GEOENVIRON WEB SOLUTIONS
GeoEnviron Web is the name given to the web browser based solutions for sharing the data stored in the GeoEnviron database on either the Intranet or the Internet. Being web browser based means that GeoEnviron Web solutions are extremely easy to use. They offer a flexible and cost effective way of giving controlled access to the information in the database to an unlimited number of people.
The Government’s ‘e-vision’ for the public sector requires that local authorities deliver the major part of their services electronically by 2005. It acknowledges that the ability of the public sector to deliver high quality services depends upon the effective use and sharing of knowledge and information.
In terms of information sharing, this means that data held within Environmental Health Departments should be accessible to local authority Officers as well as to external agencies (i.e. Environment Agency) and the interested public (residents, surveyors, etc).
Many local authorities are already using intranets and the internet to share information as well as to market their services. However few have gone so far as to web-enable the environmental information they hold.
A good example is the GeoEnviron Web solution for contaminated land module, which allows the user to view information on the location of contaminated sites via a simple address based search.
The solution also allows the user to carry out a radius search around a specific address to find out if there are contaminated sites within a specified distance from the address. The locations of the sites and other relevant details can then be displayed on a map. All this information can be printed out directly or exported from the browser to Microsoft Word.
This solution can be used by planners (via an intranet) to quickly ascertain whether it is likely that a planning application for a housing development should be referred to the Environmental Health Department.
Environmental issues are increasingly being considered as part of the routine conveyancing process. GeoEnviron Web can be set up on the internet so that these searches can be carried out on-line. The website can be made secure so that users of the service can pay for the information on line.
Features and Benefits
- helps improve service delivery
- saves on time Officers spend responding to information requests
- helps meet targets for e-government
- improves communication between local authority departments
- helps ensure you comply with freedom of information regulations
- Operating System - GeoEnviron supports Microsoft Windows (Vista, XP, 2000, NT, 95/98) and Novell NetWare version 4.1 operating systems.
- CPU - a Pentium or similar is recommended on both server and client machines.
Memory - a minimum of 256MB is recommended on the server. A minimum of 128MB is recommended on a client PC.
- Hard Disk – approximately 500MB of hard disk space is required for the entire system. The database as well as GeoEnviron’s program files are placed centrally on the server in the case of a client/server installation.
- Back up - the system is installed with a back up procedure that can be called from an existing back up procedure.
- System Recovery - the database is capable of automatic roll back meaning only unsaved transactions will be lost in the event of system failure.
- Database Connectivity - utilises Open Database Connectivity for ASA. Native Driver is used for MS SQL server.