AIS is a minority-woman-owned, full service Geographic Information Systems (GIS) production and environmental small business. Since 1974, AIS has been providing multidisciplinary databases for use in GIS, environmental and urban planning, and facilities management.
AIS has a small but experienced staff dedicated to meeting and exceeding our clients' expectations. On average, AIS staff member has over 15 years of experience working on GIS projects. Staff expertise ranges across the disciplines of geography, geology, soil science, plant ecology, forestry, environmental studies, land planning, photointerpretation, field surveys, and computer science.
We measure our success by the large number of clients who have selected us repeatedly for their GIS database needs.
In 1974, a group of graduate students at the University of California, Riverside saw the utility in standardizing geographic data layers prior to converting them into digital format. By resolving inconsistencies and conflicts among the data prior to automation, the final product would be a more effective working database.
The students founded Area Information Systems, which soon became known as Aerial Information Systems. The company was located in Crestline, in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California, until it moved “down the hill” to Redlands in 1985. In the early years, AIS worked closely with another fledgling company, Esri, developing the backbone of what is now called GIS.