What is vector data?

Vector data is a representation of the world using points, lines, and polygons. This data is created by digitizing the base data, and it stores information in x, y coordinates. 

Vector data is one of two primary types of spatial data in geographic information systems (GIS) – the other being raster data. Vector models are used to store data with discrete boundaries like country borders, land parcels, and roads.

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Why is vector data important?

The nature of vector data allows you to perform deep, granular analyses to help maximize the outcomes of your most critical business objectives. 

Let’s look at one example for telco organizations:

  • Network analysis: using vector data, telcos can determine the placements of telco towers and perform analysis to optimize coverage. 

For example: is the desired tower location within proper county boundaries? Vector data provides the pinpoint accuracy you need when making the decisions that matter most.

One major difference between vector data and raster data is that you can run queries against vector data. For instance:

  • Site selection: With raster data, which stores information about features in a cell-based manner, this process isn’t as seamless – you’d have to first extract the value of each pixel.

How can Precisely help with your vector data?

Ready to maximize the value of your vector data? Precisely has spatial analytics solutions that make spatial processing faster, easier, and more accessible for technical and non-technical users alike.

We also offer a global Enrich product portfolio of more than 9,000 attributes in over 400 expertly curated datasets. All datasets are ready to analyze – no additional sourcing or prep work required.

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