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5 Important Ways GIS Enhances Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by Allison Oliverius on Sep 17, 2016 6:57:54 AM

Disaster-Recovery_GettyImages.jpgSometimes, disaster is inevitable. In weather emergencies, loss of data and vital information can threaten the life and long-term viability of your company. It is important that your business gets back to normal as quickly as possible, and what greatly aids in that goal is having a disaster recovery plan. Implementing a plan isn’t always easy. There are a lot of moving parts, and key members of your recovery team need to be up-to-date on the most relevant information. To that end GIS, like those produced by ROK Tech can offer a huge advantage.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, GIS

3 New Ways Drone Technology Inspires the GIS World

Posted by Allison Oliverius on Sep 10, 2016 1:23:17 PM

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Social media is ripe with videos of scenic destinations, wildlife, extreme sports and more. These videos are filled with sweeping views and unique angles that can’t possibly be taken by someone behind the camera. That’s because they weren’t; they were filmed using drones. While this technology has gone mainstream of late, those of us in the GIS industry have been using the devices for years to take mapping to completely different level. Find out three new ways drone technology is currently inspiring the GIS world.

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Topics: Drone technology, drones, GIS Mapping

ROKMAPS™ - A Best-in-Class Web GIS Platform

Posted by Carey Jenkins on Aug 29, 2016 5:51:50 PM

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Topics: Amazon Web Services, ArcGIS JS API, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Server Hosting, big data, Cloud, Visualization

3 Practical Ways GIS Puts Predictive Analytics on the Map

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

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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.

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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

4 Surprising Ways Climate Change is Impacting World Health Today

Posted by Emma Paz on Aug 22, 2016 11:51:05 AM

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Climate change has become a widely accepted fact around the world today as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise. The impacts of climate change on the planet will undoubtedly affect populations around the world causing not only the displacement of populations but also a variety of health risks. Ranging from diseases of impoverished populations as well as the emergencies that arise from extreme weather events that cause other health outbreaks to occur. There are obvious health risks associated with drought or floods, which leads to malnutrition, as well as the disproportionate risks for disease outbreaks in developing countries. However, there are still many ways in which climate change can cause less obvious public health challenges that ought to be public knowledge.   

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Topics: climate, climate change, disease control, environment, flooding, global warming, public health, rising temperatures

Get on the Right Path to Enterprise Readiness

Posted by Jay Fowler on Aug 16, 2016 2:46:52 PM

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way business is done and will demand that leaders consider their enterprise readiness in order to adapt to new economies. Consumer technology is central to this shift that is beginning to take place and demands that businesses approach enterprise readiness with the understanding that employees will be working and accessing corporate data from personal mobile devices. While this proves to be the most productive model of leveraging the IoT for productivity, it also presents more risks than if you were limiting their work to company provided devices and on-site work. By freeing them up and encouraging their consumerism, you can expect better work and, as long as you have considered your enterprise readiness in making this shift, the risks can be aptly managed.

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Topics: big data, cloud services, data management, enterprise, Infrastructure, Infrastructure as a Service, internet of things, IoT, mobile, mobile infrastructure, Security

Be Fully Prepared - Use GIS in Your Crisis Management Plan

Posted by Emma Paz on Aug 12, 2016 10:12:03 AM

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Whether you’re responding to rising sea levels, the Zika virus, or the possibility of a shooter in your midst, crisis management plans are incredibly important for many business and organizations. It’s important to have a number of scenarios mapped out in order to respond effectively when disaster strikes with the best possible crisis management plan. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, are amazingly effective in allowing you to project various scenarios and responses, preparing you with the best possible action plan if the unfortunate time should come.

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Topics: arcGIS, climate change, Cloud, crisis, Disaster, disaster response, management, Mapping Services, mobile

Gain Increased Security in the Internet of Things

Posted by Jay Fowler on Aug 5, 2016 4:26:28 PM
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One of the biggest questions companies have before moving forward to grasp all the amazing promises of the Internet of Things is that of security. Will data streams remain secure when they become even more varied through the growing number of mobile devices? As the Internet of Things becomes a reality across industries, new forms of data will emerge as information expands beyond current classifications, leading to an even greater need for new and yet unseen forms of analysis to sort and make sense of all this new data. The task at hand with this new reality is no small feat, and security is just one very important aspect of it. As you begin to consider how the Internet of Things will affect your industry and business, here are some things to consider in regards to security.

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Topics: big data, Cloud, connected devices, Data, Industry 4.0, Infrastructure as a Service, internet of things, IoT, mobile, mobile infrastructure, mobile solutions, Uncategorized

Look Out for the Top Emerging Trends in Information Technology

Posted by Jason Harris on Jul 30, 2016 2:55:47 PM

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It’s hard to imagine our lives without the constant connectivity of our smartphones, and yet just a few years ago we lived in such a world. What about the cloud and GPS? Can you imagine a week of your life without using these information technology tools? In a few short years, we will be saying the same thing about today’s emerging technologies that, for the moment, seem surreal and intangible and yet will soon be taken for granted aspects of our daily lives. Did you ever think you would be on the brink of robotics applications in industries across the board, or virtual reality for that matter? These are just a few of the emerging trends in information technology to keep your eye as their will inevitably be applications for them in your business, even if you can’t imagine how right now.

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Topics: arcGIS, big data, Cloud, connected devices, Data, drones, emerging trends, futures, GIS, internet of things, IT, mobile, Mobile Applications, robotics, ROK Mobile, Virtualization, Visualization

3 Ways Data Visualization Can Help Make Your Vision a Reality

Posted by Emma Paz on Jul 22, 2016 3:07:07 PM

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Data visualization is a modern form of communications that involves the study and creation of visual representations of large data streams often known as big data. Visualizing data is a powerful tool across many industries and disciplines and is often done with tools like ArcGIS, capable of turning almost any form of data into a geographical point ready to be mapped. If you have yet to unlock the power of big data in your company or organization and leverage it through maps and other means of data visualization, it’s time to get caught up with the technology quickly becoming taken for granted in various fields. It is being used in various administrative settings around the world from city planning to shipping and logistics and even marketing and sales.

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Topics: analytics, arcGIS, big data, big data visualization, Data, GeoDatabase, Geoprocessing, Geospatial, GIS, mapping data, Visualization

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