Stevenage Borough Council and East Herts District Council ICT Partnership move to Cadcorp corporate GIS in the cloud


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Cadcorp cloud hosted web mapping service supports Councils’ ICT Partner Strategy

Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) and East Herts District Council (EHDC) ICT Partnership has appointed Geographic Information System (GIS) software and services company, Cadcorp, to provide cloud hosted GIS and web mapping. Procurement was undertaken using the G-Cloud 12 framework and includes Cadcorp SIS WebMap and Cadcorp Spatial Database cloud hosted services.

At the heart of the Councils’ joint ICT strategy, is an Enterprise Architecture to standardise and consolidate software applications to achieve cost savings, simplify support and aid cross organisational working. Its objective is to accelerate self-service digital delivery for their customers and provide opportunities for a more agile, flexible, and mobile workforce. Cloud computing is being adopted to increase agility and reduce long-term ICT costs.

SIS WebMap is an advanced yet easy-to-use intranet and internet web mapping application that will bring together GIS data from both authorities into a secure web environment. The cloud hosted web mapping service was selected for its capacity to allow users from both SBC and EHDC to access web mapping via a browser. IT administrators will be able to use the SIS WebMap Admin browser-based interface to define multiple web maps for each local authority, with different data and functionality enabled as required.

An Edit facility will be available for internal users to create and maintain spatial data and the constraints tool, Cadcorp FindIT, will be used for streamlining spatial searches across both councils.

SBC and EHDC also required a solution that would provide a single centralised location for the storage of spatial data. To meet this requirement, the Cadcorp Spatial Database Service, including a hosted PostgreSQL database with the PostGIS extension was selected. The database is hosted and managed by Cadcorp on a secure cloud platform. Cadcorp SIS ETL manages and controls the flow of data between files, databases, and servers and will streamline spatial data management, providing synchronised data for the cloud data service. The Cadcorp Ordnance Survey® MasterMap Topographic Vector Service will provide quick and easy access to the latest Ordnance Survey MasterMap Topography Layer. Cadcorp will manage both the software and map updates as part of the service.

Stephen Munyard, Information Systems Manager, Stevenage Borough Council and East Herts District Council ICT Partnership commented: “The Stevenage Borough Council and East Herts District Council ICT Partnership places a strong emphasis on providing choice in the way people access information on our services. The Cadcorp hosted web mapping service will provide that choice, addressing individuals' circumstances and preferences, while supporting prompt and effective responses to requests.”

GIS technology in the cloud can bring a significant number of benefits to local authorities and other public sector organisations. It has the potential to reduce both the overall cost of ownership and the administration overhead of keeping software and data up to date. Cadcorp is an approved GIS supplier on G-Cloud. Further details about Cadcorp cloud services are available here:

About Stevenage Borough Council

Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) is the local authority for the town of Stevenage, in Hertfordshire. Located approximately 28 miles from London, it was designated as the UK’s first New Town in 1946, to provide much-needed housing as part of the country’s ambitious post-war reconstruction process and achieved a number of notable firsts including the country’s first pedestrianised town centre and further innovations in its approach to layout, green spaces and other local facilities.

The council provides services, support and information to 87,700 residents on all areas of housing, benefits, waste, recycling, business, leisure, planning and regeneration. It consists of 39 elected members, representing thirteen electoral wards; each with three elected councillors. The council is currently controlled by the Labour Party, who hold 21 of the 39 seats. The Leader of the Labour Group and the council is Councillor Sharon Taylor.

About East Herts District Council

The District of East Hertfordshire has a population of approximately 144,000 and covers about 480 square miles on the eastern side of Hertfordshire.

The District has Broxbourne to the south, Welwyn and Hatfield and Stevenage to the west and North Hertfordshire as its northern boundary. To the east, the district borders on the county of Essex.

The main centres of population are Hertford, Ware, Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Buntingford. Between these main centres much of the area is open countryside, with rural communities of various sizes.

The vision of the Council is to provide East Hertfordshire residents and businesses with a future that is prosperous and sustainable. In order to achieve this, a number of strategic objectives have been developed, which allow the Council in conjunction with its many partners to focus on the key issues that concern the residents of East Hertfordshire.

About Cadcorp

Cadcorp is a British software development company focused on geographic information system (GIS) and web mapping software. It offers a complete suite of products - the Cadcorp Spatial Information System® (Cadcorp SIS®) - addressing all phases of spatial information management. Cadcorp SIS® is available worldwide through a network of Cadcorp partners and via a direct sales team in the UK, Cadcorp is an approved GIS supplier on G-Cloud.

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