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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Making sense of The Internet of Things - why understanding location is critical to success

The Internet of things (IoT) is the name given to the technology that enables internet connected devices or sensors to collect and exchange data with other connected devices, sensor or mechanisms. 

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Fugro steers clients towards successful off-shore developments

Operating in over 70 countries, Fugro is the world’s leading independent provider of
services for organisations involved in designing, building and operating large industrial
installations at sea, such as wind farms or oil rigs. The company has used ArcGIS to develop
an automated tool that categorises areas of seabed as ‘no go’, ‘high risk’, ‘moderate risk’ or ‘low risk’, according to their development potential. 

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Jaguar Land Rover drives innovation in global automotive manufacturing

Such is the popularity and quality of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles that they are sold in
172 countries around the globe. Designers at Jaguar Land Rover therefore have to ensure that any amendments to vehicle designs and planned new models are engineered appropriately, so that they can be driven in diverse environments, ranging from the deserts of Saudi Arabia to the frozen wastelands of Siberia and the treacherous mountain passes of the Himalayas.

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Willis gains real-time insight into flooding disaster

When devastating floods swept across Central Europe, the international insurance broker Willis Group Holdings plc (Willis) used Esri’s ArcGIS Collector App to gain detailed, real-time insight into the impacts of the disaster. The company could then provide well-informed advice to its customers and strengthen its reputation as an expert on flood risk.

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Indulge your #selfie in a viral campaign that gets your brand at the top of everyone's Christmas list.

Indulge your #selfie in a viral campaign that gets your brand at the top of everyone's Christmas list.

Selfie campaigns are a great way to engage an audience and promote a certain product or brand. The key is to create a selfie campaign that isn’t hugely complicated, but fun and easy to do. Since selfie sticks make the ultimate stocking filler, surely we need some cool campaigns to capitalise on them?!

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Are you looking to manage your Smart Meter roll out as efficiently as possible?

Are you looking to manage your Smart Meter roll out as efficiently as possible?

Location has a critical role to play in your Smart Meter roll out. For example, you will want to prioritise areas which are most likely to result in a successful roll out, taking into account factors from property type and age to customer preferences and transport infrastructure. You’ll need to factor in where there are low income or vulnerable households and there will be a number of regulatory obligations that must be met. Once you have identified the priority areas you’ll need to route your engineers effectively to complete the work...

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How can Housing Associations realise strategic goals with GIS?

How can Housing Associations realise strategic goals with GIS?

There is a lot of talk about how a Geographic Intelligence System (GIS) can enable housing associations to improve tenant services, boost efficiency and streamline asset management – as well as meeting regulatory requirements.

If you’re starting out with GIS in housing or thinking about extending your use of this technology then the question has to be how easy is it to get started and ultimately how easy is it to realise your strategic goals for a successful roll out?

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Are you looking to improve your relationship with your customers?

The key to outstanding customer care for a utility is integrated information. Since so much of what matters to customers relates to location, integrated spatial information is critical – and this is where GIS is an essential technology.

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Westminster City Council plans strategically for population growth

Westminster City Council plans strategically for population growth

Faced with a significant projected increase in the number of children within its borough, Westminster City Council used GIS to help it visualise the likely future demand for school places over a 20-year period.  The insight that it gained helped it to plan strategically and locate three new schools in priority areas.  

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Global insurer manages exposure to risk more effectively

Global insurer manages exposure to risk more effectively

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Underwriting at Lloyd’s Limited (MSIG) has used GIS to create a dynamic online atlas of hundreds of potential hazards that could impact insured properties and businesses around the world. The solution gives the company’s underwriters clear insight into the locations of possible disasters, enabling them to manage exposure to risk more effectively and plan for the future with added confidence. 

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NHS demand management insight through spatial health analytics

With the election build up in full swing, the NHS is again a key ‘battleground’ for Political Party’s to debate and set pledges over.  Perhaps more importantly than the politics surrounding it, is that the NHS needs support.

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Flooding: is your housing stock at risk? Be informed, be alert and be prepared!

It’s one of those times of year when flooding is highly likely across the UK. If you are responsible for your organisation’s housing, then you will be considering whether you are able to proactively assess the risk to your properties, prioritise prevention measures and collaborate effectively with your local authority?

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Helping Local Government to publish data

The Local Government open data incentive scheme is designed to encourage councils to publish open data in a consistent format on popular themes.  Three themes are in scope from June 2014 to March 2015: planning applications, premises licenses and public toilets.

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Transforming school admissions with Digital Services

At our conference last week, Chris Sale from London Borough of Newham gave a presentation on a digital service that we have created with Newham. I'd like to give you a bit more information about it in this blog post, because it's a great example of how the principles of the Government Digital Strategy are just as relevant at the Local Government level. 

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SEE. Alan Sampson, Esri UK Training Consultant, speak at the Esri UK Annual Conference 2014.

Don’t miss Alan’s treasure hunt, X marks the spot! In this session Alan will have you competing to find famous buildings and landmarks using your smart phone and the Collector App. Alan will be monitoring your progress in real time using the operations dashboard.

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Think Location for renewable energy generation

When looking for potential sites to place a wind farm there are many factors to take into consideration. For example where are the highest wind speeds? Where are these locations in relation to public places and animal habitats? Where is the power requirement? How long will the cable need to be? Will the site be visible? Will we get planning permission?

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