster, and allow the first responders to get where they need to be. Salting roads ahead of blizzards is also super helpful.

Is it Time for You to Embrace Big Data?

Of course, Big Data doesn’t just have to be used in cities. It can be utilized for tech firms, small businesses, non-profits, and other organizations as well. The potential application of Big Data is only limited by your creativity. If you are interested in discovering how to use Big Data for your own purposes, check out ROK Tech’s websites. Our experts will set you up  with enhanced cloud services for your GIS and provide you with location analytics based solutions. If you want to start utilizing Big Data right now, then start a free 30 day trial. Get the most out of your data, with ROK Tech!

4 Ways to Know it’s Time to Embrace Managed Services for GIS

What Are Managed Services?

Managed Service Providers are continuing to grow and develop to meet the needs of their clients. With more being offered than ever before, now might be the right time for you to utilize one for your own needs. A Managed Service Provider (MSP) is most often an IT services provider that manages and assumes responsibility for providing a defined set of services to its clients. This can be done either proactively, or as the MSP determines that services are needed. What it means in short is that someone else is handling the services for you. Utilizing a managed services provider can offer a huge advantage for many companies and organizations. The popularity of using an MSP is clear, as more businesses and IT firms are turning to the technology. If you’ve never been interested in managed services before, here are some reasons why it might be time for you to make the switch.

You Have Frequent Interruptions in Service

When it comes to IT, loss of service is a matter of “when,” not “if.” It’s a reality that experts in the field have to face every day. However, that doesn’t mean you need to accept losing service. When you do, you also lose money and time. If it feels like you’re experiencing interruptions far too frequently, it may be time to let a managed services provider handle your infrastructure.

You’re Falling Behind in Your Data Management

Once upon a time, you were so good at staying on top of your systems. You updated when you needed to, You caught every problem and you fixed it immediately. But lately, you seem to have been missing some things. A few bugs have slipped in under the radar. It’s not like you were slacking, it’s just that other critical areas required your attention and —

Look, we get it. You’re busy, and you’ve got a lot you need to do. That’s the way the world is now. But staying on top of updates, data backup and recovery is crucial to keeping your systems efficient and your organization moving forward. If it seems like you’re constantly playing catch up with your updates, it may be time to let an MSP offer assistance. They will monitor your systems for you and inform you immediately of any problems or updates required.

You Can’t Meet the Increasing Need for GIS

GIS is a growing property, and it’s developing quickly. It has incredible capabilities and the data it can offer is definitely something your organization wants to take advantage of. But what if you can’t you really manage the infrastructure and support that GIS requires? Not every organization is large enough to handle it on their own. If you want to take advantage of GIS but feel your organization isn’t large enough to support it, then let an MSP handle it for you.

No Time to Test and Develop Applications

One of those ways to take advantage of GIS is through applications. But development is a lengthy process, and it takes a lot of trial and error and bug fixes. You might not have the time to do that without some help. A managed services provider can aid in developing and testing your GIS applications.

If you want to experience better GIS then head on over to ROK Tech where you can start a free 30 day trial. If you are interested in utilizing managed services for yourself, ROK Tech is partnered with Esri. Esri is one of the premiere leaders in the GIS industry, and they offer helpful support for your GIS needs, whatever they are! Now, you can experience the benefits of MSP for yourself!

How to Embrace IoT While Protecting Your Big Data

The Bold New World of IOT

For those who don’t know what is meant by Internet of Things can look here for an extensive breakdown of what it is and what it means. In short, IoT refers to the vast quantity of devices which can connect wirelessly to the internet — and to each other — and the data generated by them. Devices connected to this system don’t necessarily need a human operator in order to send and receive data. IoT is a topic that is increasingly being talked about in the tech world today. And for good reason: the potential benefits of allowing multiple devices to connect to each other are staggering to think about. And it is becoming increasingly popular, with some estimates predicting over 30 billion devices connected together. The amount of data that number of devices could generate is so large it is almost impossible to quantify. Naturally, many organizations are wanting to take advantage of all these benefits the IoT data offers. Some however also have expressed valid concerns about it, viewing Internet of Things as a potential risk to their organization’s vita data. ROK Tech believes new technology should be embraced, especially when it is this exciting. If you are concerned about 

Concerns About the Internet of Things and Big Data

Just to be clear, Big Data here is referring to extremely large data sets that organizations use to uncover patterns and make strategic decisions. The size of that data — and thus the information available — is only growing larger as more organizations embrace cloud computing. The rise in devices with wireless internet capability also contributes to Big Data. Companies are seeing the value of Big Data and how it can be utilized for planning the direction of the organization. They are also worried about potential risks. One of the biggest concerns is the security of the data, especially with the rise of devices connected to Internet of Things. And it makes sense to think this way. Internet of Things means more of your devices are exposed to the web, and that means there are more potential access points for hackers to compromise your data. With thousands of smart devices nearby — on phones, clothing, appliances — the fear is that any of them could become a potential threat.

How Other Organizations are Embracing IoT

Despite these fears, however, many organizations are finding ways to utilize Internet of Things. The city of Barcelona Spain utilized a marriage between IoT and Big Data by building a data center to process information from their smart parking meters. The data they receive is then used to make improvements to public transportation. Another company which took advantage of IoT is Disney. Their MagicBands allow the company to track customer movements and spending habits. The data generated can be used to improve the quality of the overall guest experience. In South Korea, popular relaxation spas feature a similar type of band. Guests at the spa can use their bands to purchase snacks and massages, and pay for their accommodations when leaving the spa. This article offers more great examples of how Internet of Things and Big Data work well together.

Take Advantage of IoT Today

Of course you should take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of your data. Make sure you have a proper firewall, update your passwords frequently, and don’t allow strange unknown devices to connect to your network. Having the right professionals on your IT team can also make a world of difference for protecting your data. So go ahead and see what IoT can do for you! You may be surprised at how ingenious your company becomes.

And if you are interested in adapting the cloud to your GIS systems then check out ROK Tech. We offer a variety of cloud services and on-site support. If you are interested, then start a 30 day free trial today!

Who Should Consider Platform as a Service, and When?

Picture, for a moment, a young artist who just moved to New York City. He has big dreams of breaking into the world of high society art. Unfortunately, finishing even one painting isn’t as easy as he imagined. He has to find an apartment and a studio. Both of those require rent money, so he also needs to get a day job. Then there’s the matter of art supplies. So many details to consider, and he hasn’t even picked up a brush! Sometimes, software developers may feel like that struggling artist. Before you can create cool or useful new applications, you need to set-up and configure the underlying infrastructure, install software, back everything up and so on. How can you make it easier? ROK Tech recommends the benefits of cloud computing. Developers have already been utilizing the cloud via IaaS, but another emerging option is Platform as a Service.

What is Platform as a Service?

There has already been great success in the tech world with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). PaaS is newer, so a lot of people are still unsure about what it is and what it does. Platform as a Service provides a platform via cloud computing for developers to create, test and fix applications. Since it is based in the cloud, the PaaS host will manage everything that doesn’t have to do with developing or testing the application. These services includes data storage, network security, supplying resources. Additionally, processes for server set-up and configuration are handled automatically. Once the application is finished, it is delivered via the web — like SaaS, only it is still managed by the developers. If you are still confused, this article has a helpful breakdown of the differences between PaaS, SaaS and IaaS.

Who Should Use Platform as a Service?

Platform as a Service works great for multiple kinds of developers. The biggest draw is for developers who want to create without being hampered by having to maintain and manage underlying infrastructure. Also, developers and organizations who want more creative control over their app and the resources spent on it. PaaS is also great for those who want to save time developing their apps, such as large tech firms. Finally, anyone who who finds traditional on-site development to be more trouble than it’s worth will be interested in switching to PaaS. These are just a few examples. Ultimately, if you are a developer looking to create more efficiently, then you should at least examine if Platform as a Service is right for you.

When Should You Use Platform as a Service?

A big benefit to using PaaS is if you have multiple developers working on a single app. Because it is hosted in the cloud, Multiple users can access the same development platform from wherever they are. You don’t need to spend time tracking developers down or getting everybody together in one room. The platform becomes the virtual meeting space. Another good reason is that some feel IaaS features are too limiting for their application. PaaS supports the development and implementation of specialized code depending on the needs of the developers. Matching PaaS level of support using IaaS usually has to involve some kind of API, which can add a lot of complexity. PaaS is for when you want to skip the hassle (or don’t have time for it) and get to developing the application you need.
Cloud computing is fast becoming a regular staple for so many processes in the tech world. It is heartening to see that encouraging development and creativity is another way the cloud can be utilized. If you are interested in trying out cloud services with GIS data, check out ROK Tech, where you can order a free 30 day trial.

5 Ways Location Analytics can Easily Improve Processes

Location Analytics, On the Rise

As more companies like Google continue to acquire Location Analytics services, the popularity of this technology becomes increasingly clear. Location Analytics is already making a big splash in the world of retail, and that is hardly the only area where it can make a difference. Engineering firms, city planning and the military all benefit from using it. ROK Tech wants you to understand the incredible value of this amazing technology, so here are 5 ways that Location Analytics can improve your processes.

 

Mapping data visually allows for smoother comprehension.

When it comes to data — especially data related to geography — charts and spreadsheets might not cut it anymore. In addition to using up large quantities of paper every year, charts and spreadsheets may not convey the information as clearly as they need to. Location Analytics is visual, and you can see everything you need mapped out for you in a more convenient manner. When you understand the data better, you are able to work faster.

 

The scale of the gathered data is enormous.

When you work with Location Analytics, you are acquiring billions of data points almost every day. No matter what you are needing to track, you can do so over an incredibly wide  region. At the same time however, you are not limited to viewing data large-scale. If you so desired, you could refine your search to a single county, or even a single building. Large data presented in a convenient way means better decisions overall.

 

Location Analytics lets you track real-time data

One of the coolest things about using Location Analytics is that you can chose to utilize real-time processes. Much like a GPS, you can track whatever you want to as it’s actually happening. The military uses this sometimes to follow enemy movement and positioning. As an example, you may want to use Location Analytics to track water levels following a recent flood or hurricane.

 

You can also track historical data.

Of course sometimes you don’t just need what’s happening now; you also may want to look at the past. With Location Analytics you can also track the historical processes to find whatever information you need. Want to follow whether rising temperatures have impacted a specific farm region over the past five years? You got it! Want to compare today’s spread of urbanization and development to fifteen years ago? Sure!  All the data you need is right there for easy access.

 

Location Analytics and GIS Make Processes Faster and More Accurate

In the past, the process for tracking this important regional data was a long and arduous. Data had to likely be collected manually, requiring travel to the locations, multiple personnel on hand, and a higher risk for human error and loss of information. The advent of the internet has made communication and information gathering much faster and Location Analytics is a natural next step in improving the process. When using GIS in conjunction with Location Analytics, you are saving time and improving accuracy. With GIS, processes can be informed by the data and information is pre-populated as the GIS regularly updates. It’s all automated, and it’s far easier to manage.

 

We hope you are able to utilize Location Analytics to improve your business to be the best it can be. And if you are looking for ways to improve your GIS or other Location Analytics services via cloud storage, better infrastructure, or other managed services, check out ROK Tech’s site, where you can find up-to-date information on better GIS and request a free 30 day trial.

GIS in Real Life – a Run into Shape ‘Cause’

Let’s face it, we have it pretty good as GIS professionals. Our projects are so versatile. The location analytics we do is so practical and valuable across a variety of sectors. Our work has the power to enhance any organization’s decision-making workflows, transforming them into smart, powerful data-driven practices. And the opportunities to apply our sense of place can only get better as technology continues to get faster, cheaper, more accessible.

So why leave this enthusiasm for mapping at work, right? Why not let our passion for GIS spill over into the rest of our lives… say, into our hobbies?

Aside from my typical GPS/direction-mapping practices, one example of my personal take on this is that of mapping my runs. Now, let’s be clear — I don’t love running, but I do appreciate the ability to trace my path and pace throughout my route (thanks, Runtastic, for making this possible). In fact, I love mapping my runs so much that, my friends and I have taken on the habit of planning out specific ‘shape’ routes that are a lot of fun to complete. Even better, what once started as a ‘funny idea’ has also recently evolved into a ‘cause’ of sorts: a new running series called Run into Shape that’s aimed to incentivize running and community health, as well as spotlighting cool non-profit organizations throughout our active Charleston community.saxRun


So, if any of this sounds exciting (either from a GIS, running or philanthropic standpoint), please check out the site — part of which includes a gateway to a simple ArcGIS Online application I developed through Esri’s Web App Builder, the Run into Shape Route Navigator. Speaking of which, kudos to Esri for providing a way of creating a really easy app building platform that uses their standard widgets (which was the only thing we needed for hobby purposes). It’s turned out to be a really easy and practical way of communicating our route of the month, group run meeting location and also allow interested users with the ability to mark-up/plan some runs of their own.

 

As always… happy mapping!
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3 Ways Hackers are Forcing Network Security to Improve

It seems hackers are in the news all the time these days. You turn on the tv and hear reports of major cyber crimes against Yahoo, Target, and even Hollywood. You probably worry about your own network security. What would your business do in the event of a major cyber attack? These are valid everyday concerns, ones that experts like ROK Tech understand all too well. The good news is the hackers themselves may be inadvertently helping you find a solution. Do you find that surprising? Then check out 3 ways that network security has been improving in response to hackers.

    1. Hackers remind companies that automated defenses aren’t always enough. It seems like you hear all the time about computers and automation taking jobs away from everyday human beings. While things are definitely different now than they used to be, don’t be expecting computers to do everything just yet. Automated systems may perform faster, but they don’t always utilize common sense. And when facing a hacker, you want someone who can think and reason like they do, not just a machine programmed with a set of responses. A recent study conducted by BitSight found that colleges which hired an on-staff security director tended to be more secure. Having an expert (or a team of them) keep an eye on your network is not only extra protection, it’s also helping someone to keep their job. 
    2. Hackers can bring competitors to work together for the common good. The IT fields are traditionally and historically competitive. Security and computer companies fiercely guard their secrets from their competitors, hoping to revolutionize the industry. Competition is healthy, but in times of crisis, it is far better to work together. This article encourages security vendors to put aside their differences and find solutions together. Doing so places less strain on the networks and allows IT teams to work faster and more efficiently. If IT experts are powerful defenders alone, just imagine how fortified your systems would be with a small army of them! 
    3. Hackers force businesses to take cyber security seriously. It seems like it should be common sense: if you don’t know where a file came from, don’t open it! Sadly, sometimes businesses aren’t always aware of what constitutes “safe” on the internet. Fledgling companies, or companies in areas that aren’t proficient in computers, are especially vulnerable. However, one cyber attack can be very enlightening to the compromised business, and to others as well. A recent hack on Vietnam Airlines forced the company to review gaps in their network security, which they had always overlooked previously. Their response may encourage other Vietnamese businesses to improve their security. As a result of one hack, more businesses in the region might become better defended.

 

 

Thank A Hacker For Your Improved Network Security

Hackers may want to steal data, but they’re having an effect on the IT world that they couldn’t have predicted. Companies and governments are analyzing cyber attacks and using that data to build  better network infrastructures. This in turn means stronger network security! It’s almost like the hackers are defeating themselves. So instead of worrying, do some research and determine how you can improve your own network security. And if you are looking for tips on how to better utilize your data in the cloud, check out ROK Tech for the info on the cloud and managed services for your GIS systems.

5 Important Ways GIS Enhances Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Sometimes, disaster is inevitable. In weather emergencies, loss of data and vital information can threaten the life and long-term viability of your company. It is important that your business gets back to normal as quickly as possible, and what greatly aids in that goal is having a disaster recovery plan. Implementing a plan isn’t always easy. There are a lot of moving parts, and key members of your recovery team need to be up-to-date on the most relevant information. To that end GIS, like those produced by ROK Tech can offer a huge advantage.

EXAMPLES OF GIS IN DISASTER RECOVERY

GIS has already proven itself to be an invaluable asset in disaster recovery. It has been shown to benefit firefighters during wildfires. Using GIS helps these men and women to prepare better for emergencies, locate critical resources and plan routes while tracking the spread of the flames. Just like GIS can aid rescue responders in saving human lives, it can also aid you in preserving the data you need to keep your business running.

GIS ENHANCEMENTS FOR YOUR PLAN

Small companies may not have the personnel or the time to dedicate to developing a disaster recovery plan. They may not see the value. They may think that since their business is small, it shouldn’t take long to recover information or fill customer orders. This line of thinking could result in days, weeks or months spent trying to recover. Companies like IBM recommend taking a careful look at how well your company can succeed without your data. When it comes to your plan, GIS can provide a number of benefits:

  1. You can predict which disasters are most relevant to your location. Sometimes, working in an area areas just lends itself to certain realities, like tornados or blizzards. GIS can help accurately predict when a disaster will strike and how frequently it is to be expected.
  2. You can prevent damage even before it happens. GIS can overlay multiple layers of data to ensure maximum security before the disaster even strikes. For example, when preparing a hot site or other mobile location, GIS could be used to help you determine the safest area that is closest to your original business site.
  3. You can assess the weather to determine if it will become a threat. GIS can aid in accurately predicting if a weather situation is a threat to your business, allowing you to take appropriate action for your recovery plan quicker.
  4. You can communicate visually with your team. It can be difficult making sure everyone is on the same page in regards to location. You want to ensure that no one loses their way to any hot sites or mobile locations, especially in a weather emergency. With GIS, the visual component makes understanding the details of the plan easier.
  5. You can increase efficiency by reducing unnecessary delays. The phrase “Time is money” carries more weight in an emergency. The longer a company can’t access its systems, the more money is lost! GIS can help minimize other unfortunate disaster-related delays, such as travel hazards.

Weather disasters are always unfortunate. They affect thousands of people, sometimes growing so severe that they displace people from homes and uproot lives. Not to mention the heavy cost of repair to buildings and infrastructure in the aftermath. In these times, your business can’t afford to lose money from critical data loss. ROK Tech can aid you in your disaster recovery efforts and will help to ensure that your business continues to run smoothly, even in the worst of times.

 

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3 New Ways Drone Technology Inspires the GIS World

Social media is ripe with videos of scenic destinations, wildlife, extreme sports and more. These videos are filled with sweeping views and unique angles that can’t possibly be taken by someone behind the camera. That’s because they weren’t; they were filmed using drones. While this technology has gone mainstream of late, those of us in the GIS industry have been using the devices for years to take mapping to completely different level. Find out three new ways drone technology is currently inspiring the GIS world.

The Benefits of Using Drone Technology

Before we get into the latest and greatest inspiration regarding drones, let’s examine the benefits of using drone technology. It doesn’t take any user long to determine that the innovation of drones in the GIS world means we can gather data from areas that can be difficult or dangerous to access. We can also survey data using these “unmanned aerial systems,” or UAS, in less time and use fewer natural resources than it takes to operate a manned aircraft. The data is relayed real-time, and you can assess an area as if you are on-site.

Industries Aided by Drone Technology

The military has, of course, been using drones to gather research for years with great success. However, since drones were approved for civilian use in the 1980s, it has proved very useful in a multitude of industries from agriculture to emergency services, and everything in between. And now that drones are available for purchase to the masses, and rank at the top of nearly everyone’s wish list, there has been a heightened interest in the device and its pros and cons.

For example, farmers can utilize drones to inspect crops faster and easier and more thoroughly. They can pinpoint issues and solve for them much faster than they can when they rely on a person or a team to inspect acres and acres of crops. The result is a decrease in expenses and an increase in yield.

Response time during an emergency is crucial. Drones can be flown in to assess a situation quickly, help locate missing people and even deliver medical equipment, which improves response time and saves lives. They have also been used to deliver food and supplies to war-torn areas.

These are, of course, the pros to using drones. Several cons include the invasion of privacy and safety issues, both of which are of no concern when you have been trained to operate them and are using them appropriately.

How Drone Technology Inspires the GIS World

There is no denying drones have revolutionized numerous industries and causes with their aerial data. The GIS world, in particular, has benefited greatly. As the technology continues to advance, the data we can capture will only become even more precise and serve an even greater purpose industry-wide.

As you know, drones are crucial to collecting data needed for 3D GIS, and this data is used for planning, design and management of construction, engineering, and architectural projects, as well as asset management, environmental monitoring, general geospatial analysis, and disaster response. Where will this technology go next and how will it impact GIS?

  1. Advanced sensors and imaging – Advanced methods of scanning will improve precision to develop 3D modeling further.
  2. Longer flight times – MicroMultiCopters Aero Technology, for example, is taking the industry by storm with its HyDrone 1800. This model offers 3 hours of flight time instead of the industry average of 30 minutes.
  3. Fleets of drones – By using a fleet of drones, industries will be able to collect more data faster. A fleet will also allow farmers, wildland firefighters, developers, and more to monitor large areas of land on a regular basis.

A drone’s ability to fly at various altitudes and its ability to quickly survey hard-to-access areas and without endangering humans or the environment has already changed the way many businesses operate. These advancements and many more will continue to assist companies in gathering more data. ROK Tech is with you every step of the way to host your infrastructure and ensure ArcGIS is operating efficiently.

 

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