Western Australia’s new Shared Location Information Platform (SLIP) service was launched by Lands Minister Terry Redman at an event hosted by Landgate and WALIS at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre on Monday 15 September. The launch was attended by key stakeholders from across government, industry and business including director generals, chief executives, representatives from Google and Landgate’s partners through WALIS.
SLIP is administered by Landgate and WALIS, and operates on Google’s cloud-based Google Maps Engine platform. The platform links together different government agency’s systems to create a single, online real-time point-of-entry to location and property information currently held by various government departments. This is achieved through utilising and expanding the existing web-based land information platform at Landgate, currently used by its customers to access location and property information and services.
Users familiar with the previous SLIP Enabler system, which this version of SLIP has replaced, will find a number of new endpoints for accessing data. A new easy-to-use data administration portal for custodians and a new authentication system based on Google accounts has also been implemented.
The updated SLIP was launched by Western Australia’s Lands Minister, Terry Redman.
Mr Redman said the SLIP service would help government, business and industry to make better informed decisions regarding infrastructure planning, investment and the delivery of services.
“SLIP is an extensive collection of location-based data and maps maintained by Western Australian public agencies and their partners across the private and research sectors using some of the most innovative technology available in the world today,” he said.
“Based on the Google Maps Engine, SLIP enables the public or a registered customer to access this information easily and securely through Google Maps and Earth, or the data can be downloaded and used in other services such as Geographical Information Systems via desktop and mobile applications.
“The use of SLIP is now being expanded across the public and business sectors and provides a common operating picture, which can be shared across a whole organisation, significantly reducing the costs to business of having to capture the same information from various sources.”
The launch of SLIP follows the release of its first product, ‘Locate’, in October 2013, which uses Google Earth technology. Since its release, Locate has been accessed more than three million times and provides the general public with location information about the State not previously available from a single online mapping platform.
“The more sophisticated location information data we have at our fingertips, the more we can plan, manage risks and effectively allocate resources to ensure we attract investment and improve the services government delivers to the people of Western Australia,” the Minister said.
The new SLIP service is available now from Landgate.