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3 Practical Ways GIS Puts Predictive Analytics on the Map

Posted by Jason Harris on Aug 29, 2016 7:48:45 AM


GIS is a powerful tool in many respects and is one of the central ways in which predictive analytics will become the norm across many disciplines and industries. Geospatial analysis can be a critical way to determine many things from crime to health risks and even in helping communications for corporate or government field workers. With excessive amounts of data and the expansive mobility of workers, predictive analytics maps are a useful tool that help leaders make faster, smarter and more informed decisions, whether in the face of an impending crisis or a big business deal.

3 Practical Uses for Predictive Analytics

  1. Repairs for Energy Companies
    Each year as storm season rolls in there are countless repairs due to damages from bad weather that need to be addressed. Dozens of field workers will be dispatched to the field to inspect damages and prepare for repairs of all kinds. This typically entails lots of paperwork including maps and work order forms. When energy companies employ GIS tools and move these paper processes around repairs into geodatabases that can also manage tasks, productivity will inevitably increase. GIS maps optimize these legacy systems so that workers in the field can receive their paperwork and dispatch instructions all on their mobile devices. The predictive analytics tools in GIS are useful in keeping track of the most recent repairs so energy companies won’t be playing catch-up when it comes to fixing what's broken, but will have data showing when repairs and inspections will need to happen again, and where.
  2. Public Health Maps
    GIS predictive analytics are groundbreaking when it comes to both providing healthcare as well as epidemiology. Known as medical informatics, GIS predictive analytics have been used to track the trends of the Zika virus as well as many other powerful health tracking projects. There are maps that track metropolitan water qualities, which, if compromised allows authorities and healthcare facilities to prepare for any disease outbreaks associated with it. Maps can also help people track their own personal place history, which will inform them of possible hazardous chemical exposure so they can get the help they need before symptoms are debilitating.  
  3. Crime Watch Maps
    Predictive analytics are even being used by police forces around the country, most notably in Los Angeles, where police officers are able to track and map things like clusters of methamphetamines labs. GIS experts working for the police departments can also use predictive analytics that will employ data to determine where and when certain types of crimes are most likely to occur, and what factors point to the possibility.

Predictive analytics are quickly becoming the norm in organizations seeking to leverage new forms of intelligence to make better decisions and even do things like prevent disease and crime. If you are looking to make these changes in your organization ROK can be your experts in helping you transition to a GIS infrastructure that will bring you great success in looking towards the future with confidence. Call us today to learn how we can use our expertise to help you make this change!  


Topics: arcGIS, big data, Cloud, crime prevention, Data, data analysis, drug control, field workers, Geospatial, GIS, Legacy Systems, map, medical informatics, mobile maps, place history, predictive, public health

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