PR – ESRI (UK), the market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solutions, has won a contract to supply its LocatorHub software to Nottingham City Council.
LocatorHub is a user-friendly gazetteering framework that allows organisations to manage their address data centrally. Using in-built business logic, LocatorHub can search any gazetteer dataset including OS AddressPoint or the National Land and Property Gazetteer, ensuring results of the search are the most up-to-date available without duplication.
The Council was looking to enhance and complement its existing gazetteering tools to query multiple address files and spatial data, and to create a web service for citizens. Local councils have historically accumulated many disparate address-related data sets, making it extremely difficult to achieve a single view of public information and council services based upon a specific location, for example a citizen’s home or workplace, a ward or neighbourhood, or a road.
Mick Dunn, Nottingham City Council Corporate GIS Manager, said: “LocatorHub will integrate into our current suite of ESRI (UK) applications. The key benefit is being able to search across more than one gazetteer simultaneously, including non-address datasets.
“We will be able to search for area-based names, localities, council wards, facilities and features. The wide range of uses includes the education department plotting distances to schools and the environment department tracking incidents of graffiti. Members of the public will also use it when they log on to our Nomad service.”
Nomad is Nottingham City Council’s interactive map website. Users can zoom in and out across the city, add information to the map, view details about the city and find facilities, such as the nearest schools.
Richard Waite, Managing Director, ESRI (UK) Ltd, said: “Nottingham City Council’s use of LocatorHub will place it at the forefront of local councils using GIS to enhance citizen services. Our relationship with the Council goes back more than ten years. We have worked with them as they have developed their services and are pleased that LocatorHub will help them with this next venture.”
LocatorHub integrates seamlessly with an organisation’s existing technology systems and multiple datasets in an easy-to-use, single user interface, while being scalable so that users, from a small number to thousands can benefit from using the framework.