Dublin firm in web-mapping deal with Australian Government

26 Aug 2008

The State of Victoria in Australia is deploying a technology developed by a Dublin firm that will allow local authorities and other organisations to access and update their geospatial datasets from a web browser.

The technology developed by Irish company eSpatial alongside global partner 1Spatial and Australian partner Geomatic Technologies (GT), will increase the efficiency and accuracy of state-mapping data using pure web-enabled map-based systems connecting data originators with authoritative data.

“This is a great example of how Web-based technologies can be used to streamline data maintenance and increase accuracy and efficiencies,” said Philip O’Doherty, chief executive of eSpatial.

GT, one of Australia’s leading providers of location-based business intelligence solutions, information products and services, developed the Notification and Editing System (NES) which provides a web-based distributed data maintenance application, using eSpatial’s latest iSMART pure web-editing technology, integrated with 1Spatial’s Radius Studio technology for processing, analysis and compliance.

The NES deployment follows a successful pilot system delivered by GT and incorporating eSpatial’s iSMART web-editing technology. The pilot was successfully used over a four-month period by selected DSE customers during 2007.

The NES system brings this technology into full production across the State of Victoria and now also incorporates data-quality conformance checking, developed using 1Spatial’s Radius Studio product.

The system allows data originators who are responsible for key record creation throughout the state to correct or update the authoritative mapping data directly. With strict quality-control processes built into the application, updates can be incorporated into the state dataset in a fraction of the time taken by current practices.

“Increasing the efficiency and accuracy of our mapping data is a core requirement,” said Bruce Thompson, director, Spatial Information Infrastructure Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE),

“NES delivers us a map-based editing system allowing us to empower data originators to make modifications to components of the state database that they know better than anyone – freeing us to focus on delivering an improved service to our customers. This will result in reduced resource requirements for data originators, particularly local government,” Thompson said.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years