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Hardware

In this section, we will discuss the hardware component of GIS. What are main hardware components?
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The second component of GIS is hardware. There are hardware devices that are required in GIS.

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Computer system

This means a computer processing unit with a minimum of 8GB RAM or, better, 16GB with an updated processor and operating system. You can use either Apple or Windows-based desktop computer or a laptop.

Input devices

A display monitor 21” wide minimum, a mouse, a keyboard, and a scanner. You may have more than one monitor to allow you to view two interfaces at any one time. Likewise, you will need a scanner to scan printed maps and save them in digital format.

Storage devices

You can store your data in an internal or external hard drive, a thumb drive, DVDs, CDs, or in the Cloud. Your call.

Output devices

You can display the out of your GIS project using your monitor. You can also print out your maps using a printer or a plotter.

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