The GIS Platform was launched during a two day conference hosted by Transport Malta.
What is the GIS Platform?
GIS stands for Geographical Information Systems. In layman terms it is basically information related to geographical locations. Google Maps can be considered one such GIS. It contains data about roads, points of interest, routes and much more.
Now the GIS Platform that was launched is a bit like Google Maps but it has technical data that can be used by entities like Transport Malta to streamline and greatly improve the decision making process.
What does this really mean?
Road Building and Management.
One application for this tool will be road management with all its various branches. Transport Malta will input within the database which roads have been recently resurfaced. They can then monitor when the next resurfacing is due. This is not merely restricted to tarmac but also to road signs, pavements and other assets.
Another example is traffic management. What amount of traffic can the roads take? Which roads are the taxis using? Where are the cargo trucks passing through?
What about road works and road closures? This system will eventually help all parties involved know exactly what, where and when anything is happening.
What is more, the public will also have access to lot of the data provided by this platform. The public can check where the bus stops are, numerous points of interest and data about ferry services to start with.
This tool has been launched and lots of data has already been inputted. Transport Malta is now embarking on a process to help maximise the use of this tool across all Transport Malta directorates.