Use cases

Use case – Dispatcher

Description: Forest fires constitute a very serious environmental and economic problem in Poland. Almost 70% of the total forest area are pine woods, particularly vulnerable to fire. Prevention is the best way to avoid losses caused by forest fires, however, if fire has already started, only an instant reaction of forestry and fire services can prevent the area at risk of fire spread.

Problem: Both the State Forests, and the State Fire Service use different information systems supporting their activities. Such systems include GIS components and enable to visualize data on a map. However, they are not interconnected. The only tool which has been used so far is a regular export of the fire map from the Forest Numerical Map for the purpose of fire services. This allowed to view forest maps using Desktop GIS software, but it was of limited use during actual fire fighting operations and to users who did not have sufficient knowledge of GIS.

Solution: GIS Support has developed a WebGIS application which is to facilitate the exchange of geospatial data related to forest fire protection between the headquarters of the State Fire Service, the Regional Directorate of State Forests and forest inspectorates. The application allows to view any geospatial data collected in one database, and real-time communication between all users of the system in the event of an emergency. Key characteristics of the system:

  1. independent operation – i.e. it does not depend on the Internet. The application is operated within an internal network without the need to communicate with any external services.
  2. redundancy – in the event of any server failure, its functions are taken over by the second independent server. Once the server has been recovered, data replication takes places, making both databases consistent.
  3. real-time operation – the information about reported fires, acceptance of incident reports, and changes of the status is transferred immediately with no need to reload or refresh the system.
  4. intuitive user interface – there is no need to provide users-dispatchers with any complicated training to implement the system.


Use cese – maps for the fire service

Description: A wall operational map is an absolute must in every headquarters of the State Fire Service. Most often, such maps are topographic maps on which, using pins and flags, they mark the location of all spots relevant to their activities (e.g. location of emergency and fire units, Emergency Rooms).

Problem: Unfortunately, topographic maps released by the National Geodetic and Cartographic Service fail to keep up with the economic and infrastructure development. For some areas, they have not made newer maps than these made in the coordinate system of “1965”. In view of numerous changes in the road, rail and power network, as well as the development of new estates, such maps fail to perform their functions. In addition, more and more fire brigades have access to digital data so putting them onto the map with pins is a huge step back.

Solution: GIS Support deals with the preparation of dedicated maps intended to be used by emergency and rescue services. The range of data presented in the printout is determined individually by a given Client and includes e.g. the location of the State Fire Service units and Volunteer Fire Brigades, along with the information about being part of the National Emergency and Fire Authority, hospitals and Emergency Rooms, water connection points, or power lines, classified by voltage. Depending on individual needs, maps are printed on paper or plastic film, which makes them more durable. The development of such maps may engage local Volunteer Fire Brigades, which makes it possible to achieve maximum compatibility between the content of the map and the actual situation in a given area. Our maps are always edited by people who have extensive practical knowledge of emergency and rescue services.

Use case – Investor

Description: Special Economic Zones and Investor Service Centers manage the database of investment areas of certain agencies, local governments or individuals. Their main task is to promote such areas and encourage entrepreneurs to contribute to the industrial and service sector development in their region.

Problem: Investment offers are prepared and updated by local government employees, whereas the database is managed by the people working at Special Economic Zones and Investor Service Centers. This results in the data inconsistency. Moreover, it is difficult to precisely define the location of a given area, as well as to quickly give an up-to-date description of such area and learn more about the local environment (road and rail networks, business environment). It is also difficult to keep the data up-to-date and to quickly find an offer which meets all criteria of a given investor.

Solution: Inwestor” – Investment Area Database Management System – is a tool tailored to the needs of Special Economic Zones and Investor Service Centers. It allows to conveniently enter and store information about a given area (detailed location and description of its attributes available in several languages) and offers tools supporting its promotion (statistical data, mini-maps, mobile version, integration with Google StreetView). Besides, it uses the client and server network (WMS and WFS), enabling the integration with different geosites (possibility to view areas on geosites of provinces or districts, and to download specific information available on these sites, e.g. related to data entered in the registry). Inwestor has been successfully introduced and used in Katowice, Łódź, and Wałbrzych Special Economic Zones, as well as in Podlaskie, Lubelskie, Świętokrzyskie, Lubuskie Investor Service Centers and the investor Service Center in Kielce.

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Use case – AVC Viewer

Description: AVC Polska is involved in energy optimization for local governments and companies. The main area of its business is the optimization of costs of use and maintenance of road lighting, while maintaining appropriate efficiency of the lighting system.

Problem: An up-to-date database, including the description of the lighting network, constitutes the basis for planning and supervising cost optimization. It was necessary to develop a tool allowing to have the data (both spatial and descriptive data) entered by different people in different agencies (local government authorities, energy supplier, modernization contractor), as well as to create a set of tools for data analysis and reporting.
Solution: GIS Support has developed a tool available in the cloud allowing to enter data obtained during field measurements, record network maintenance and generate reports concerning network performance and energy consumption. With its friendly design, the application enables large format printing, gives the possibility to update information on different network components, and view objects in different categories, classified by their attributes.

Use case – Acoustic map of Łódź

Description: Within the framework of the project called ‘Acoustic map of Łódź’, the city of Łódź obtained and prepared all data necessary to make an acoustic map. DHV Hydroprojekt provided all necessary calculations and made an acoustic map which was to be presented in the form of an interactive map.

Problem: The development of a geosite which would clearly present all acoustic data together with an administration panel allowing to manage the content of the map without programming.

Solution: GIS Support has developed a site allowing all residents to view information about the city and noise levels in different scales, using an interactive site. Such site combines solutions developed by ESRI (ArcSDE and ArcGIS Server 10.1) with mapping solutions of GIS Support. It enables, among others, to generate prints of selected sections of the map together with the legend, view several theme sections, identify objects, and read about attributes of the objects on the map. The site has CMS used to manage the content of the website and the interactive map.