TAVARES — Lake County is putting a new technology to good use by using a new data file format to improve the readability of online traffic count maps for the Lake County Department of Public Works, Engineering Division.
The new data file format, Keyhole Markup Language (KML), allows the Lake County Office of Information Technology, Geographic Information Services (GIS) Division, to superimpose its mapping data on top of a third-party map viewer, such as Google Maps. Previously, the Engineering Division posted a PDF file of the traffic count maps, which could be cumbersome to manipulate and locate specific traffic counts.
“Using a third-party map viewer provides users of the data, including citizens and County employees, the flexibility of using a well-known and easy-to-use interface without having to install any additional software,” said Kevin Willis, Director of the Lake County GIS Division. “As a result, we are able to provide the most up-to-date traffic count data within a usable map framework.”
In addition to providing greater flexibility to map users, the date files are smaller providing faster downloading times.
“In the near future, I envision more County departments will deploy this technology to present the information they have in a more dynamic approach for both internal and external users,” Willis said.
For more information about the Lake County GIS Division, call (352) 343-9633.