Farallon Geographics Builds Property Review Application for Town of Danville

August 26, 2009 -- Farallon Geographics recently completed the design and deployment of a new web-based property review application for the Town of Danville. The new high-performance map-based interface makes it quick and easy for authorized Town staff to query and display property ownership, taxation, and jurisdiction information.

Previously, the Town of Danville had been using a 10-yr old GIS with a proprietary design and data structure that could only integrate with legacy APIs. Existing property review and property notification applications built on this GIS were not scalable and could not be integrated with modern mapping services or other Town data systems such as permitting and document management. These technical limitations prevented the Town from fully leveraging its GIS investment.

Farallon first upgraded the legacy GIS database to Oracle 10g Express and transferred all existing data. The GIS data is now in a standards-compliant database that allows a variety of software to integrate, including Open Source applications.

Using Farallon's flexible and cost effective framework along with the new database, Farallon designed and deployed a web-based property review application with a simple, easy to use interface. The application is compliant with open standards and uses Open Source technologies including GeoServer and Open Layers. It utilizes Google Maps imagery for base map data. It can be expanded to add functionalities such as property notification, permit management and business licensing. The user interface can easily integrate with proprietary GIS technology such as ESRI.

By improving access to critical information, Farallon and the Town have dramatically improved the ability of personnel to respond to citizens’ requests for information and guidance while increasing efficiency and reducing costs.

About Farallon Geographics
Farallon Geographics ( www.fargeo.com), based in San Francisco, is a leader in the planning, implementation, and integration of GIS systems and software to support mission critical business functions. As systems integrators focused on geographical data, Farallon provides unique and unbiased strategic and technical implementation services for enterprise-scale GIS.

Review Article
  • Proprietary? August 28, 2009
    Reviewed by 'Kevin Daugherty'
    Interesting that they build on Oracle Spatial and use Google Earth, but make a point to declare ESRI a proprietary system. Commercial products and services from any company have intellectual property rights, but it does not mean they are closed systems. The article is more biased marketing than GIS news.

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