Press Release, Hertfordshire, UK, 14th March 2022
Stevenage Borough Council and East Herts District Council ICT Partnership move to Cadcorp corporate GIS in the cloud
Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) and East Herts District Council (EHDC) ICT Partnership has appointed Geographic Information System (GIS) software and services company, Cadcorp, to provide cloud hosted GIS and web mapping. Procurement was undertaken using the G-Cloud 12 framework and includes Cadcorp SIS WebMap and Cadcorp Spatial Database cloud hosted services.
At the heart of the Councils’ joint ICT strategy, is an Enterprise Architecture to standardise and consolidate software applications to achieve cost savings, simplify support and aid cross organisational working. Its objective is to accelerate self-service digital delivery for their customers and provide opportunities for a more agile, flexible, and mobile workforce. Cloud computing is being adopted to increase agility and reduce long-term ICT costs.
SIS WebMap is an advanced yet easy-to-use intranet and internet web mapping application that will bring together GIS data from both authorities into a secure web environment. The cloud hosted web mapping service was selected for its capacity to allow users from both SBC and EHDC to access web mapping via a browser. IT administrators will be able to use the SIS WebMap Admin browser-based interface to define multiple web maps for each local authority, with different data and functionality enabled as required.
An Edit facility will be available for internal users to create and maintain spatial data and the constraints tool, Cadcorp FindIT, will be used for streamlining spatial searches across both councils.
SBC and EHDC also required a solution that would provide a single centralised location for the storage of spatial data. To meet this requirement, the Cadcorp Spatial Database Service, including a hosted PostgreSQL database with the PostGIS extension was selected. The database is hosted and managed by Cadcorp on a secure cloud platform. Cadcorp SIS ETL manages and controls the flow of data between files, databases, and servers and will streamline spatial data management, providing synchronised data for the cloud data service. The Cadcorp Ordnance Survey® MasterMap Topographic Vector Service will provide quick and easy access to the latest Ordnance Survey MasterMap Topography Layer. Cadcorp will manage both the software and map updates as part of the service.
Stephen Munyard, Information Systems Manager, Stevenage Borough Council and East Herts District Council ICT Partnership commented: “The Stevenage Borough Council and East Herts District Council ICT Partnership places a strong emphasis on providing choice in the way people access information on our services. The Cadcorp hosted web mapping service will provide that choice, addressing individuals’ circumstances and preferences, while supporting prompt and effective responses to requests.”
GIS technology in the cloud can bring a significant number of benefits to local authorities and other public sector organisations. It has the potential to reduce both the overall cost of ownership and the administration overhead of keeping software and data up to date. Cadcorp is an approved GIS supplier on G-Cloud. Further details about Cadcorp cloud services are available here.
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