Powerful Software of Croatian Company Reveals Coronavirus Location

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 8th of March, 2020, Boran and Andrej Loncaric and Ivica Skender from GDi, a Croatian company with thirty valuable years of experience, work in the field of modern geoinformatics solutions.

As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the world with an apparent ease, it is most visible for people interested in tracking where the virus has penetrated on so-called online ”dashboards”, of which there are currently several.

One of the most relevant dashboards in terms of data sources is that of the Johns Hopkins University, where the coronavirus location data is updated as soon as it is released by official bodies of the state or by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This simple and transparent display is for general public information and easy access, but above all, it is a useful tool for high-level decision makers and for the introduction and implementation of various measures to attempt to curb the virus and its spread around the globe. According to a report from Vecernji list, as dramatic as it may sound, life in the age of coronavirus is actually a life in crisis.

According to Andrej Loncaric, board member of the Croatian company GDi, otherwise a leading Central European company in the field of geoinformation solutions, tracking coronavirus’ location is extremely important for crisis management because 85 percent of all information has its location component. He explains it in further detail with the very relevant example of coronavirus.

”In this case, we’re interested in where hospitals, quarantines, people who’ve placed themselves in self-isolation, where there are ill people, whether or not they’re at home, where they work, where they live… It’s important to know where the critical infrastructure is, or where the roads and places of public gatherings are,” Loncaric points out and continues:

”In order to get the right tool, we separate all this information into layers and then stack it up like a sandwich. When we connect and integrate the information, we get information solutions, and that’s exactly what we do. If we don’t have the spatial components, then we’re losing a lot of information and therefore we don’t really have the right picture, and most importantly, a proper insight into the situation,” he says.

”ArcGIS software, or the software platform, integrates resources and databases, either locally or online. Many solutions are implemented from the cloud,” explains Loncaric.

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