Development of Prototype Systems for Managing Spatio-temporal Information

Hidekazu HOSHINO, Norishige KUBO, Takeshi IIMURA, Akihiro IKEDA and Gousuke IITA


This research is intended to develop techniques to manage spatial information (e.g. terrain, building locations, legal regulations, plant habitats) and temporal information (e.g. water level, rainfall, traffic volume) jointly.
       We investigated how spatio-temporal information is used in public sectors which have introduced GIS. Products of GIS that are able to use spatio-temporal information (spatio-temporal information system) were also investigated. These investigations showed that spatio-temporal information should be managed, but is not managed because there are not enough spatio-temporal information system products and users do not know how to implement spatio-temporal information system for practical use.
       Characteristics of temporal information were analyzed and basic functions were designed to create a spatio-temporal information system. Based on the design, three prototype systems for specific applications were developed and demonstrated advantages for managing spatio-temporal information.


1. Introduction
2. TUse case of spatio-temporal information
  2.1 River management
  2.2 Disaster prevention
  2.3 Property management
  2.4 Road and traffic management
  2.5 Habitat management
3. GIS products
  3.1 DiMSIS-EX
  3.2 ATOM
4. Analysis based on research results
  4.1 Needs for spatio-temporal information management
  4.2 Management of temporal information
  4.3 Database structure and date processing method suitable for managing spatio-temporal information
5. Design of basic function and development of prototype systems
  5.1 Design of basic function
    5.2.1 Source data of spatio-temporal information for developing prototype systems
    5.2.2 Hardware and software environment for prototype systems
    5.2.3 Development tools of prototype systems
    5.2.4 Prototype system
6. Conclusions