GISi Receives ArcGIS Online Specialty Designation from Esri


GISi recognized for technical expertise and know-how to work with all aspects of Esri ArcGIS Online

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – August 9, 2013 – GISi, an Esri Platinum Partner, recently earned the new ArcGIS Online Specialty designation from Esri. This designation is provided to Esri partners who demonstrate the ability to sell, implement, and develop solutions and services for ArcGIS Online.

ArcGIS is the GIS industry’s leading software platform for developing and managing geospatial information and solutions. It enables users to perform deep spatial analysis and better understand their data and assets, leading to improved business decisions.

GISi has a track record of client success with ArcGIS Online in multiple markets. In addition to helping many clients implement ArcGIS Online, they have developed several applications that can be accessed through the ArcGIS Online Maps and Apps Gallery.

“We are very pleased to earn this distinction from Esri”, commented Lee Lichlyter, President and CEO of GISi. “We have a long history of alignment and innovation with Esri’s latest technologies and we continue that pattern as an ArcGIS Online Specialist. We look forward to continuing to help clients use this powerful technology to improve their operations.”

GISi is an award-winning GIS professional services firm located in Birmingham, Ala., with offices throughout the United States. GISi has a passion for delivering customer driven location technology solutions to federal, state and local governments, and commercial organizations.

Rachel Ankersen, Marketing Coordinator, GISi
(205) 941-0442 x 120

Congratulations to Our GIS Ink Winners

Last week while attending the Esri User Conference in San Diego we announced the winners of our GIS-Ink.Com campaign.

Theresa and Angela both worked hard in lobbying for your votes and we are very excited that they won! Each has been sent a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition camera.

FID_9Theresa won the Geographic Ink competition with the art to our left. As part of her winning, she shared a bit more about what the Ink means to her.

“Thanks for voting me the GIS professional with the best industry-related tattoo! There was a lot of tough competition out there. I got my map tattoo after a year of working in the GIS profession, and a lifetime of travel. It reminds me that there is still mystery in the world and an adventure possible at every turn. It also keeps me humble. Mapmakers in the 16th Century thought they knew what was up, but when we look at Age of Discovery maps now, the “errors” and omissions are what we often notice first, rather than the beauty. In this age of GIS, GPS, and maps on smart phones, I think it’s important to remember that there is still so much left to discover.”

FID_36Angela won the Industry Ink competition with the art to our right. As a part of her winning, she shared with us the road she traveled to get her ink.

I didn’t get a tattoo until I turned 27. I actually got is as a birthday gift from one of most closest friends. I had been tossing around the idea of getting a cherry blossom tree, but I hadn’t given it the proper thought. The, when I got a 3 day notice that I had a tattoo session payed for on the day of my birthday, and I need to make up my mind ASAP, I decided that since the idea of the cherry blossom had been with me for more than 4 years, it might as well be ink on my skin for a lifetime.

I have never given it any special meaning. Not to this one, not to the others. And now that I am being asked about the meaning behind my ink, I can only think: nature. It is what prevails in every single one of my tattoos. And being a Geographer, a nature lover, an explorer, I cannot help but relate something so permanent for me to the marvelous forms of nature.

3 years ago and I love it more every day. I truly believe this will always be my favorite one, no matter which ones I get afterwards.

Congratulations to both winners and remember to represent your ‘Ink’ each day!

GISi Announces Formation of a New Business Unit – GISi Indoors

Mapping, positioning, analytics. GISi Indoors brings indoor insight and engagement to you and your customers.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – July 1, 2013 – GISi has officially launched GISi Indoors, a new business unit offering a suite of products and services designed to provide organizations and businesses with increased understanding of indoor people, places, and things. Just as GISi has been a leader in spatial solutions for more than twenty years, GISi Indoors will provide premier location technology solutions and consulting within buildings.

As part of the initial GISi Indoors offering of products and services, a prototype application testing some of the cutting-edge technologies in the emerging indoor positioning marketplace will be available for download on Android through Google Play ( GISi Indoors will be launching the app to attendees of the 2013 Esri International Users Conference taking place in San Diego July 8-12, 2013.

A few features of the GISi Indoors app conference attendees can explore:

  • Mapping: Conference floor mapping, including vendor booths
  • Search: Find by room name or booth number
  • Routing: Indoor turn by turn directions and indoor positioning using the phone sensors and Wi-Fi triangulation
  • Analytics: Swing by the GISi booth to see where people are using the app (anonymous locations provided through opt-in setting).
  • Win Prizes: Prizes and coupons are sent to your phone while mingling in geo-fences throughout the conference.

To learn more about GISi Indoors, visit their website at The GISi Indoors team is also active on Twitter (@GISiIndoors), Facebook (, and Linkedin (

Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISi) is an award-winning location based technology and professional services firm headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., with offices throughout the United States. Since 1991 our team of GIS professionals has been using Geographic Information Systems to solve staffing, technology, and business needs in markets ranging from Federal, State and Local Governments to some of the largest public and privately held companies in the world. For more information on GISi please visit our website:


Rachel Ankersen,Marketing Coordinator, GISi
(205) 941-0442 x 120

GISi Releases Black Forest Fire Consolidated Public Information Map

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Vital Information for Fire Disaster Assistance

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – June 14, 2013 – GISi has launched a detailed public information map tool, powered by Esri and created and maintained by GISi developer Joe Pfeffer, to help aid in disaster assistance for the Black Forest Fire that has spread in parts of central Colorado.

In addition to zoom and pan capabilities, the interactive map provides location-based information on the following:

  • Disaster assistance centers
  • Public evacuation shelters
  • Food donation sites
  • Distribution centers
  • RVs/campers sites
  • Food assistance sites
  • Mail pickup areas
  • Reduced rate lodging
  • Small animal shelters
  • Large/exotic animal shelters (and indicates whether it’s open or full)
  • Structure status – whether homes are partially damaged or destroyed
  • Evacuation areas – mandatory, voluntary, and pre-evacuation
  • Current wind speeds
  • Current fire perimeters

GISi hopes users will find the map to be a useful resource for all in need of public data regarding this natural disaster.  The interactive map can be found at and will be updated as further information becomes publically available.

About GISi

GISi is an award-winning GIS professional services firm located in Birmingham, Ala., with offices throughout the United States.  GISi has a passion for delivering customer driven location technology solutions to federal, state and local governments, and commercial organizations.  To learn more, visit or call (205) 941-0442.

Rachel Ankersen, Marketing Coordinator, GISi
(205) 941-0442 x 120

GISi Announces Partnership with Cityworks

Premier GIS Companies Align to Better Serve Clients in State & Local Government

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – May 2, 2013 – Two Esri Platinum Partners have joined together to better enable state and local government personnel, improve workflows, and leverage technology to gain efficiencies in the operation and maintenance of assets.  The partnership between Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISi) and Cityworks – Azteca Systems Inc. brings together nearly 50 years of combined experience in spatial technology and over 220 dedicated employees.

“We are thrilled and honored to become a Cityworks partner” said Lee Lichlyter, President & CEO of GISi. “Their products are the gold standard in the industry for asset and work order management.  Additionally, our companies share a common value of putting a client’s needs in front of our own.  Government entities across the United States now have world class product and implementation services available to them.”

“GISi becoming an authorized Implementation Partner adds a new level of experience and capabilities to Azteca Systems,” said Brian Haslam, President and CEO of Azteca Systems Inc. “Among Esri’s best-known and most respected partners, the breadth of GISi’s industry knowledge and expertise significantly enhances our ability to ensure the success of our mutual customers. Sharing a common mission to help organizations get the most from their GIS investment, we both believe the best solutions begin with strong relationships and a commitment to GIS. For all intents and purposes, GISi is really an extension to our corporate culture – something I’m sure our customers will clearly see.”

As a Cityworks authorized Implementation Partner, GISi is fully trained and capable of providing services aimed at facilitating a Cityworks implementation, including:

  • Esri platform installation & configuration
  • Cityworks installation & configuration
  • Cloud management services
  • Integration services between Cityworks and other enterprise systems
  • Data management & workflow analysis
  • Capacity analysis & architecture design
  • System review & optimization recommendations
  • Facilitate extending existing Cityworks implementations throughout the organization
  • Identify flexible deployment options for office staff and field crews
  • Help organizations manage public engagement (citizen request management) through Cityworks

Sean Savage is leading the effort for GISi under the new partnership, bringing nearly 5-years of experience working with one of the most extensive Cityworks Server implementations to date at Oakland County, Michigan. If you would like to learn more about the GISi service options and how they can help facilitate or improve your Cityworks implementation, please call Sean at 205.941.0442 ext. 179 or email him at

About Azteca Systems Inc.

Since 1986, Azteca Systems Inc. has been providing innovative GIS-centric Management Solutions to agencies that own and care for critical infrastructure, capital assets, and property. Built exclusively on Esri’s ArcGIS technology, Cityworks is a powerful, scalable, and affordable solution for asset management, permitting and licensing. Time-tested and proven technology, Cityworks is Empowering GIS™ at more than 450 user sites around the world.

About GISi

GISi is an award-winning GIS professional services firm located in Birmingham, Ala., with offices throughout the United States.  GISi has a passion for delivering customer driven location technology solutions to federal, state and local governments, and commercial organizations.  To learn more, visit or call (205) 941-0442.

Rachel Ankersen, Marketing Coordinator, GISi
(205) 941-0442 x 120