** This product has been superseeded by MapInfo
PlanAccess is an OGC- and eGIF-compliant
web map server that was built using MapXtreme® and developed in
direct response to the needs of Local Authorities. It delivers appropriate
mapping to each section of a web site so users do not have to search
for a "map area." PARSOL and Property Account Modules offer
PlanAccess is an OGC- and eGIF-compliant web
map server for public access that was built using MapXtreme® and
developed in direct response to the needs of Local
Authorities. PlanAccess provides web developers with an out-of-the-box
portal and Rapid Application Development toolkit that enables the integration
of static or interactive mapping and address-based searches into a web
PlanAccess enables web developers to deliver
simple functionality that any citizen visiting a Local Authority web
site can comfortably comprehend and navigate. Also, because it links
to corporate data layers and mapping-and because it can integrate that
information with council web sites-it allows citizens to access services
at any time of day or night.
PlanAccess can be an ideal tool for helping
to meet ODPM Priority Service Outcomes. This can come in the form of
improved accessibility of council services via online channels, better
integrated community and local environment information, improvements
in the way citizens do business with the authority and delivery of e-consultations.
Benefits for Developers and Customers
Developers can deploy PlanAccess in a variety
of ways-as an out-of-the-box map portal or page; as a context-sensitive
pop-up that launches from an existing page; via an embedded mapping
application window in an existing web page; or as a means of generating
a gazetteer or address search from any web page.
One of the key benefits of PlanAccess is that
maps are no longer static images on a web site. They are an integrated
feature of an organisation's online presence, providing enhanced navigation
and service to users. Because PlanAccess delivers appropriate mapping
to each section of a web site, users do not have to search for a "map
area." Indeed, PlanAccess does not even demand that a "map"
always be used.
As an example, Local Authorities may wish to
design a "Who Is My Councillor?" service. By simply entering
a postcode, users can direct PlanAccess to query the gazetteer and then
complete a spatial query to deliver the councillor's name and associated
information. And they can do this without ever actually displaying a
With PlanAccess, developers can deliver
- Allowing address searches and display of
"My Property" account details such as council tax band,
councillor, school catchments, conservation area (meeting ODPM "good"
Priority Service Outcome G5)
- Delivering up-to-date street works information
(meeting ODPM "good" Priority service outcome G14)
- Using "find my nearest" to display
location such as school or recycling facility
- Assisting problem reporting by enabling citizens
to pinpoint the location of a
damaged street lamp or abandoned car
- Providing online planning application
Delivering online e-consultation
Developers will appreciate PlanAccess Rapid
Application Development features such as pre-built components for "find
my nearest," fault reporting and printing with OS copyright; full
Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) control of appearance; fully customisable
interface including modules and buttons; and multiple language deployment.
Templates and code for "My Property" account pages are also
Pitney Bowes MapInfo offers two important modules
that extend the capabilities of PlanAccess and assist Local Authorities
in delivering Property Account pages and PARSOL Planning Enquiry pages.
PlanAccess PARSOL Module
The PARSOL (Planning and Regulatory Services
Online) e-Government project is tasked with developing a range of guidelines,
benchmarks, schemas, systems and toolkits to assist Local Authorities
in building online planning and regulatory systems that are both effective
and transparent. One of PARSOL's key aims is for citizens to benefit
from Accessible Planning Services.
PlanAccess PARSOL Module has been specifically
designed to integrate with expert system products from a variety of
vendors. The module delivers address-based query and mapping facilities
that lend planning enquiries a spatial reference and an interactive
By using the PARSOL Module in combination with
an expert system, both citizens and Local Authorities can enjoy the
benefits provided by online planning services. This includes increased
efficiency, improved service provisions, faster interactions with planning
services and more easily achieved targets.
PARSOL's Planning Permission and Building Regulation
Enquiry Systems specification defines three separate components for
the system: Address Search; Polygon Select and Constraint Search; and
Expert System. The PlanAccess PARSOL module delivers the first two of
these right out of the box. As for the third, it provides easy integration
with any expert system using the Planning Expert Systems open standard
XML schema as defined on the UK GovTalk website.
PlanAccess Property Account Module
The PlanAccess Property Account Module delivers
easy-to-understand "My Property" services to citizens. It
also provides Local Authorities with everything they need to deliver
property-centric information about council services via their Authority
web site. Further, the module allows fast and simple achievement of
ODPM Priority Service Outcomes.
More specifically, the Property Account Module
allows citizens to search the Authority web site for an address and
display "My Property" details such as council tax band, local
councillor, school catchments and conservation area status.
The module performs all the spatial queries
on relevant data; then it displays the property's details and information
about the surrounding locale. Web developers may customise the presentation
of these details to match the Authority's particular corporate style.
The best thing about the Property Account Module
may be this: citizens who do not know how to interpret mapping information
or understand GIS can still gain access to all of the information they
require about their property in an easy-to-comprehend format.
Developers can also combine the account
page with the "Where's my nearest?" and problem reporting
functions from PlanAccess in order to deliver an enhanced "neighbourhood"
service for local facilities.
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