POI Mapping – The Importance of POI for GIS Mapping

A point of interest (POI) is a dedicated geographic entity such as a milestone, an institute, a heritage site, or a corporate office. Points of interest are the base for most of the data supporting location-based applications. The most prevalent POI categories, for example are, housing locations, eateries, fuel pumps, parking spaces, tourist attractions, etc. POIs can be both permanent like Heritage sites/monuments and temporary like shops, restaurants that are movable in nature. They are demonstrated on online maps, and are provided to users of location-based mobile applications.

Point of interest (POI) or POI Mapping is referred to data set that is quick, easy and accurate way to populate the mapping project with important places of feature/buildings/ landmarks. POI data supports a range of application including digital mapping enhanced routing products and validation of databases. POI also known as feature of interest data supports a range of application including digital mapping, enhanced routing products and validation of private databases. POI mapping is very useful and efficient in digital map creation because it gives detail route information with picture of target site. It acts as a tool in navigation system.

Digital maps for current GPS devices usually include a simple range of POIs for the map area. On the other hand,there are websites that concentrate on the collection, authentication, management and dissemination of POIs which end-users can load on their devices to replace or add-on the existing POIs. Although, some of these websites are universal, and will collect and classify POI for any interest, others are more specific in a particular category (such as speed cameras) or GPS devices. End-users also have the capability to create their own custom POI collections. Saleable POI collections, especially those that craft with digital maps, or that are traded on a subscription basis are generally secured by copyrights. However, there are several websites from which royalty-free POI collections can be obtained easily.

POI Mapping can be advantageous in several ways –

  • We can use POI as our destination. For example, if you are traveling to an unfamiliar route you can use POI as your destination.
  • Through this navigation system becomes easier.
  • POI Mapping makes a unique data base for government and Non-government asset with exact geometric location which includes civilians facility & estates of State.
  • By the help of this we get idea about no. of Government assets & Non-Government asset with their Name, location and picture.
  • POI is a combination of spatial and non-spatial data i.e. capturing picture & collation of attributes of related asset like name & address.
  • Tap on point of interest and change the legend option.
  • It provides information about number of assets with digital photographs in a single click.
  • It also generates statistics of data.
  • It takes very less time to find any specific place in an unknown route by a layman.

Points of interest forms the basis of content for a growing number of mobile and social media applications. Local search applications or systems depend on these points of interest (POIs) in a city user’s topographical context that can be easily understood to generate relevant results. POIs allows us to improve systems and make them dynamic that reflect the services and places people to use in future.

Geofences: What They Are and how can Geofence help your business

The term “Geofence” is a buzz word associated with location-based marketing that’s as over-used and misunderstood as the term “big data” across data science. The google dictionary describes a geofence as “a virtual geographic boundary, defined by GPS or RFID technology, that enables software to trigger a response when a mobile device enters or leaves a particular area.” Put more simply, a geofence is a boundary around an entity in which one may want to influence or contact those who enter. To be clear, a geofence provides the framework for reaching the audience within the boundary, but it does not contact the audience for you. The end user must expose their location, usually through an application on a mobile device, so that when the location is recognized to be within the geofence, a notification can be programmed to reach the end user in real-time.

Many objectives warrant the use of geofences, but most align with driving revenue. For example, an ad-tech company may increase sales for their clients by strategically sending coupons to customers around the point of sale. A communication at this point in time is proven to be very effective at attracting customers towards further upsell and cross-sell opportunities. Moreover, a retailer may want to measure foot traffic across their business locations to efficiently place resources in stores that need the most help. A financial analytics firm can monitor parking lot volumes to predict future revenues and hedge the market. Further, a retailer can reach their audience when they are en route to a destination and influence where they spend their money. The list goes on and on, but all scenarios require accurate geofence data of all shapes and sizes.

One might suggest that use cases related to in-store visits are less relevant as ecommerce continues to grow, but geofences play a vital role in supporting the omni-channel experience. This is especially true for the millennial generation who are now a large part of the workforce with incomes to fuel much of America’s consumption. A recent study by eMarketer reveals that a millennial’s preferred method for making a purchase starts with online research and ends with buying in-store – in fact over 43% prefer this route to purchase. Moreover, Research estimates that “mobile influences 34% of total US retail sales, or well over $1 trillion. By 2022, the firm expects this figure will rise to 42%.”  This statistic alone endorses the notion of “online to offline” behavior, and geofences serve as a key tool to extracting value from that behavior.

Hardcastle Geofence

Geofencing is a superb technology with revolutionary potential to transform so called insignificant local data concerning a person’s movement into great business intelligence, security intelligence, workforce monitoring and management, remote surveillance of transport and people, etc. Let us provide below a summary of key advantages of Geofencing technology.

  • Driving customers and traffic to business.
    • Engaging customers and potential buyers with the business.
    • Adding value to sales process by contextually making offers and promotional freebies and gifts.
    • Offering a win-win business proposition to customers with relevant push notifications.
    • Gaining business intelligence with location specific data about customers.
    • Monitoring and managing workforce remotely.
    • Better control and tracking on-road transport.
    • Far enhanced collaboration among security personnel.
    • Great event management through real time location alert and data.



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Largest Open source Deal Ever

During the last year, we’ve seen a number of buzzworthy articles about the increasing adoption of open technology, in which the rise of open source is described as “meteoric,” “explosive,” and “skyrocketing.” From our perspective on the leading edge of this trend, we can’t argue.

In a bombshell move over the weekend, IBM announced that it would acquire Red Hat in a deal worth $34B. Big Blue announced that it would offer $190 per share of Red Hat in a cash transaction that represents a substantial premium over the latter’s current valuation. Red Hat stock closed at just $116.68 on Friday and was down slightly last week after missing analyst estimates, though the company increased subscription revenue by 20 percent.

This deal is the largest ever for an open source company and the third-largest tech deal ever.

However, the tech press might need to find some new adjectives: IBM has announced it will acquire Red Hat, a move that “changes everything about the cloud market,” according to IBM Chairman, President, and CEO Ginni Rometty. The deal closely follows the completion of Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub, and news of the impending merger of Cloudera and Hortonworks; it also handily challenges the perception of IBM as a purely old-guard vendor dealing exclusively in closed-source, off-the-shelf software solutions. Furthermore, it underscores the legitimization of open source solutions for enterprise.

In 1993, Bob Young was unemployed and working out of his wife’s sewing closet on a new company he co-founded.

Here at Hardcastle, we can’t say we’re surprised – in fact, we see landmark deals like this one as an inevitable part of open source becoming mainstream for even the most mission-critical applications. We continue to experience firsthand how open source is increasingly important and can add value to customer in saving huge licensing cost, also resulting in and getting more value from geospatial data.

GIS Technology for Tracking Courier Business

Couriers who transport such items as medical specimens face special challenges. Organizations such as clinical laboratories, blood banks, biomedical services, hospitals, pharmaceutical services, and tissue banks depend

upon couriers to transport medical specimens safely and track time critical delivery. Because of today’s mobile

technology, clients can track individual packages in real time and validate deliveries, especially critical in life or death scenarios.

For companies offering time critical services, the ability to access information and packages quickly can result in time and labor savings and improve customer satisfaction. For some clients, efficient time critical service is truly a matter of life and death.

In addition to changes in devices used by drivers, highly sophisticated warehouse management solutions can have a tremendous impact on the business, allowing for reduced warehouse space due to increased efficiency, less labor, carrier freight savings and improved overall service.

The benefits of using current technology for your courier business:

  • Delivery confirmation signatures can be captured, stored, transmitted and reported electronically.
  • Using handheld devices saves time and reduces labor costs
  • Electronic information can be stored in formats that can be readily searched and reported, saving on labor and clerical costs.
  • Using software and handheld devices increases accuracy, reducing the incidence of costly, time consuming errors.
  • Employing technological solutions allows for real time tracking of information.
  • Use of electronic data makes information easy to reconcile, track and implement in producing reports
  • Removing the paper trail reduces paper waste, saving trees and other resources.
  • Use of warehouse management system software enables a business to organize, schedule and monitor critical warehouse functions, increasing efficiency in order to save time and money.
  • Using transportation management system software enables the business to streamline transportation routes, collect, organize and monitor data on drivers, deliveries and transportation resources. The streamlined business can reduce energy costs and other expenses.

Overall, the correct use of today’s technology can help to reduce errors, save time and money and develop more efficient, consistent business practices. These streamlined operations often are more productive and profitable. In addition, having access to accurate real time data and information provides the opportunity to communicate clearly with customers, potentially increasing the level of service, support and customer satisfaction.

Technology currently available for your courier business

  • Barcode scanners create business efficiency by recording information about packages, enabling them to be tracked throughout the warehouse and delivery processes. This ability to track packages is essential to meeting expectations and regulations.
  • Warehouse management software solutions help to organize the storage, retrieval and processing of packages and inventory, as well as to produce useful, critical reports and provide visibility for customers and employees.
  • Transportation management software solutions produce effective information tracking of drivers, deliveries, routes and other critical information.
  • Radio frequency (RF) facilitates the use of handheld devices in warehouses, allowing for the transmission of information from point to point, reducing labor expense.
  • Handheld computers capture signatures electronically, allowing the data to be transmitted, stored, tracked and reported for a variety of functional uses.
  • Global positioning systems (GPS) technology is essential in tracking packages, deliveries and drivers throughout the logistics and delivery processes.

How to find effective technology solutions for your business

  • Contact a company that has experience in dealing with companies in the courier industry and is a member in good standing of courier associations, such as MCAA and ECA as well as FMA and other state courier associations.
  • Look for a single source supplier of technology. Ideally, your business should be able to contact one company from which to purchase handheld devices which are already configured. This company should be available for consultation, service and support and be knowledgeable about selecting hardware to meet the specific challenges faced by your business and its users.
  • Seek a company that has experience in dealing with warehouses, third party logistics providers, transportation professionals, and supply chain/logistics providers. This experience is essential in helping you to locate solutions that will benefit your business while applying best practices to minimize inefficiency and waste.
  • Contact hardware manufacturers such as Motorola, Honeywell and AT&T for recommendations and company references.
  • Find a company that comes highly recommended by other businesses in the courier industry. Information can be found by searching user groups and forum on LinkedIn, the professional social media network.

SPV4ALL- Solar Potential Calculator Tool launched by Hardcastle and TERI

Solar PV for all (“SPV4ALL”) is an initiative taken by The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), Developed by Hardcastle GIS Solutions Pvt. Ltd.  and supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF) to promote solar PV systems in India. The ‘SPV4ALL’ mobile application is initially developed for Android mobile devices, using which users can estimate the electricity production of a grid-connected or, off-grid solar photovoltaic system based upon few simple input parameters. To use the solar simulation tool under ‘SPV4ALL’ mobile application, user will need to select a location of interest on map either through find location or, using in-built GPS, specify the space available to install the solar PV system, and provide some basic information about the system cost, and electricity rate. ‘SPV4ALL’ mobile application calculates estimated value of electricity production, capital investment cost, CO2 savings, payback, find local solar PV installers etc. for the user define solar PV system.To Download Click Below

SPOT7 Satellite first Image

Airbus Defence and Space has published the first images obtained from the SPOT 7 satellite, a mere three days after its launch on 30 June. Over the last few hours, the entire chain – from satellite programming and image acquisition to telemetry reception and processing – was successfully put into operation to deliver these first spectacular images. These images show highly diverse landscapes, revealing SPOT 7’s full potential in terms of natural resource and urban zone mapping and agri-environmental monitoring.

The SPOT 6/7 constellation is now in place and considerably improves the capabilities and performance offered by SPOT 5, which has been in operation since 2002 and which is scheduled to be decommissioned from commercial service during the first quarter of 2015. This new constellation offers a higher resolution, greater programming reactivity and a much higher volume of images acquired daily (in monoscopic or stereoscopic mode).

SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 mark the dawning of a new era for the SPOT family in forming a constellation of high-resolution Earth observation satellites phased at 180° in the same orbit. This means that each point on the globe can be revisited on a daily basis and wide areas covered in record time, all with an unparalleled level of precision. With both satellites in orbit, acquisition capacity will be boosted to six million square kilometres per day – an area ten times the size of France.

With the very-high-resolution twin satellites Pléiades 1A and 1B, SPOT 6 and now SPOT 7, Airbus Defence and Space’s optical satellite constellation will offer the company’s customers a high level of detail across wide areas, a highly reactive image programming service and unique surveillance and monitoring capabilities.

The first SPOT 7 images can be downloaded via FTP ftp.astrium-geo.com/SPOT7

If you need a procure a satellite image for your project contact us today on sales@hardcastlegis.com or call us on +91-9665050993

Pune Traffic App – A hit among citizens

Just a month after the launch of the Pune Traffic mobile application, it has been downloaded by 25,000 users, sending a strong message of approval from citizens. Launched on July 9, the application has several useful features such as live traffic flow information and GPS navigation. On an average, about 1,000 people download the app every day.

Several citizens who have used the application have rated it highly on Play Store, and have even left suggestions on how to improve it. The application has received 1800 ratings from users, averaging 4.6 out of five on the app market. This is a higher rating than the 4.2 received by the Delhi Traffic police’s app and the 4.1 by Bangalore police’s effort.


Pune Traffic App developed by Hardcastle

Traffic related information in Pune can now be available at your fingertips. The traffic police in Pune have launched ‘Pune Traffic App’ for the Punekars. It s a real time traffic app currently live on Android and is under review for iOS.

The app has been designed to provide correct information about traffic in real time. The objective is to provide better service to Pune citizens. Pune Traffic App users will receive alerts on traffic jams. Apart from the traffic information, the app has details about traffic police, rules, emergency contacts, addresses of police stations and phone numbers of local traffic officers. This app can also connect to a GPS enabled server which can help the user for navigation.

The traffic police will also be able to access the database of vehicles, offences, stolen vehicles and seized driving licenses with the help of the app. Police will now be able to restrict people from using RTO-issued duplicate licenses and know details about stolen cars by feeding in the registration number. The app, through a record of past violations, will also help cops in collecting more fines from repeat offenders.

Pune Traffic App  should benefit not just the Punekars but other people travelling to the state as well. Mr. Vishwas Pandhare, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) ensured that the software will be updated periodically. We hope that the Pune traffic police ensure the smooth functioning of this app to keep the users of the app informed about the traffic conditions. We also hope that such apps are introduced in more regions in our country which help to improve the traffic conditions in our country.

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Roger Tomlinson, Father of GIS may RIP

The GIS community is experiencing profound sadness today as it learns of the death of Roger Tomlinson.  Roger Tomlinson was a central figure in the development of GIS.  Tomlinson passed away in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico on February 9, 2014.

Father of GIS

Tomlinson was a pioneer in the field of geographic information systems.  He was widely credited with having developed the first GIS with the creation of the Canada Land Inventory (CLI) in 1962.

Born in England in 1933, Roger Tomlinson made his name in the field of GIS in Canada having moved there in 1953.  His early work in GIS paved the way for the increasingly widespread use of mapping and geospatial technologies in government agencies.  Tomlison stated in an interview about those beginnings:

“The early days of GIS were very lonely.  No-one knew what it meant. My work has certainly been missionary work of the hardest kind.”

Tomlinson was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his contributions to the GIS field.  He was awarded the American Associations of Geographer’s James R. Anderson Medal of Honor for Applied Geography in 1995 and the Robert T. Aangeenbrug Distinguished Career Award in 2005.  In 1997, he was awarded Esri’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2010, Tomlinson and Jack Dangermond were the joint .

Not much information is available about Roger Tomlinson’s passing at the moment.  His wiki page has already been updated to reflect his death.  The Twitterverse is only now starting to become aware of his passing, triggered by a tweet from Michael Gould, who was notified of his death by Esri founder, Jack Dangermond.  Gould tweeted: “Yes, it’s true. It’s a very sad day for the GI community, that Roger Tomlinson, father of GIS, has died. (over the weekend).”