Why the telecoms industry must get a grip on the Internet of Things

Establishing a solid telecoms network that can cope with the capacity and coverage required to power the Internet of Things (IoT) is a serious challenge telecoms companies need to address within the next 12 months if they are to keep pace with the rapid evolution of digital technologies.

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Delivering Operational Intelligence

When I ran an operations division for a utility, one of my favourite employees was a guy named Stanley. Stanley started as a field worker, became a foreman, was promoted to supervisor, and advanced to regional crew manager. I remember how he worked, which largely explained his rapid ascent to management.

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How GIS is starting to underpin successful BIM strategies

While BIM (Building Information Modelling) has been around for a decade or more, legislation has recently been introduced in the UK which compels organisations wishing to tender for government construction contracts to use a BIM process to record, store and exchange digital packages in which spatial context is significant.

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Unique Digital breaks new ground in audience-targeted marketing

A creative digital marketing agency in London is using GIS to successfully focus its marketing activities on specific target audiences.  It employs Esri’s ArcGIS platform in the planning, auditing and evaluation phases of its campaigns to deliver the optimum return on marketing investment for its clients.

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Knight Frank steers UK retailers towards profitable expansion

The world’s leading independent real-estate consultancy is using Esri’s ArcGIS platform to help retailers find the most advantageous sites for new stores across the UK.  The firm gives its clients greater confidence in their business plans and enables them to expand their retail operations more quickly.

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Everything starts with a base map

Sovereign Housing has been working hard to place GIS into the hands of over 500 members of staff, a strategy that led to it winning the Esri UK Customer Success Award for ‘Cartography is for Everyone’ this year. Andrew Bradley, Strategic Insight Manager at Sovereign Housing, outlines how skillful cartography helped it win.

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Endangered birds of prey receive vital protection

An urgent conservation initiative is being spearheaded by The Golden Eagle Trust in Ireland to save the Hen Harrier, one of the country’s most endangered native bird species. By improving understanding of habitats, Esri’s ArcGIS is playing a key role in helping to safeguard this iconic bird of prey for future generations. 

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Mobile data collection saves fieldworkers one day a week

Winner of this year’s Your GIS is Mobile category, in the Esri UK Customer Success Awards, Fera Science is a shining example of how mobile GIS can inject new levels of efficiency and accuracy into field data collection, as David Tait, Esri UK Customer Success Manager, explains.

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South Ayrshire increases public engagement in planning

Innovative use of Story Maps led to South Ayrshire Council winning an Esri UK Customer Success Award this year, in the Tell Your Story Using a Map category. Murray Roden, Esri UK Customer Success Manager, examines how the council transformed the online presentation of its Local Development Plan, generating more public views than ever before.

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PBA reduces risk and improves efficiency in multi-disciplinary projects

Leading development and infrastructure consultancy Peter Brett Associates (PBA) has recently enhanced its use of GIS to help improve collaboration between its multi-disciplinary teams.   Employees can now share an understanding of the many diverse factors involved in successful development and infrastructure schemes, reducing project risk and increasing efficiency. 

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Black & Veatch surveys 30,000 assets in just 6 weeks

Working on behalf of UK Power Networks, the integrated consulting and construction business Black & Veatch has succeeded in surveying a massive portfolio of 30,000 cable pits, in just six weeks, using Esri’s mobile GIS.  This highly efficient project has not only saved months of effort, but also resulted in better quality data and a cost saving of over £130,000.  

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Westminster City Council maximises value for money with new approach to waste services procurement

A local authority in central London has made innovative use of GIS to help ensure that new tenders for its £225 million waste disposal contracts offer the best possible value for money.  By using Esri’s ArcGIS Online for this project, in place of an outside consulting firm, the council saved in excess of £20,000.

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Ofcom decides the future of Superfast Broadband

Ofcom is expected to make an announcement on the BT / Openreach potential split by the end of March 2016. The regulator must decide whether to break up BT - a decision that could catapult the UK's fibre infrastructure to be truly competitive on the world stage. 

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