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The GIS of the City of Brno - 16 years of consistent development

September 2021 marked 16 years since one of the most advanced and robust geographical informational systems in the Czech Republic started taking shape – The GIS of the City of Brno (GISMB).

The GISMB was designed and developed by the GIS Department of the Brno City Municipal Authority. The core of the system was created in 2005, the first web application was launched in 2006. We are very proud that the City of Brno has chosen T-MAPY company to be its partner in creating this great municipal GIS.

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GISMB is based on linking common data with their spatial location within the city limits. This allows users to work even with data that are seemingly non-homogenous and otherwise unlinkable, thus providing a completely new and often unexpected perspective. For example, if we link data describing the age structure of citizens with their place of residence and take into account how this data evolved over time, we can make better plans for school locations or retirement homes.

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RNDr. Dana Glosová

GIS Department Manager, Municipal Authority of the City of Brno

Since 2005, the whole system has undergone multiple changes and after years of continuous development, it now looks completely different than in the beginning. Currently it includes roughly 240 applications, both internal as well as those intended for general public.

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GISMB - one of the most advanced and robust municipal GIS in the Czech Republic

GISMB has been acknowledged abroad as well; in 2009 and 2015, the City of Brno received a prestigious award at the global Esri Conference – the ESRI SAG (Special Achievement in GIS) award.

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The best value of GISMB is that it is being used on daily basis by hundreds of workers of the municipal and other local authorities, various city organizations, and is gaining more attention within the public as well.

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Examples of applications for the general public – from the GISMB presentation (author Dana Glosová)

Which GISMB applications are the most popular? Among the internal apps the most frequently used are those related to the cadastre and land registry, city properties and digital technical maps. Public users are usually interested in applications referring to zoning plans, Brno’s cemeteries and roadwork; applications displaying historical aerial photographs and the map of participatory budget are also popular.

Needless to say, more and more of these applications are approached from tablets and mobile phones.

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Assetino Lighting - more than a list of street lamps and poles

Assetino Lighting is a web-based data management and visualization solution. Its easy-to-use interface and sophisticated tools are designed to help local authorities and other organizations store, manage and display all street lighting-related data (switchboards, poles, cables, cable cabinets, lamps etc.).

The application is used by numerous municipalities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In addition to the apparent daily assignments, the office workers use Assetino Lighting to help them with other tasks. Below you can read more about some of them.

Valid data for strategic documents and grants requests

Street lighting is a very important part of every local government agenda. Furthermore, it is technically and financially demanding - strategic planning of this area is therefore crucial. Assetino Lighting provides accurate and up-to-date data for various strategic documents and grant proposals. It also represents a well-suited environment for strategic data display.

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The image shows a public map application displaying the Street Lighting Strategic Plan of Hradec Kralove City.

Up-to-date data for city engineering maps

Any municipal government of a larger city should have a detailed engineering map at its disposal. This large scale map displays numerous data layers, therefore bringing it up-to-date is a time-consuming process (which is usually carried out annually). Since Assetino Lighting is used on a daily basis, it represents a great source of relevant information on electric cables, poles, lamps etc.

For the city of Havlickuv Brod we set up an automatic interconnection between an Engineering map application and Assetino Lighting. It allows for an effortless comparison of electric cable outlines in these two data sources.

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Interconnection between Engineering map application and Assetino Lighting provides an instant comparison of electric cable outlines in these two data sources.

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There are many objects attached to or suspended from street lights: loudspeakers, traffic lights, cameras, advertising banners, hanging planters etc. To keep records of such objects Assetino Lighting provides a special module called “object register”. Besides systematized data administration it allows its users to create their own object types. For instance, in Klasterec nad Ohri it is used for Christmas street decoration planning.

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Assetino Lighting allows for an easy inventory of various objects: loudspeakers, traffic lights, cameras, advertising banners, hanging planters etc. The image shows how they use the objects register module in Jihlava City.

Smart City ready

For the cities that want to fully employ modern technologies, we offer Smart Assetino Lighting. This special extension interconnects Assetino with various online data transmitters (IoT sensors) attached to street lights. The integration allows Assetino users to visualize and analyze street lighting consumption, temperature of individual lights and other values. It also provides tools for remote control and efficient maintenance of the whole street lighting system. Find out more about our Smart City solutions!

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Prestigious International Award for Jack Dangermond

Jack Dangermond, Founder and CEO of Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (Esri), received the Planet and Humanity Medal from the International Geographical Union (IGU). This award is only given every four years to people who have made contributions in the political or policy community that have impacted the world in a positive way. Jack Dangermond is the first person in the private sector to receive this prestigious award.

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Esri's founder, Jack Dangermond, was awarded the Planet and Humanity Medal by the International Geographical Union. Jack Dangermond has done more to advance geography and create opportunities for its employment than any individual in history, says IGU in its 2021 Awards Announcement.

Jack Dangermond is a longtime advocate of geography and GIS tools that enable the use of geographic knowledge in many areas of human activity. He says, "Geography helps us to better understand and solve the current problems of the world.” In response to the award, Jack expressed gratitude to all GIS users saying that the IGU was honoring their collective work in advancing GIS over the past decades. “Today, GIS is helping professionals from virtually every field apply geographic science and thinking to their work. This is impacting hundreds of thousands of organizations; helping them understand, make better decisions and in turn contributing to almost every aspect of our modern society. GIS is ultimately making the world a better place.”

We add our congratulations and agree with Jack's words from the bottom of our hearts. At T-Mapy we also believe that geoinformatics helps us to create sophisticated information that can significantly improve our decision-making. This contributes to building and planning more sustainable cities, regions and, in general, improving the environment for all of us. You can find more information about our SmartCity concept on our website.

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Map of City Strategic Plans

A public interactive Map of city strategic plans is a smart way to share information on how public money is spent.

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Where should waste go? In Prague, three easy-to-use maps will help

Do you sort waste? In Prague, you can easily find out where and when you can dispose of it. The Municipal Authority of Prague worked together with T-MAPY company on creating three map applications related to waste management.

On these interactive maps based on the Assetino platform, citizens of Prague can easily find locations of the nearest recycling bins, where and when large dumpsters will be placed, and where to dispose of hazardous waste.

All three map applications are accessible via the Municipal Authority’s map portal. Individual city districts have these apps at their disposal to be published on their own web pages. Other waste management related maps will be created in the future.

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Recycling Bins Map

The Recycling Bins Map contains information about all sorted waste containers within the boundaries of the capital city of Prague (this service is provided to citizens of Prague for free as a part of the Complex system for handling municipal waste). The map covers over 5,400 locations.

Each location is colour-coded in order to indicate which type of waste may be disposed of there. After clicking on the selected location, detailed information is displayed – how often containers are collected, type of container, and whether it is accessible to the public. The application includes both public waste containers as well as non-public containers which serve residents of a specific building exclusively.

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Large-volume Waste Containers Map

Residents of Prague have an option to dispose of large-volume waste at collection yards, or in large-volume waste containers (LWC) which are placed directly on city streets. Biohazardous waste containers are also installed in the city streets at Prague’s residents disposal.

Thanks to the interactive map of LWC, Prague’s citizens can easily find out where and when these containers will be available to them. After clicking on a particular map symbol, an information panel will pop up with a description of container type (mixed waste/biowaste) as well as dates&times during which the container will be accessible.

As the application includes over 7,000 items, a special map layer was created to simplify navigation in such large amounts of data. It shows locations where containers will be placed in the upcoming seven days.

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Map of Movable Collections of Hazardous Waste

In this interactive map, users can look up routes of hazardous waste collection vehicles so that they know when one is taking place in their area (there are over 300 movable hazardous waste collections in Prague every year). The map displays individual collection routes and the stops on each route. After clicking on a particular route, collection dates and time will be displayed. Contact information for the collection vehicle driver is also included.

Depending on selected map layers, users can display either all collection routes within the boundaries of the city of Prague or the routes where the movable waste collection will take place in the upcoming 30 days.

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Technical Solution

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Municipal authority of the City of Prague

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T-MAPY ltd.

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The public

Main requirements

Well-organized visualization, ease of navigation, compatibility with existing municipal authority’s systems.

The goal of the contract was to create a series of monothematic map applications for informing the public about specific topics in the area of waste management. Since the data is acquired from various sources, prior to visualization the data model had to be unified. A system for periodic and automatic data update was set up as well.

The system framework for the applications is delivered by I-MEDIA company – it facilitates internal management of the system which is also linked with waste collection financing. The Assetino Waste Management application from T-MAPY company provides tools for data publishing in well-organized maps, including search and filtering mechanisms and geometric data editing tools. A map layer is created for each topic which allows users to toggle the selected topic on/off.

The interface of public map applications is designed with regard to maximum clarity and intuitiveness. All map applications allow users to work with map layers (toggling selected topics on/off), search by address, or change of the background map (basic map/aerial image).

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Within the past few years, we have collaborated with T-MAPY company on many successful projects. Therefore, when it came to this contract – a set of map applications for Prague’s waste management - I could rely on T-MAPY to provide problem-free cooperation, professionalism, and a top-quality outcome.

Our goal was to provide Prague’s residents with comprehensible information on waste management, and thanks to T-MAPY, this was achieved with an excellent result. Three map applications were created during the first phase of the project: Sorted Waste Map, Large-volume Container Map, and a Map of Mobile Collections of Hazardous Waste. The applications have a very attractive design, are well-organized and easy to navigate. That’s very important since they are intended for the general public. At the same time, it is a modern and technically advanced solution which makes daily tasks easier for us, the system administrators.

The great set-up cooperation with T-MAPY continues – currently, we are collaborating with them on other map applications which will address the internal needs of the municipal office.

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Nora Lebrova

The administrator for Information Systems, Prague Municipal Authority
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Facility Management and GeoFaM - from data to processes

Usually, during our work as well as leisure activities, we try to achieve the appropriate (optimal) goal or result, whether it’s a professional or sports performance, free time, or any other type of activity. We typically reach the optimum goal if we manage to harmonize activities and functions with the people who are involved in them and the environment in which we carry them out.

Facility management is, in a way, a method for synchronizing work environment, employees, and work activities within an organization. GeoFaM is then a platform which utilizes the principles of GIS for use in facility management. The basic pillar of GeoFaM is the data describing the domain or area in which we utilize the methods and principles of facility management.

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For example, in order to operate and maintain buildings and their technologies, we will, of course, need to have the information about the building in terms of construction documentation as well as technological documentation. This data will be used to optimize processes in the building by synchronizing the building environment, functions performed inside it, and, most importantly, the users of the building and their needs.

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We are newly starting to expand the data warehouse by adding support for processes related to building operations or landscape management. We need operational data for this – one, they provide us with information about planning, performing, and evaluating maintenance and operational processes, but at the same time, they are used for evaluating and consequently optimizing these processes.

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The combinations of data of as-built model of buildings and operational data obtained via “smart” IoT devices are opening up vast possibilities in modern facility management, as well as in the administration of various kinds of properties (asset management). We are ready for this trend and can’t wait for what it brings!

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T-MAPY takes part in the development of GIS in Moldova

T-MAPY, together with the GEOtest company, is working on a project which supports the implementation of a regional strategy by using GIS data in Moldova. The entire project has shifted into its second half both time-wise and process-wise, and we are happy to share the results it has achieved so far.

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The first trip we undertook was in the fall of 2018. Since then, we have visited Chisinau and its surrounding regions several times. We were able to analyze the situation in SDI (Spatial Data Infrastructure) by conducting a complex survey.

We addressed 90 institutions in total; these included all ministries as well as most government organizations, scientific institutions, universities, and non-government organizations. Our goal was to evaluate the current expertise and technical background as well as identify existing geodata in Moldova. We found that basic geodata was of excellent technical quality, yet if updates are not ensured, the data cannot be used as a reference for follow-up thematic data. Currently, the pillar grasped in the most complex way from conceptual, legislative, as well as the implementation point of view includes metadata, the geoportal, and network services.

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On the other hand, the competence and development of human resources represent one of the weakest aspects of the current situation. The high fluctuation of qualified workers, their insufficient numbers in public administration, and a lack of a lifelong education system paralyze many activities, including the integration of the geoportal and the open data portal. Regarding thematic data, we evaluated its condition, type of distribution, and compliance with standards, and we conducted an assessment of needs and of interest in missing spatial information.

We fused all of this information together into a demonstration of a simple map application and into our EDAS metainformation system.

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Another integral part of this project was conducting numerous GIS training sessions, under the wings of the GEOtest company. These continue to take place at regional agencies, the land cadaster agency, and the Ministry of agriculture, environment, and regional development. The training sessions culminated in a professional tour around the Czech Republic. In total, 42 Moldovan visitors travelled to Brno, Hradec Králové, and Prague. The institutions they visited included the Masaryk University, the Municipal Authority of Brno, the Municipal Authority of Hradec Králové, the Institute for Planning and Development of Prague, the Czech Information Agency for the Environment, and finally a visit to the Czech Development Agency.

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The key outputs of the project include an analysis of legislative documents, methodologies, and binding documents. While analyzing the current state of the national spatial data infrastructure of Moldova, a total of six legal bottlenecks were discovered. The goal of the proposed legislative measures is to contribute to an increased quality of Moldovan legislation in the spatial data area. At the same time, the proposals for legislation revisions/amendments represent inputs for emerging Moldovan national strategy on spatial information.

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Introducing New Corpis Maps Portal and Corpis Maps Studio!

New version of Corpis Maps has been released.

“In last months, we have been working hard on the most important innovation in the history of the Corpis Maps product. Our goal was to create a single place which will enable simple creation of analytical maps and comfortable sharing in an organization or with the public. The result is the all-new Corpis Maps Portal and Corpis Maps Studio, that will help you to utilize maximum from the power of analytical maps in the private and public sector.”

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Jaroslav Polacek

Corpis Maps Product and Partnership Manager

Map and User Management in Corpis Maps Portal

In Corpis Maps Portal, you can create analytical maps and usersof two types (Administrator, Viewer), each type has specific rights. An “Administrator” has the right to create and edit analytical maps and users. A “Viewer” has the right to view maps that are assigned to him/her.

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New Corpis Maps Studio

Corpis Maps Portal contains the new Corpis Maps Studio (formerly known as Creator), where you can simply create and share your analytical map without the need to know any programming language. All important features are immediately accessible together with the live preview of the map you are just creating.

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Drag and Drop Data Upload

When creating a map, you can now upload data (CSV or JSON format) directly by selecting a file from your computer or drag the file to the drop zone. It is so easy! If you prefer to read the data from a URL address, it is available too.

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Ready to Use Aggregation Polygons and GeoEnrichment Data

From now, you will never need to think about how how to create aggregation polygons (districts, regions, etc.) for your country, we did it for you. Simply choose the right one from the list. Use the same way to enhance your map wit statistical data in the GeoEnrichment section. Number and areas of these datasets will be growing based on your ideas and needs.

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Map Sharing

Every map in Corpis Maps Portal can be shared across your organization or with the public (including iframe). When configuring a map, click the “Share” button and select, who will have access to the map.

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More information about Corpis Maps Portal and Corpis Maps Studio

All features of new Corpis Maps Portal will be described in detail on our Blog.

Availability

All Corpis Maps Integration Partners, Solution Partners and clients have immediate access to this new version..

Are you interested in a Corpis Maps demo map containing your own data?

Would you like to integrate Corpis Maps into your product (CRM, ERP, E-commerce, …)?

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T-MAPY User Conference Attracts Record Numbers of Asset Management Professionals

Nearly 160 asset management professionals, representing more than 60 organizations, came together in Prerov, Czech Republic to discuss industry trends such as data driven decision making, SMART Cities and IoT integration. Meeting at the T-MAPY annual user conference, delegates from government organizations mixed with retail, public transport and emergency services professionals to discover the latest developments in geoinformatics and were presented with updates on the award-winning Assetino Asset Management software.

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Delegates at the two day event had a choice of around forty sessions to attend with options including Assetino demonstrations, customer experience presentations and an overview of T-MAPY’s activities in its role as the leading architect of digital technical mapping in the Czech Republic.

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Assetino presentations included new module demonstrations; Waste, Cemeteries, Water and Sewage and others, new platform features including smart asset management tools and advanced asset analytics as well as solutions for GeoBIM and GeoFaM (geo-enabled Facilities Management). Assetino customers also delivered examples of Assetino implementations and in-use projects, complete with positive user experience and market feedback.

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“It is always exciting to bring together professionals who have a diverse a range of backgrounds and operating sectors but all have one thing in common,” commented Milan Novotný, CEO of Czech based T-MAPY the company behind Assetino. “For us it’s all about location; locating assets, locating customers, locating service users. This conference clearly demonstrated that if you can accurately record, manage, analyse and present detailed locational information, using Assetino for example, then you can improve decision making and service delivery.”

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Recently ranked in the top ten asset management solutions in Europe the Assetino product suite includes easy to use tools for collecting, recording, interrogating and analysing detailed information about the location, type and condition of virtually any asset. Offering a geospatial approach to asset management, Assetino provides users with real time visibility and intelligence for a range of applications including cemetery management, waste and recycling, water and sewage and others.

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In fact, the Assetino product suite contains more than a dozen easy to use, configure and integrate modules including Public Lighting, Roadways and Communications, Street and Park Equipment, Monument and Advertising, for example. And, as demonstrated at the user conference, Assetino is already supporting informed decision making and improved service delivery and reaping benefits for thousands of users within public sector organizations across Central and Eastern Europe.

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Assetino Awarded in Top 10 Asset Management Solutions

In strong competition, T-MAPY's product Assetino has received a prestigious Top 10 Asset Management solution providers 2019 award from CIO Applications Europe. Read more about T-MAPY’s Assetino platform.

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Assetino platform has innovation, configurability and scalability in its DNA. Thanks to these characteristics, it enables to create comprehensive asset management apps for any asset.

Assetino contains approximately 15 modules for various industries (Municipalities, Waste management, Electric, Water, and Sewerage, etc.) Our new challenge is the integration of GIS and systems for Computer Aided Facility Management (CAFM), which provide critical information about the structure/building throughout the whole life cycle.

Assetino platform is currently used by over 1 000 customers, from small municipalities and companies to large organizations.

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