Tuesday 1 December, 2020

WATCH: Digicel celebrates GIS Day

Members of Digicel's GIS team in Jamaica pose for a group photo in celebration of GIS Day.

Members of Digicel's GIS team in Jamaica pose for a group photo in celebration of GIS Day.

Communications leader Digicel Group commemorates International GIS Day on Wednesday, celebrating innovative applications of geographic information system (GIS) technology in analysis, visualization, gaining insights into geospatial data, and thought leadership in the field of telecommunications.

Digicel recently relaunched as a Digital Operator and GIS technology played a key role in this new frontier. Through the use of geospatial data and mapping, the company has been able to install intricate fibre networks, providing world-class LTE service to its over 13 million customers across 32 markets. As demand for connectivity grows, GIS technology will be instrumental to determining where the greatest need for its services lie and capacity management planning.

GIS Day was first observed in 1999. Since then, the explosion of geospatial technology has expanded that idea into a global event that shows how geography and the real-world applications of GIS are making a difference in business, government and society. It's a chance for organisations to share their accomplishments and inspire others to discover and use GIS.

“Our GIS teams are truly best in class and their prowess in using Geospatial technology to help navigate our expansion as a Digital Operator is invaluable. We are proud to celebrate their successes and look forward to witnessing how they will use this science to guide our path into the future,” said Tarik Dixon, Head of GIS Networks & Design Operations, Digicel Group.

This November, Digicel will join hundreds of organisations worldwide in hosting virtual gatherings that will celebrate the impactful work of GIS professionals and serve to ignite the imagination of the future innovators who will further advance global progress using GIS.

The company will be participating in the 18th Annual National GIS Day Exposition – hosted by the Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change (MHURECC) through the National Spatial Data Management Branch (NSDMB) and Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ). At the exposition, Digicel will highlight how the company uses GIS to connect the unconnected and assist with Disaster recovery.

"GIS Day is a wonderful opportunity for professionals from around the world to get together to share the amazing things they are doing," said Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), the global market leader in GIS.

 "This year, more than ever before, the work of GIS has helped the world better understand and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Organisations across the globe are taking part in grassroots events that help celebrate geospatial science and how it impacts the real world for good. Our users should be proud of the work they do, which GIS Day is meant to showcase," Dangermond added.

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