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Paving a Path to Smart Communities

By Matt Ball, Esri Writer

The Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities has transitioned from an analog to an entirely digital workflow to manage and maintain its water, storm water, and streetlight operations. While it’s hard for some office personnel to remember working with paper maps, some field personnel clearly recall their experiences.

Try riffling through paper on a cold snowy morning, looking for the right mapbook to locate a meter. If the meter was installed less than six months ago, it likely hasn’t made it into your book. If you do find the location in one book, you’ll need to grab another book for more detail.

The first book gives you the block and the side of the street, while the second measures the distance from the curb. Unfortunately, the meter you need to service isn’t showing up in the second book. Work needs to be done, so days can’t be wasted getting an updated map. It isn’t long before you exit the cozy cab of your truck and start digging.

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Esri and Leica Partner to Offer Grants to Governments

Smart Communities Innovation Challenge Provides Support for Improving Mobile Government

Esri has partnered with measurement instrument manufacturer Leica to encourage innovation of mobile field data collection in government by offering grants totaling $143,250 in goods and services. Known as the Smart Communities Innovation Challenge, 10 governments that submit detailed project proposals demonstrating increased efficiencies in collecting data for decision support or improved productivity delivering governmental services will be selected to receive a grant.

Esri and Leica representatives announcing the strategic partnership.

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Esri Nominates County’s Smart Community Technology for GCN Award

Pinellas County, Florida, has implemented a successful, innovative smart community governance model. Thanks to technological initiatives and innovations to deliver smart sustainable services, the county is better supporting its staff, municipalities, and the public. Because of its successful implementation, Esri nominated Pinellas County for the GCN dig IT 2016 Cloud and Infrastructure award.

GCN supports the public sector IT managers by providing technology assessments, recommendations, and case studies. For 28 years, the organization has showcased general excellence in government information technology by presenting the GCN dig IT (Discovery and Innovation in Government IT) awards. This year GCN is recognizing transformative technology that is truly reinventing government.

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Michigan Partners with Esri to Lead the Way in Smart Communities

One of the most important challenges in managing and providing public services today is the effective sharing of data among departments. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB), located in Lansing, Michigan, has taken a huge step in empowering their staff by choosing Esri to host and manage all their imagery data.

Esri provides the integration platform and framework for managing imagery services that the state required for greater efficiency and collaboration. Key stakeholders across multiple departments and partner agencies can now share common authoritative geospatial data.

The Esri solution will serve up to 25 terabytes of data for services and products common to all areas of the government. This data will be managed by the Center for Shared Solutions (CSS), an office within DTMB, which provides leadership, technical expertise, and sharing of geographic information in the state. The department also provides more than 60 statewide mapping datasets hosted on the ArcGIS platform for every state-run entity in Michigan.

By hosting and managing imagery services in the Esri cloud, the state of Michigan will now be able to provide a data resource and shared understanding, enabling more informed decision making.

For more information how government agencies use Esri technology to foster innovation, visit esri.com/stategov.

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Changing the GIS Conversation in Government through the Future of Smart

Esri Users Share and Explore Smart Communities Trends, Use Cases, and Solutions at the 2016 User Conference

By: Samantha Mac Donald

What do smart communities mean to you? For GIS professionals working in government, it’s a well-known concept that is transforming the dialogue about geospatial technology within their organizations.

“While GIS may not be perceived as a top priority in government, it is the technology that enables communities to become smarter,” said Christopher Thomas, director of government markets at Esri. “GIS is evolving and getting smarter—and GIS professionals are more important than ever.”

GIS professionals attending the Esri User Conference in San Diego this week shared how the smart communities movement is enabling them to engage with decision makers in new ways and demonstrate the power of GIS.

“Smart communities is an initiative that is banding together everyone in government—and one that today’s savvy GIS professionals are leveraging to improve collaboration and increase GIS adoption within their organizations,” Thomas said.

The conversation is changing from “Do you want to be a part of my GIS committee?” to “Do you want to become a smarter community?”

The resounding answer is “yes.”

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Don’t Miss the Technical Keynotes at Esri UC

By Mark Coast and Dave Grenley

Approaches to Spatial Analysis

It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a GIS user. People around the world are applying GIS as a framework to gain real insight, drive innovative solutions to complex problems, work more efficiently, make better decisions, collaborate and communicate more effectively, and make a real difference—intelligently effecting meaningful change.

Spatial analysis is at the very heart of GIS technology. It enables us to better understand our place in the world, and the impact we can make — mapping where things are, how they relate, what it all means, and what actions to take, for the best results. Analysis of geographic patterns and relationships uncover new insights — for actionable intelligence, such as optimum routes, site selection, asset location, supply chain and advanced predictive modeling.

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