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Cliffhanger Solutions releasing new GIS platform which includes the fastest tracing in the industry.

An essential requirement for GIS is network analysis (a.k.a. tracing or routing). With Cliffhanger having finalized its tracing module for Atlas, we are now offering a complete and new GIS platform with smooth migration paths available from ESRI and GE Smallworld. Atlas is not only data agnostic, but it is also schemaless. This means that [...]

Still using tile based (low resolution) maps? Time to move to the future!

For the longest time, tile based systems were the standard. Google, Bing and Open Street Maps still use it. This means that when you look at a map, you are really looking a bitmap image. If the map is tile based, the total map is stitched together from smaller square tiles, typically 256x256 pixels. Because [...]

Network connectivity? You no longer need to worry.

Until recently, working in the field could be a chore if you were to lose you network connection. You either couldn't work or you had to wait a long time to load data,  which could be outdated by the time you need it in the field on your local device.   For this cliffhanger, we [...]

Product Team Expansion!

We are Cliffhanger have been expanding rapidly and for our product development team we are pleased to announce that Alex Chambers (aka Chambers), joined us back in June! Alex has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University. He is a software engineer who is involved with implementing client features and [...]

Wood Inspection Drill Integration: IML and Cliffhanger Solutions

IML and Cliffhanger Solutions are pleased to announce that Atlas is now fully integrated with the IML Wood Inspection Drill,  IML-RESI PD-Series.  This means that an inspector can now simply select a pole, drill the pole to obtain measurements upon which the results are obtained via bluetooth, associated with the inspected pole and uploaded to the back office. [...]

Most Powerful is not so Powerful

Most solutions that bring spatial data to the field all bring the obvious functionalities, however, some like to call them 'extraordinary' or the 'most powerful.' That’s simply untrue; they aren’t the best solutions out there!  We hear that end users don't like those products, that implementation times are lengthy and costly for their customized application [...]

How to Improve Outage Restoration Time Estimates

We were asked if we can provide better information to utility customers regarding outages. The goal was to provide more accurate estimates, thus improving customer service, and avoid or minimize situations like this: We fed available historic information from GIS and OMS into a machine learning model. While not "big data", more than a 100000 individual [...]

Atlas Extensions

We, at Cliffhanger Solutions, are pleased to announce that Atlas now uses Extensions. In the past we had all functionality automatically enabled in the core product, but since we have significantly expanded Atlas's functional footprint over the past year, we were forced to only enable functionality as needed. From a pure technical perspective, Atlas still contains all extensions. [...]

Aging workforce? Give them an iPad!!!

In our industry we hear so much about 'aging workforce' and the effect on IT projects. Frequently heard complaints from (field) workers are 'why do we need to change, this has worked fine for the past 20 years', 'I barely know how to use my new phone', 'my grand daughter teaches me this stuff'. Well, [...]