Housing Technology interviews experts on geographic information systems (GIS) about how housing providers can use GIS to improve business performance, save money and boost tenant services.
Luke Stewart, Ancoris Geo Practice Manager, explains how integrating GIS and mapping with housing providers' core applications is essential. For example, visualising rent arrears from a housing management system and anti-social behavioural patterns from a CRM, combined with demographic data, can give real insights into an area.
The good news is that the new generation of 'business mapping' applications are easy-to-use mapping, visualisation and analysis application that are available to everyone and don't require specialised training. These tools provide the same high level of insight as traditional GIS, but are much simpler to use and better able to expose, distribute and visualise geographic information.