GGP links GIS to mainstream internet mapping services
GGP Systems has linked its professional Geographic Information System (GIS) to publicly-available web mapping portals such as Google Maps and Bing Maps with a click-to-view tool, the company has announced. The tool automatically links the current working window of GGP GIS to the same location on the selected mapping service. By opening up access to additional intelligence offered by the different map layers available online it is hoped users of GGP GIS can improve working efficiencies. "Once set up this tool allows for a one-click link between GGP GIS and the preferred web mapping application," commented Jeremy Thomas, Business Development Manager at GGP Systems. "This means users of our GIS can verify their location and obtain additional intelligence by accessing aerial views, street level views, road names, business locations and other places of interest. This is not only a nice to have it has real world applications and benefits. Imagine for example a council call centre dealing with hundreds of queries every day each one relating to a specific location. By giving staff the ability to access additional intelligence valuable time can be saved, improving resolutions rates and raising customer satisfaction levels." The link to web mapping script was suggested by Mark Tipper, business improvement officer at Wyre Forest District Council, a user of GGP GIS. The automated link gives other GGP users easy access to an array of additional visual information on their work in progress location including aerial photomaps, 3D imagery and street level 360 video viewing using Google StreetView, for example.
Pictured: Mike Tipper, business improvement officer at Wyre Forest District Council, with the new system.
GGP Systems: www.ggpsystems.co.uk
O2 launches "No. 10" £10 4G tariff for government and third sector
Mobile network operator O2 has launched 'No. 10', a 4G mobile tariff exclusively for public sector and third sector organisations. The launch follows confirmation that O2 is the first mobile operator to achieve the secure and government-approved network certification (CAS(T)). The No. 10 tariff includes a 4G-enabled Nokia Lumia 635 or Samsung Galaxy handset; unlimited calls and texts; and up to 5GB of data. The No.10 tariff will be available under Lot 6 of the PSN Services Framework as a Direct Award option and costs a flat rate of £10 per month per connection. Customers on the No.10 tariff will be supported with a fully verified data-wipe of existing handsets, certified for data compliance; the ability to recycle all old devices; and a seamless transition to the new technology from other services.
O2 public sector: www.o2.co.uk/enterprise/sectors/public-sector
Atos helps Enfield become ICT strategy leader
IT services company Atos says it has enabled Enfield Council to become the first in UK local government to base its ICT delivery on the Service Integration and Management (SIAM) model. SIAM is an industry-wide service model recommended by the Cabinet Office as the most effective way of managing multiple service providers consistently and efficiently. The new delivery model will provide 25% cost reduction on core IT central costs and 20% on projects, Atos says. Councillor Andrew Stafford, Enfield's cabinet member for finance, said: "Atos supported us throughout the negotiation period with our outsource partner which resulted in a successful transition to a new model which brings great services to the citizen alongside efficiencies." According to Atos, SIAM aims to provide enhanced choice for the customer, greater value through commoditisation and clarity of governance across the supplier landscape.
Atos UK and Ireland: uk.atos.net
Guardtime and Rainmaker bring big data security to UK government
Ground-breaking security technology, developed in collaboration with the Estonian government to make big data governance practical, prevent data breaches and provide integrity and accountability, is being made available to the UK government by Guardtime and Rainmaker Solutions. Guardtime chief executive Matt Johnson said: "Estonian scientists have built a near perfect detection technology that allows every event on enterprise networks to be attributed and verified in such a way that the privacy of each event is maintained but the integrity of the events cannot be denied. Guardtime allows organisations to identify and visualise threats and changes to important intangible assets and data; such as copy and transfer, deletion, and manipulation - all in real-time. Our integrity instrumentation allows you the fundamental ability to tag, track, and locate your assets in cyberspace. A GPS for data." Guardtime's Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI) and solutions such as GuardView and GuardVision alert organisations to theft or manipulation of their data and provide a complete provenance picture, which can be resolved with forensic auditability, the company says. Technology consultancy Rainmaker Solutions has partnered with Guardtime to bring this technology to UK government.
Guardtime UK, with Rainmaker: http://guardtime.rainmaker.solutions