Every day on the news, you can find stories about preventable accidents happening due to the lack of information about the location of underground utilities. While there are often plans, maps, and diagrams of the underground infrastructure, they are hidden in file drawers, on floppy disks, or lost completely by decay. It is time to bring those maps out of the back office and into the sunlight.
While smart mapping, geospatial, and GIS are evolving quickly, most of the market is focused on large enterprise systems that require big ongoing teams and budgets. The smaller, local needs are largely ignored until now. Startups are leveraging open source geospatial tools to build complete solutions that are affordable to all sizes of organizations and budgets. Without the need for GIS Professionals, geospatial data and analytics can be utilized to solve complex problems and the results are transformational.
A Startup with a Big Idea
UVARA is a solution-focused on supporting the facility, construction, and infrastructure manager. It is designed to support everyday management needs, long-term planning and budgeting, and advert disasters. Finding out about underground utility lines or pipes because you dig them up, can cost millions of dollars. Just ask UCLA. It can stop a construction project, double costs, and lead to wasted time and money. UVARA brings the invisible out of the back office and onto your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. No matter where you are, you can access your data and make critical decisions.
What you cannot see can cost you a lot of money. Just ask UCLA !
The total solution includes data cataloging, automation, translation, configuration, and aerial drone mapping. They pull all your information together, field verify it and deliver it to you in a secure and easily accessible application. Managed in a secure cloud environment, it handles the backend security and updates. You will always have the latest capabilities and dependable support when you need it.
Solutions with a Geospatial Focus
As GIS systems become too expensive and out-of-data, new solutions built on open source technology are emerging with a focus on providing an end-to-end capability to solve big problems. This is great news for the industries and markets long ignored by GIS vendors. Customers don’t have to have a GIS “platform” to use these applications, freeing up resources for other investments.
UVARA is one example of a company identifying a problem and solving it with a geocentric approach. Able to view the problem with user-centric focus, the application supports all types of data in a variety of formats taking the focus off of the source data and onto results. No facility or construction project should ever be taken blindly. The risk is too high. Now you don’t have to because of the power of geospatial technology and smart solutions are affordable and easy-to-use.