Cairo, Egypt: Digital Egypt launched Egypt’s first spatial information website powered by GIS. The company spent over three years to map out the country’s streets, landmarks, hotels, businesses and virtually every other point of interest, and superimposing this information on a digital map.
The website allows users to search for landmarks such as hotels, universities, government offices, find commercial services, look for real estate, and even view 360 degree panoramic images and photographs of these locations and check the live weather, according to Raffi Alexanian, Managing Director of the company.
With a total capital investment of LE 1.45 million, the portal, which is available in Arabic and English, also permits users to “measure distances and areas, and obtain point coordinates,” all with a few clicks of the mouse.
With Digital Egypt’s commercial advertising capabilities, which use high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic imaging technology, the GIS application allows businesses across Egypt to offer virtual shopping experience.
For the real estate industry, developers can list their available properties on Digital Egypt, including pictures, 360-degree tours inside the units, and pricing and contact information. Meanwhile, potential investors can search for these properties based on pricing or location criteria, or by simply viewing the icons representing available real estate on the map. Digital Egypt is also looking into requiring all listed properties to include detailed pictures, in an effort to preempt false listings from spammers, Digital Egypt business partner General Ehab Morsy explained.
As of today, Digital Egypt’s GIS data currently covers the entire governorate of Cairo, the cities of Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada and cities along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast. Egypt’s other governorates, in addition to another 122 cities, are covered as “points,” allowing businesses and real estate information to be listed across all of Egypt.