Hon Terry Redman MLA — World-leading mapping technology delivers benefits to State

Hon Terry Redman MLA — World-leading mapping technology delivers benefits to State

27A world-leading sophisticated online mapping service, which harnesses the power of Google maps engine technology, will be launched tonight by Lands Minister Terry Redman.

The first initiative from the State Government’s $23million Location Information Strategy is being led by Landgate and will improve the way location information is collected, used and managed.

Mr Redman said the Shared Location Information Platform (SLIP) service would help government, business and industry to make better informed decisions regarding infrastructure planning, investment and the delivery of services.

“SLIP is an extensive collection of location-based data and maps maintained by Western Australian public agencies and their partners across the private and research sectors using some of the most innovative technology available in the world today,” he said.

“Based on the Google Maps Engine, SLIP enables the public or a registered customer to access this information easily and securely through Google Maps and Earth, or the data can be downloaded and used in other services such as Geographical Information Systems via desktop and mobile applications.

“The use of SLIP is now being expanded across the public and business sectors and provides a common operating picture, which can be shared across a whole organisation, significantly reducing the costs to business of having to capture the same information from various sources.”

The launch of SLIP follows the release of its first product, ‘Locate’, in October 2013, which uses Google Earth technology. Since its release, Locate has been accessed more than three million times and provides the general public with location information about the State not previously available from a single online mapping platform.

“The more sophisticated location information data we have at our fingertips, the more we can plan, manage risks and effectively allocate resources to ensure we attract investment and improve the services government delivers to the people of Western Australia,” the Minister said.

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