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GIS and IoT


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In previous articles we have explained what GIS is and what IoT is. Today’s article, we are going to be looking at GIS and IoT combines and answering the following question: what are the advantages of GIS and IoT working together? Keep reading and find out how GIS and IoT combines can help you to #ONEUPYOURBUSINESS!


The Internet of Things (IoT) consists of sensors and devices all connected through the internet, collecting vast amounts of various types of real-time data. Merging IoT and GIS (Geographic Information System), a framework for capturing, analysing, and managing geographic data, can empower decision-makers and stakeholders with valuable insights that they need to make smarter decisions and strategies that can help transform their industry sector. Below, we provide a list of several advantages GIS and IoT can offer when combined:

  • Optimises energy efficiency and systems: smart buildings with installed IoT sensors inside can capture vast amounts of data such as: temperature, noise levels, lighting, humidity, and so on. IoT sensors can also be installed on the exterior of buildings to monitor the atmosphere such as sunlight and wind speed. With all this data, it can be used to make the buildings more energy-efficient and help to create strategies to reduce energy consumption as the information can be useful for adjusting the environment conditions throughout the day to suit the needs of occupants. Together, IoT and GIS can also be used to design evacuation systems that enable people in the buildings to evacuate the quickest and safest route as well as, locating people still in the building and assisting the authorities of where they are
  • Enhances smarter planning decisions: with IoT sensors installed all over cities, vehicles, buildings, roads, and highways to name a few examples, will enable real-time information to be captured helping to make smarter planning decisions. For example, it can help with the planning of cycle routes or greenery spaces, and report traffic and air-quality. Another advantage of smart cities and monitoring the environment in real-time, is that the technology is able to highlight any odd occurrences, risks, or dangers, enabling the appropriate authorities to be directly alerted, improving emergency response times and helping to reduce risks
  • Increases safety: GIS and IoT-enabled vehicles can help towards smarter vehicles as it can provide drivers with reports of road safety, traffic control, road conditions, parking availability, and areas of particular caution before encountering them, helping to improve road safety by preventing accidents and traffic congestion. With the use of predictive analytics and pedestrian tracking, smart street lights and traffic management this can also improve the safety of the public as well
  • Provides real-time insights and dashboard applications: dashboards can help towards gaining answers on what’s currently happening, where it is happening, who it is affecting, what assets are available, and much more. GIS and IoT combined, enables faster insights and situational analysis resulting in better performance and action taking. Examples of real-time dashboard applications include law enforcement monitoring crime as it happens and incoming emergency calls, companies monitoring equipment, transportation, crews, and utilities can track local governments use real-time information to manage track and monitor bin trucks and bins that need to be emptied or roads that need mending or treatment and so on

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