T-Kartor developed and maintains the world’s largest City Wayfinding systems (Legible London, WalkNYC and Toronto TO360) through a data-driven, core GIS (what is a GIS?) . This setup is also ideal for smaller cities such as Birmingham (UK) or Cleveland (Ohio). Here are six reasons why:
By saving the City Wayfinding basemap in a GIS database there is no limit to its size, now or in the future.
Creating different versions of the same basemap, with varying map designs for public transport, tourist information, shopping and sporting events would require four separate files, kept in sync to reflect changes on the street. The GIS stores only one version of each feature and applies the relevant style as each map is produced.
Storing all map objects in a GIS allows the separation of content and style. Map content can then be checked and maintained constantly, ensuring accuracy and consistency of the basemap across all map information products.
Maps generated from a GIS are very easy to track by saving map frames within the system. We can then track creation date, customer ID, order number, operator; even the content of each map at the time it was produced.
T-Kartor’s City Wayfinding platform has been developed and enhanced over many years. Our GIS based tools for automating map outputs enable lower costs and higher volumes of wayfinding products.
A GIS-based system can be adapted to future digital services which are difficult to plan from the outset. This can include a WMTS (Web Map Tile Service), Integrated RTI (Real Time Information) data, new data layers such as cycle or accessibility infrastructure.
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