Following the publication of the UK Geospatial Strategy in 2020, public sector organisations across the country are developing and deploying location-enabled applications, with many of them working with CGI to improve analysis and drive better decisions to support location service delivery across managing the environment, improving transport networks and defending our borders.

Open refers to enabling Open data, which takes advantage of Open Standards and Open Architectures, which are critical to successfully deliver location-based services. Open enables the public sector to move faster and be more responsive to changing needs and creates opportunities for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors. Open is the key to unlock “the power of where” and allows data to be accessed and reused by multiple stakeholders from multiple sources, including location and it’s this location intelligence that allows for better decisions and outcomes to be achieved.

The Open approach offers the public sector the ability to respond with speed, cost effectiveness, and flexibility and addresses the issue of “siloisation”, as Open allows multiple silos to be joined up, making it easier for information to be shared between applications, which in turn allows organisations to create Location Intelligence.

To find out more about taking an Open approach for enabling location-enabled applications and delivering better public services, the white paper explores a handful of the many public bodies that are now deploying location services, enabled by the Open approach and organisations CGI has worked with such as the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to deliver Open technology to unlock the “power of where”.

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