Do you ever know that TM has a Malaysia Map?
TM Geomatics was established in 1991 with the objectives to bring flexibility in Network Design and asset management system for TM’s outside plant. With strong objective, TM has started develop Malaysia Map which covered whole Malaysia that included peninsular Malaysia & Sabah & Sarawak since 1995 and had been well maintained until now.TM’s Malaysia Map consists of following content:
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How TM get the data ?
It is difficult to ensure that the map is 100% accurate compare with the real world. Nevertheless, TM has implemented few methods to ensure TM map content is reliable, accurate and provide high quality to customers.
a) Collaboration activities
TM has few collaboration with related parties for acquisition of data. Eg, property data and property valuation that can be seen in TM Map is one of collaboration between TM and Iproperty. Property data and property valuation information able to help customers to make analysis on the household income level at the particular area of interest.
b) POI Web Scraping
Using special software, TM extracts information from well-known websites to update its POI. TM will then geocode the addresses it managed to extract out.
c) Feedback from users
The most common way and effective way to collect data is through feedback from users or customers. However, this method is time consuming, tedious and expensive process. After receiving feedback from users, officers have to verify credibility of the feedback before digitizing and transfer. Normally, ground survey will be conducted to ensure the reliability and credibility of the data. Although it is the best way to obtain highly accurate point locations, ground survey is very time consuming and expensive activity that TM is facing now. After verification done, digitizing process will go through by our digitizers. Besides, editing process will also be done to make sure no errors as well as improve quality.
d) Property developers
Nowadays, there are a lot of new development area and real estate developments. In order to get update and accurate information, TM has collaboration with property developers to get the new real estate developments area. This information is important for property investors, franchise companies and retail companies that hope to open a new outlet. You able to visualize survey the area that you interested before you going on-the-ground to survey.
e) Scheduled survey
Besides the initiatives that mentioned above, TM also has own surveyors that going on-the-ground to locate exact points and collect information. In order to minimize the cost and update the map more effectively, supervisor is responsible to make sure surveyors are following scheduled survey. Survey on-the ground is important to make sure TM’s Malaysia Map is updated, quality, accurately, reliability and credibility.