Global Information System


            Each planet in the galaxy with a functioning satellite system has built into the software of that satellite array, a Global Information System or GIS that provides up to date data on the planets geography, weather, ecology, flora, fauna and environmental quality, current within an hour of accessing the data.  The GIS completes a scan of the planet roughly every hour, and maintains even more precise data on planetary weather patterns via terrestrial sensors. 

To access the GIS one need only be equipped with computer programmed to do so.  The technology and software for the GIS was provided by the Ancients, and has not been changed since their departure.  Any number of companies and governments manufacture devices specifically designed to access the GIS systems across the galaxy.  Though some governments limit the amount of data available; i.e. sensitive facilities, secret locations.  Nearly anything one would need to know while visiting a planet is available via the GIS.

Some GIS devices are also equipped with scanners, one can insert a bit of material from an animal or plant, examining the DNA in the sample the GIS can provide in-depth data on that plant or animal, its behaviors, how safe or dangerous it may be, if it’s edible for his species etc.  GIS devices vary in size and design from large, ship board devices with scanners that can manage a large, live specimen to wrist worn devices with pen sized probes for DNA scanning. 

Much of the static data in a single planets GIS is also available in the Galactic Record and accessible from any other planet or space station or ship in the galaxy, allowing travelers to prepare for a visit to a particular planet while traveling. 


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