Brindisi skyline

Location Intelligence | Pitney Bowes

Community of Brindisi

Community of Brindisi modernizes mapping to preserve millennia-old architecture.

Client profile

  • Italian port city of nearly 90,000 residents located on the Adriatic Sea
  • An important trade center since it was part of Ancient Greece, before the Roman conquest of 267 BC
  • Known for rich architecture dating as far back as Roman times
  • Modern city leaders prioritize architectural heritage, environmental issues and hydrology concerns

Business goals

  • Improve service to residents and city contractors by accelerating performance of mapping software.
  • Improve timeliness of map updates by enabling city staff to make changes autonomously.
  • Extend mapping capabilities for users throughout the municipality.

Benefits

  • 80%–90% faster map performance
  • More frequently updated maps, as employees throughout the city can edit maps themselves
  • Map updates available within 1 minute
  • 20%–25% less staff time spent on mapping

Technologies Used

Spectrum Spatial Analyst – Web GIS Application

Spectrum Spatial Analyst from Pitney Bowes is an advanced, out of the box web mapping and GIS application that provides easy access to crucial spatial data via a browser or mobile device.

Learn more

MapInfo® Pro

Award-winning desktop mapping and spatial analytics software, carefully crafted and enhanced in collaboration with users like you.

Learn more

Overview

Founded as an Ancient Greek settlement, Brindisi has a long and storied history. Preserving the architecture of millennia is a key concern for modern government officials. The city’s proximity to the Adriatic Sea makes hydrology and environmental issues crucial as well.

For years, Brindisi has used mapping technology to display information about environmental protections, zoning and permitting restrictions, and similar characteristics of individual properties. When it needed an upgrade, the city deployed a solution from Pitney Bowes that provides 80 to 90 percent faster performance, while dramatically improving the maps’ user-friendliness and significantly reducing staff time dedicated to mapping.

Business challenge

A port city located in southern Italy’s Apulia region, Brindisi has played an important role in European trade and culture for millennia. Today, the community continues to serve as a pioneer of environmental preservation techniques. “Brindisi is a small city, but there are a number of issues that we have to deal with around environmental protection, landscaping and hydrology,” says Teodoro Indini, architectural official with the community of Brindisi.

The city has long used mapping software to understand these issues. Community members and city employees access an online Web GIS application to answer zoning questions, visualize boundaries of environmentally protected areas, and determine landscaping and permitting restrictions on specific properties.

Previously, the Web GIS solution was built on MapXtreme® from Pitney Bowes. The solution displayed the information Brindisi needed, but the city wanted a more modern solution. Brindisi decided to upgrade to Pitney Bowes Spectrum® Spatial Analyst (SSA) and the new release of MapInfo® Pro Advanced.

“We’ve heard, from both Brindisi residents and the city contractors who use our mapping services, that they are very pleased with the new Pitney Bowes solution.” Teodoro Indini
Architectural Official
Community of Brindisi

     

Solution

The city worked with Pitney Bowes partner Geo Marketing to deploy and configure the solution. Now, SSA collects both internal data and regional information from external sources that have been properly certified. MapInfo Pro builds maps based on this data. A total of 128 layers can be visible at the same time on the same map, which enables Brindisi’s users to create maps to serve a wide variety of needs.

As an example, one group of layers reflects building restrictions. “Among many other factors, it shows which properties have a stream nearby and where structures cannot exceed a certain height because of their proximity to the airport,” Indini explains.

Brindisi provides different levels of access to the mapping information. Some data is available to the general public (see it at brindisiwebgis.it), some to internal employees only, and some to city contractors such as architects, engineers and geologists.

“Through MapInfo, users can query our SSA database to learn who owns a particular property, what can be built there, and applicable standards or laws that apply,” Indini says. “Users can attach a printout of this information to building-permit applications.” They can also save and then digitally annotate their personalized versions of the maps.

“Pitney Bowes has always treated our community with great professionalism, seriousness and respect. We have an excellent working relationship.” Teodoro Indini
Architectural Official
Community of Brindisi

          

Benefits

Feedback from users has been overwhelmingly positive. “We’ve heard, from both Brindisi residents and the city contractors who use our mapping services, that they are very pleased with the new Pitney Bowes solution,” Indini reports. That’s partly because performance of the system is much faster. “It’s 80 to 90 percent faster than our legacy system,” he says.

The solution’s user-friendly interface enables employees throughout the city to update maps themselves. “The person who is actually working on the problem can determine how it will be displayed,” Indini says. “And updates go out much faster. As an example, I drew a gas pipeline on a map in SSA, and it was available to all our map users within one minute.”

This means residents, employees and contractors are accessing up-to-date maps. At the same time, the new solution has reduced by 20 to 25 percent the amount of time Indini’s team spends on mapping. Indini is thrilled with the solution and with the Pitney Bowes partnership that helped his team bring it to fruition.

“Pitney Bowes has always treated our community with great professionalism, seriousness and respect,” Indini says. “The people who work for Pitney Bowes are very responsive. We have an excellent working relationship.”

You may also like

Covéa

Covéa anticipates and reduces its risk exposure with Spectrum Spatial Analyst.

Read more

Primedia Outdoor

Primedia Outdoor uses Location Intelligence solutions to help clients visualize marketing plans.

Read more