Through spatial analysis, we are able to find clarity from complexity, and tackle some of societies most pressing challenges. GovLoop and Esri have partnered to create a series of videos showing how GIS is transforming our world. Below you’ll find 4 great government case studies using GIS, and 6 startups powered by Esri that are changing the way we think, work and live through location analysis.
Government Case Studies
- Creating a Common Operating Picture: US Army Geospatial Center
- Improving Business Functions With Limited Resources: US Coast Guard
- Unlocking the Meaning Behind the Data: US Postal Service
- Increasing Collaboration & Participation With GIS: State of Maryland
Esri Powered Startups
- Using Crowdfunding to Encourage Civic Engagement: Citizinvestor
- Mapping Emergency Incidents: FireWhat
- How 3D Mapping is Changing Our City Planning: SmarterBetterCities
- New Tools to Fight Crime: StreetCred
- Building More Resilient Communities with GIS: Recovers
- Sharing Sensor Data for Smart Decision Making: Valarm
US Army Geospatial Center
“One of the terms I usually use when I go out brief is that a lot of the army programs are considered stovepipes or cylinders of excellence because they have never looked at geospatial or gis tech holistically to understand that its not just maps, but it’s a framework or foundation that everyone should work off of, and our goal in the army is to have everyone work off the same standard shareable GIS foundation,” Daniel Visone, Systems & Acquisition Support Directorate Chief, US Army Geospatial Center.
GIS at US Coast Guard
“We are now beginning to take terabytes of information and display in a geospatial way, in the past we have had to look at tons of tabular reports and documents, we can now look at it on a map. That gives the decision makers from the Admiral all the way down to the guys on the field the knowledge of where the activities are, where the facilities are and where need concentrate the resources that we have because budget constrains are small, we can do better with what we have,” said Peter Noy, Asset Manager, Geospatial Management Office, US, Coast Guard.
US Postal Service
“Really what [GIS] has done for our organization is help people understand the meaning behind the data. When you use something like a map people are very interested in it, its easy to use, there is a recognition, and then to allow the data to come through the map leads them through the data without hitting them up front with a lot of numbers, columns, rows, and text they may not be able to understand. So it’s really helped people to understand the power behind data, and GIS has been a great solution for us,” Bryan Jones, GIS Specialist at Gulg Coast Aerial Mapping.
State of Maryland
“[Open data] definitely cuts down on interagency stovepipes that we have a central repository so our agencies knows where to go to find things, the public knows where to go to find things, it’s always a question of keeping that up to date making sure we have the relevant data,” said Barney Krucoff, Geographic Information Office, State of Maryland.
Citizinvestor is a crowdfunding and civic engagement platform for local government projects. Watch the video below to learn how they work, and check out some case studies on the map to the right.
FireWhat is a GIS and technology company that was created to map emergency incidents and create new technologies to track responders and assets in and out of the field. Learn more by checking out the video below and some case studies to the right.
Smarter Better Cities
SmarterBetterCities is a web-based tool that allows you to tell stories with your data, and share projects in 3D to help you plan your city. Check out the video below to learn more, or some case studies on the map.
StreetCred Software was founded by two Texas police officers who were looking to re-imagine lawenforcement and give officers the tools they needed to combat crime in their community. Watch the video below to learn more, or check out the case studies on the map.
Our easy-to-use software connects local government, organizations and residents making disaster preparedness and recovery smarter. Watch the video below or learn more by viewing some case studies.
Valarm is supports real time sensor networks and shares data to the cloud using, all using commodity hardware. One example is using sensors to monitor air quality, the data is shared to the cloud, and allows people to analyze the data and be used for geo-analysis, to help improve decision making. Watch the video below to learn more, and check out some case studies on the map.
These videos show the power of GIS to transform the way government operates. You can learn more about GIS in some of GovLoop: