SIGGIS joins the NRB group

Henri Van Oosterwyck (SIGGIS) and Eddy Pacquée (CEVI/Logins/ NRB GROUP) are pleased to announce that they signed an agreement on 24 May 2018 that will anchor SIGGIS NV and SIGGIS SAS in the NRB Group under the auspices of CEVI/Logins.

SIGGIS Group (Spatial Intelligence Genuine & Generic IT Solutions) is a company with a yearly turnover of 4,5 million euros and software and consultancy activities in the Enterprise GIS market. It is focused on utilities, public services and the private market. SIGGIS Group will remain an Esri sub-distributor in Belgium and Geocortex and UT reseller in Belgium and France. For SIGGIS Group, Christoph Verheecke becomes CEO and Eddy Janssen COO. Henri Van Oosterwyck, Lieven Verheust and Peter Vansteenkiste, the board managers before the acquisition, will remain key in the day to day operations and are committed to support them.

With a consolidated turnover of about €323 million and more than 2.000 collaborators, The NRB Group is one of the major ICT services and solutions providers in Belgium. NRB can provide all the elements of a global ICT solutions covering its whole life cycle. NRB implements and manages the IT infrastructure of its clients, on premise or from its own state-of-the-art data centres located in Herstal and Villers-Le-Bouillet. NRB also designs architectures, develops, manages and maintains applications (mainframe or open systems). The addition of SIGGIS to the group that already holds Xperthis, Civadis, CEVI/Logins, Afelio and Trasys International will enable NRB to fully cover the GIS and Mapping aspects of IT solutions.

SIGGIS Group and CEVI/Logins share the same choice of technology, share important customers such as the cities of Antwerp and Ghent and the provinces and share the same ICT-challenges. These are exciting opportunities for the two businesses to work together to develop their products and exploit operational synergies.

For the customers of SIGGIS Group, the new shareholders will put all their efforts to improve service delivery and to offer complete IT solutions based on GIS going from the conception to the hosting. We are excited to enter this new period and are convinced this will also have a positive effect for our customers.

Report caterpillars of processionary moth in province of Antwerp via interactive map

The processionary moth (eikenprocessievlinder) originates from southern Europe and lacks natural predators in Belgium. As such large caterpillar populations occur in spring. This is an issue because of their poisonous defensive hairs. These hairs break off easily and become airborne, causing skin irritation and in some cases even asthma.

The Province of Antwerp wishes to better anticipate possible hazards and has therefore creates a website where citizens can report sightings of the oak processionary moth.

This reporting is done via a map and the interface has been made with ArcGIS and Geocortex. The GIS department province has been able to create this site without the need for external consultancy.

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The European Commission has launched Atlas of the Sky

Atlas of the Sky offers an easy way to get access to a comprehensive set of air transport related information for Europe and the World through a powerful user-friendly web map application. This Web application – based on ArcGIS API for Javascript and ArcGIS Server – is developed and updated by our GIS consultants for the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission (MOVE). Atlas of the Sky offers cartographical reporting tools by providing a user-friendly interface for accessing many air related information as yearly seats/tons available, total passengers carried, ground handling, public service obligations, horizontal and comprehensive aviation agreements, fleet by type/age of aircraft…

Visit Atlas of the Sky

Congratulations to the Belgian national mapping agency NGI/IGN for winning the E-Gov Award 2017 !

The winning project concerns the cartography of wildfires, and was executed on the ASTRID Geoportal. This portal serves the Belgian emergency services and its daily operations. It is based on Geocortex and integrated by SIGGIS. Earlier this year the NGI/IGN cartography project made it to national news because of large wildfires in the forest and heath areas in the province of Antwerp.

Ingrid Vanden Berghe, General manager of NGI/IGN, is grateful and especially happy for this award, because it acknowledges the need and benefits of inter-organizational cooperation.


Spatial Achievements in GIS

The E-GIS project executed at Elia, received a price in the ‘Spatial Achievements in GIS’ Awards during the Esri International User Conference of 2017 in San Diego. Congratulations to the whole project team !

On the photo from the left to the right : Stefan Löfler (AED-SICAD), Henri Van Oosterwyck (SIGGIS), Jack Dangermond (Esri) and Jan Creupelandt (SIGGIS)

Esri – The Science of Where

We believe digital transformation is leading business, government, and society into a new technological frontier. As the global market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), Esri provides the world’s most powerful mapping and spatial analytics software to help organizations everywhere solve problems in real time. We help companies and organizations see data in new ways, improve operational and business results, and unlock their data’s full potential. Using our ArcGIS platform for location intelligence, our customers and users in manufacturing, retail, utilities, telecommunications, government, defense, and dozens of other industries visualize, interpret, analyze, understand and exploit all types of data. We call this The Science of Where™, and this video serves as its introduction.

Today, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including the world’s largest cities, most national governments, 75% of the Fortune 500, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. “Our users around the world practice The Science of Where by mapping the ocean floor; by making organizations smarter; by implementing retail location strategies; and by building strong, resilient economies,” said Jack Dangermond, president and co-founder of Esri.

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