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London, July 24, 2002. Gain practical advice on how to set-up real time Internet based and mobile Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at The Solutions Centre. The Solutions Centre will provide interactive workshops on the use of GIS to locate & map crime incidents, set up a real-time internet based GIS suitable for location-based services and locate, report & deal with network faults. GeoSolutions 2002, incorporating the AGI 2002 Conference, GIS 2002 and the GeoSolutions Forums, will be held at Earls Court 2 (South Hall) on 17-19 September 2002.

Independent GIS experts will present each of the workshop sessions. The formal and informal drop-in sessions are designed to give visitors step-by-step instruction as to how to produce a practical GI solution using industry-standard software. The workshops include:

Crime mapping, locating and mapping of emergency incident hot spots:

This workshop will discuss the latest developments in the use of GIS to detect crime hot spots by police services. The workshop will use a GIS to locate and map crime incidents in local administrative areas. The thematic maps are used to reveal patterns and incident hot spots. The approach could be applicable to a wider field than crime pattern analysis, for example other incident mapping scenarios such as accident and disease occurrence.

Network fault tracing, locating, reporting and dealing with network faults via a call-centre:

This workshop will explore, through a hands-on case study, the methods used in network fault tracing using a GIS. Incident reporting to a call-centre is used to locate the likely source of a network failure, the dispatch of a maintenance team and the communication of possible loss of service information.

Location-based GIS setting up a real-time, Internet-based GIS suitable for location-based services:

This workshop will describe the latest developments and new solutions for setting up an Internet-based GIS that conforms to the latest OpenGIS Consortium standards. Such a system is suitable for applications that require real-time update and Internet access using mobile devices such as telephones and PDA's.

This year's Solutions Centre will provide an independent, friendly and informative facility for delegates to get hands-on experience in both formal workshops and informal 'drop-in sessions'¨ commented Dr Munir Morad, Course Director for GIS Degree Programmes at Kingston University. The workshops are designed to allow delegates to follow, step-by-step, the details of producing a practical GIS application using industry-standard software presented by independent GIS experts.

Other educational programmes and information sources at GeoSolutions 2002 include:

Over 100 exhibitors who will be either launching &/or demonstrating their latest products and services available within the market place.

The Consultancy Centre - consultants with experience across many industry sectors will be on hand to offer free consultation and guidance.

RICS Geomatics Workshops will provide an insight into:

Practical applications and professional necessities of industry standard specifications in the areas of GPS, aerial photography, mapping and survey contracts, and

- Basic geodesy, survey techniques, accuracy/precision and fitness for purpose of data.

- Geomatics Advice and Information Service provided by RICS - an opportunity to meet with experts from RICS and obtain free advice on the benefits of using GI in surveying.

- Space 'Working for a Safer Earth' - visitors can attend seminars or chat to an expert to find out more about how space and airborne technology can benefit their business.

- Practical public sector advice - find out how GI can deliver benefits to both central and local
government through the Information House National Projects and GI for Joined-up Government Zones.

For more information about GeoSolutions 2002 or to register for free entry into the event, please visit

Notes to Editor

About GeoSolutions 2002

GeoSolutions 2002 will take place 17-19th September 2002 at Earls Court 2, London. GIS 2001 in
association with the AGI Conference featured over 100 exhibitors and had 4,187 attendees (ABC Audited) at Earls Court 2. For more information please visit

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