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From trough to table: mapping the food chain saves lives

Tracking produce prevents the spread of disease and tackles food fraud

Nearly half of global manufacturers say they don’t have any visibility past their direct suppliers – in other words, they don’t know what is happening in their supply chain. While they may audit first tier suppliers, they usually cannot see beyond them to their suppliers’ suppliers.

In the food industry, a meat packaging plant buys meat from a supplier, which in turn buys beef from multiple farms in an area. The packaging plant keeps records on its supplier, but does it know the cleanliness ratings and health history of those farms?

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Student Competition!!

NOVA GIS Students!

Please consider submitting a project to this competition.  Our students have been very successful in competitions!

2015 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

Win a trip to the GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015 Conference!

The GeoTech Center and URISA are pleased to announce the 2015 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition! The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of U.S. undergraduate students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem. The student will then present the project and the resulting deliverables as a video (approximately 10-15 minutes in length) which not only highlights their use of geospatial technology, but also demonstrates their communication and presentation skills. As Rodney Jackson, Dean of Business, Engineering & Technical Studies at Davidson County Community College states: “The ability to provide a competition for students to demonstrate their geospatial competency to industry partners, within the context of a national conference, has significant value within their educational experience.” More details to follow in the coming months; updates will be posted to the competition website.

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Hospital Using GIS

Ipswich Hospital tackling growing A&E demand using data mapping tool

Trust analysing reasons behind A&E visits, travel modes, demand levels and average waits within specific timeframes

 Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust (IHT) is trialling a data mapping tool to predict accident and emergency (A&E) admissions so it can bring in extra staff for certain times and days of the week.

Thanks to data mapping software from US geographic information system (GIS) software firm Esri UK, the trust can analyse the type and level of demand for its A&E unit and pinpoint hotspots for certain diseases and admission methods.  The platform allows the hospital to understand the reasons behind visits to its A&E department and the level of demand by cases, average waiting time or mode of travel. It can then analyse these figures over specific timeframes.

IHT believes the software will help it to improve resourcing processes, for example allocating more staff for busy times, thus reducing pressure on resources. It hopes pinpointing areas for intervention in this way will save money while maintaining performance and clinical standards.

The tool, which is hosted on IHT’s on-site data centre, combines location, clinical and financial data analysis and feeds into long-term financial modelling. The front end appears as a ‘management insight dashboard’, Esri UK explained.

The software allows the hospital to try out ‘what if’ scenarios and move to a more sophisticated way of visualising and reporting data to the board, according to finance and performance director Paul Scott.

The R&D project, which started in spring 2014, “has demonstrated the huge potential of looking at demand from a population rather than individual attendance basis”, Scott said.

He also claimed that the initiative is the “first of its kind in the UK”. IHT thinks the Esri UK tool could put it ahead of other NHS trusts in terms of innovative uses of IT in healthcare provision.

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