Nigeria: Zain Nigeria has selected Spatial Technologies (STL) as the key GIS-based solution provider for Special Festivals GSM Network Coverage Project. This solution, with its geographic focus across Nigeria will track annual and special festivals and other socio-economic impacts.
Annual festivals like the Lisabi Day of Abeokuta, Osun Oshogbo festival, Sokoto Horse Race, the Okpe Orime festival of Delta State, Abuja Carnival, Eyo Festival of Lagos and Calabar Carnival pull huge crowds from different parts of Nigeria and sometimes outside the country.
Planning temporary coverage for these festivals is a serious task as it demands extensive technical and logistics resource planning. In the past, Zain maintained a tabular spreadsheet of these festivals, however it was decided that tracking them in a GIS environment would provide a dramatic improvement over the traditional technique and further empower Zain to plan for these festivals in a consistent and efficient manner.
STL was contracted to create a GIS-based solution that will include a database of over 120 festivals and special events across Nigeria which would be required to plan coverage for the festivals. The project involves extensive GPS mapping across several cities and villages in Nigeria. Relevant attribution table was developed and the digital pictures of the festival venues were hot-linked using MapInfo Professional to provide contextual relevance.
Source: PR Log