Indoor GIS: What Makes it So Appealing to Businesses?

CIO Review Europe | Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Indoor GIS allows creating a new working environment, including shared workstations and office hotels, as well as the identification of potential dangers and the easy location of sanitization stations on a map.

FREMONT, CA: Users that have access to Geographic Information System (GIS) data can see the big picture that others cannot. GIS data is essential for managing field operations, disaster response, building, and sustainable development, among other things. It lays the groundwork for in-depth spatial analysis and decision-making in many aspects of our life.

Although GIS applications have a long history in the outer domain, the indoors remain primarily untapped. On the other hand, indoor GIS has grown in popularity over the last decade, as more and more industries have joined the community. But what is it about indoor GIS that makes it so appealing to businesses?

Using Situational Awareness to Help Save Lives

For safety and security, increased situational awareness is essential. First responders can react faster and better if they have a clear and complete view of the environment and scenario. If a fire breaks out at work, a short glance at the Indoors augmented workplace map will show where the nearest fire extinguisher or exit is located, as well as the fastest way to get there.

In addition, all users can request maintenance or report incidents and mark their location on a map. This might be a hanging lighting fixture that must be fixed or a sanitized meeting room that needs to be cleaned to reduce the chance of Covid-19 infections in the workplace. Facility management has access to all information, including the kind and location of work orders, and can route to the best-prepared work order. Improved situational awareness allows facility managers to respond to accidents more quickly and other building occupants to play a more active part in keeping the workplace as safe as possible.

Keeping People Safe at Work During the Recovery of Covid-19

Employee safety is a primary priority as businesses reopen in the rebuilding phase. Indoors' comprehensive occupancy and density analysis help estimate how many employees can come to the office and what alterations to seating arrangements are required to maintain social distance. Indoor GIS allows creating a new working environment, including shared workstations and office hotels, as well as the identification of potential dangers and the easy location of sanitization stations on a map.

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