Sometimes people who work together, but come from diverse industry backgrounds, prefer different geographic coordinate systems. This can make it hard to generate and use a geotagging system that is universally understood (or liked).
For example, within the oil and gas industry, Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) is often used as the coordinate system of choice. However, the security industry prefers to use Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) and everyone else tends to use latitude and longitude.
While this is not problematic most of the time, it can become challenging when trying to use or produce georeferenced data. This is where converters can greatly help.
We developed converters that work on the back-end of our applications so that data can be uploaded in UTM, MGRS or latitude and longitude.
We’ve found this particularly useful for our Information Management System (IMS) where multiple data sources, often using different coordinate systems, need to be uploaded and viewed easily.
The look-up tables on the backend of our IMS allow users to plot MGRS, UTM and latitude and longitude data as if it were all in the same format, by linking and comparing equivalent values. This means data is directly comparable, so users can easily analyse information and identify any duplicate events across their data sources, even though they come into the system in different coordinate formats. People using the application can then choose whichever coordinate system they prefer to work in.
Having a uniform data format is especially important for security managers and operators as it allows for quick understanding, comparison and analysis of vital (and often time-sensitive) security data.
If you want to find out more about how our systems use and convert coordinates then drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.