Location Manager is a one stop hub to help you manage and share your location and spatial data with any systems that are not formatted to the British Standard BS7666. It includes features designed to aid the loading, merging, filtering and processing of your location and spatial data, which can then be published in multiple formats including those compatible with your GIS. Location Manager will enable any of this data to be represented on mobile devices, and can be further enhanced by our location based augmented reality application, allowing the data to be visualised and therefore more easily understood in the field.
There are two versions of Location Manager:
Location Manager Base
This enables you to share any location and spatial data across your systems, eg new streets and properties, but only from an Aligned Assets gazetteer, ie iManage or Bluelight, out to another operational system. Location Manager Base is provided automatically when you subscribe to one of our gazetteers.
Location Manager Publish
This allows you take data from any system within the organisation, and to merge, filter and process it with data from your Aligned Assets gazetteer before sharing it with other systems. For example, a council can use this to synchronise Council Tax reference numbers with new/changed properties on the gazetteer. This can then be published to other relevant systems as scheduled, including the national hub run by GeoPlace.
Loading location and spatial data
Your location and/or spatial data can be uploaded to Location Manager in any format (not just BS7666) and from all database types using open source technology. Spatial data can be loaded in one of two ways:
- directly from a spatial database such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle or Postgres
- from Esri Shape, MapInfo Tab or Google KML files
Whichever way you’re uploading your location or spatial data, you can automate the process via the in-built scheduler as frequently as you require.
Combining, formatting and filtering
Location Manager’s in-built view builder can be used to combine location and spatial data from multiple sources helping to enrich and bring new insights to the data available. This can then be formatted and filtered by relevance for any specific audience.
The view builder also has a simple wizard-driven mapping mode as well as a more advanced mode where complex views can be configured using SQL. To help maximise flexibility, a user can create further views on existing views they have already created.
Any data held can be sent to a recipient in a variety of GIS formats including ESRI Shape, MapInfo Tab as well as CSV format according to their preference. It can be sent via email, FTP or to a network folder location. It can be automated via the in-built scheduler, as often as you require. The same data can be sent to multiple recipients, each of whom may require differing formats and/or frequency. Any published data can be split by a field of the user’s choice to make it easy to consume and relevant to their needs.
Enabling GDPR compliance
If you’re holding any personal information on your location/spatial data, you’ll need to comply with the GDPR regulations. Most of your existing systems will already enable you to delete and/or anonymise personal data, however they may not allow you to implement a data retention strategy. Location Manager has an in-built retention period feature, allowing you to automate this process.
Mobile access & augmented reality
Location Manager is the engine that drives our augmented reality application, Symphony AR. It comes with a set of web services that allow you to view any of its location and spatial data on a smartphone, tablet or smart glasses while out in the field. This can be viewed in a traditional 2D map and as augmented reality images overlaying the real-life view on the screen. Adaptable to individual needs, you can choose the data you want represented, determine the visual representation, restrict the devices that have access and control security. Proximity and time based banner ads can be displayed on the mobile devices and can also be configured by the user.
Please see Symphony AR for more details on augmented reality.