We use OSM maps within our applications. By default OSM maps label a range of features such as roads, towns and cities. However, our customers often want to add their own points of interest (POIs), because they can provide useful context about the operating environment. This helps analysts to develop in-depth and accurate reporting.
POIs are specific locations that can help to add context to geospatial incident data. Although there are universal POIs, such as government buildings, religious sites, or police stations, more specific information may be missing. For example, maps may be missing information such as company residential bases, oil field rig locations or more detailed security information such as checkpoints.
Within our Information Management System (IMS) we allow you to customise your maps. You can easily add your own POIs, which are displayed as coloured icons, making it easy to reference specific structures and explore the area around them. For example, you could create and share a map showing specific incidents in relation to your areas of operation or a residential base.
In the image below, we have added a medical site, a checkpoint and a few embassies as points of interest to a map of Baghdad.
You can interrogate points of interest and see further information on the map.
You can also click on individual incidents near to points of interest to view more details as shown in the image below where we also added checkpoints.
The ability to add this kind of information means that analysts can create visualizations personalised to the company’s interests, which can be used in risk reports and presentations.