How Smart Cities are Using GIS Data in 2019

In 2013, IBM’s campaign made “smart cities” into a household term. Six years later, we wanted to shed some light into how smart cities are using GIS Data in 2019. Although GIS is only part of a smart city’s technology suite, many of the core solutions of a smart city (smart asset management, intelligent operations) couldn’t operate without a GIS data.

Cities are Moving GIS Data onto the Cloud

Holding onto on-premise data is risky and expensive. Almost all major cities have some sort of initiative to move their legacy data into the cloud. In order to become a smarter city, MapGeo has created a platform to display and visualize all legacy data, and all in the cloud. Making sure both residents and the city works have the data they need is imperative to becoming a smarter city.

Who is Using This GIS Data

Nowadays, getting the power of a layered GIS platform into a format that everyone can understand is paramount to becoming a smart city. The same tools that are giving city workers (public safety, police, fire, etc.) insights should be the same tools arming residents with the information they need. This is one of the reasons smart cities provide a new level of transparency between citizen and city. MapGeo is a platform that can bring all this data together in one place.

Smart Cities NY
City of Albany, NY MapGeo Page

Smart Cities Promote Transparency

In 2017, North Attleboro (MA) was had census districts nominated and certified as part of the Opportunity Zone Program, a federal program aimed at having those with large capital gains invest in low income areas to lower their tax exposure. Using MapGeo, North Attleboro was able to bring the information they needed to all relevant stakeholders. Users are able to easily overlay and view vacant properties and existing warehouses and parking lots to make real decisions.

North Attleboro GIS
City of North Attleboro, MA MapGeo Page