Knowing exactly where your organisation’s physical assets are located might seem easy if you own a few offices or factories, but if your workforce has wheels, keeping track of valuable assets becomes a much greater challenge.
Exactrak supports over 90 local authority customers whose gritting lorries, road sweepers and refuse collection trucks roam the streets. Working closely with Astun technology they recently upgraded their existing web-based system which now promises the potential for greater vehicle cost savings. The system uses OS MasterMap Integrated Transport Network(ITN) Layer together with OS MasterMap Topography Layer and OS OpenData products including Strategi and Meridian 2.
OS MasterMap ITN Layer allows Exactrak customers to create optimised navigation routes for local authority vehicles which are more than just the fastest route from ‘A’ to ‘B’. They include vital detail such as widths of roads, speed restrictions and vehicle weight and height restrictions enabling the most appropriate route to suit the vehicle and the service it delivers.
The maps themselves are licensed to local authorities through membership of the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA), which allows public sector organisations to use our mapping products to support the provision of public services.
When someone goes missing, many people and organisations get involved in the search and thanks to the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA), Ordnance Survey data is included in the tools the search agencies have at their disposal.
Lowland Search dogs (LSdogs) is a non-profit, voluntary organisation founded in 2002. It overseas the standards and testing for dogs used to search for missing persons in lowland areas of the UK and assists the police and other agencies involved in search and rescue operations. A dog can search an area of 50 – 80 acres with a high probability of detecting the whereabouts of the missing person within an hour to an hour and a half, so they can be a vital and useful member of any search team.
Like many densely populated urban areas, Hull is a city not without its challenges. Over ten years ago it was singled out as having one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the UK.
Hull City Council has now turned this around and thanks to work with Hull primary care trust (PCT) and a range of school, street and drop-in centre initiatives. The rate of teenage pregnancy is now significantly below the national average, with an estimated saving of £8 million. A targeted approach, supported by Ordnance Survey mapping products which helped to visualise the problem areas, has delivered significant improvements.
‘Hull spends £800 000 a year on the programme but saves more than £8 million by reducing teenage pregnancies and preventing children from going into care… Mapping is critical to the process, not only to ensure that contraception services are located in the right place but also to help communicate complex data to different audiences and to provide evidence that the strategy is effective. “
Gail Teasdale, Integrated Services Manager, Children and Young People’s Services, Hull City Council.
Last month saw Ordnance Survey exhibiting at Fraud and Error 2012, discussing how organisations and public sector groups can reduce the impact of fraud on the economy, through better use of location information.
The public sector team at Ordnance Survey are promoting a smarter approach to fraud and prevention through improved data sharing capabilities and enhanced data analysis using geography. Currently the team are working in close partnership with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
They aim to help the government reduce this significant cost; by providing the expertise and to demonstrate how Ordnance Survey products, particularly AddressBase and OS MasterMap Topography Layer can support a range of organisations to help them deal more efficiently with this challenge.
Fast fraud facts
- Government figures estimate fraud will cost the UK economy £73 billion during 2012
- Public sector fraud is estimated to cost £21 billion in 2012
- Individuals (you and me) will lose £6.1 billion due to fraudulent sales and identity theft
- 3 pence of every pound spent by government goes to people who shouldn’t have it
Making geographic information accessible and useful to the public is a key goal for Ordnance Survey and it’s great when examples of our Public Sector Mapping (PSMA) datasets are used in something that’s easy to explain.
Surrey Heath Borough Council is using interactive maps for the public consultation stage of a major development, the Camberley Town Centre Area Action Plan. The maps built into Council’s website enable citizens to go online, view maps, aerial photography, download details of the proposed development and leave comments. This facility is enabled through Astun Technology’s iShare data integration and publishing platform and more specifically its ‘Logger’ module
This month, we’re celebrating the first year anniversary of the launch of the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA). The ground-breaking 10 year agreement between government and Ordnance Survey came into effect last April and allows the majority of public sector bodies in England and Wales, regardless of size, to use centrally funded geographic datasets.
Twelve months on from the launch, 2,198 organisations from town, parish and community councils to central government organisations, have joined as members of the agreement and have identified savings of more than £16 million through the use of PSMA data.
During October 2011 we held eight Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) member conferences across England and Wales. This gave us the chance to engage with our PSMA members and gave them the opportunity to find out more about how they can benefit from the agreement.
Over 425 members attended the eight events and feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many commenting that it was an ideal platform to share best practice and discuss lessons learnt – and they’re looking forward to future events.