There are public and private Internet Map Servers available to meet all business needs. Many of them are complete with maps of different regions or industries. Accessing interactive maps and geo-referencing tools for a business can increase the competitive edge.
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The Internet lets users access the maps, manipulate data, store referencing information, and improve productivity. Internet map servers can be used by a variety of services. A real estate agency may use it to help clients find a home based on certain criteria: schools, local transit, shopping, and civic centers. Tourists may access maps to find a hotel within easy transport to landmarks, entertainment, and conference centers. Transport companies may use these systems in tandem with GPS to track their vehicles.
Single function sites are not foolproof. Any GIS websites that allow user input, or share data have the inherent possibility of error. These include inappropriate abbreviations, misspelling, wrong data, or a combination of problems. Well designed sites anticipate errors and correct them.
Multi-function websites fact a variety of problems associated with poor design of the operating platform. This can be compounded by limited functionality on the server side. Older servers with outdated operation systems, bandwidth restrictions, can all cause problems. Users who do not read instructions or pay attention to training until they run into problems cause other problems. A good GIS website needs to have the power and resources needed to combine several scripts, most open source, into a functioning platform that can address all problems associated with managing an interactive map website.
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The client's website will lack the technical and professional jargon associated with the software. The Internet Map Server should not use the technical language either. This makes it easier for their non-technical clients to understand the information.
Many companies and organizations that use GIS and geo-referencing systems are in the agricultural, public services, mining, transport, and municipal managers. They need to trust the servers that host their systems. They need to know the customer service will be available when needed to keep their systems online.
Businesses need to look at their users, and the people in-house who are responsible for maintaining, updating, and implementing the system. They rarely have any comprehension of the full scope of their system software, its capabilities, or management functions. The in-house training courses are often brief and minimal.
This puts the responsibility on the Internet Map Server to ensure that their clients are able to effectively manage the system, or their own websites and utilities within the system. Internet Map Servers offer a solution for delivering digital maps and GIS data and services via the web through any computer's browser. They provide highly scalable framework for GIS web publishing that meets the needs of corporate intranets. They need to handle the demands of users worldwide and accommodate the extra loads caused by mobile and wireless devices. A good Internet Map Server makes it possible for corporations and municipalities to publish interactive maps that meet all their needs, despite the CPU load or the user's skill level.
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