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Bringing data to life with GIS

Delegates of the tenth annual FutureGov Summit held in Phuket, Thailand have heard and witnessed how GIS can be used in the areas of transparency, citizen engagement...


While the IDTs definitely proved to be a very valuable experience for the delegates, experts from Esri shared how easy it is to bring data to life by using ArcGIS during their workshop which gathered more than 30 senior government ICT decision makers.

ArcGIS is a cloud-based platform that provides decision makers the opportunity to transform the way they unlock location information, analyse data, and understand unique patterns and trends that weren’t obvious from static charts and maps.

Since the ArcGIS platform is widely used by public sector organisations, the presentations and live demos by Canserina Kurnia, Technical Manager for Esri Asia Pacific, encouraged a spirited discussion and sharing of what the delegates think about ArcGIS and how they are leveraging it.

“It’s an all-in-one GIS solution that governments should take advantage to meet critical business needs,” said Dexter Dancel, Head of the Management Information Systems Division at the City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga, the Philippines.

“Since government processes are very dynamic, your tool should be adaptable and should allow seamless enterprise collaboration. ArcGIS shares that flexibility with the government.”

Also an ArcGIS end-user, Puan Suan Neo Siow, Unit Head of the National Key Results Area Safe City Programme Task Force Unit at the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning in Malaysia, shared how Esri’s platform has allowed them and the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) to move away from using pin maps to visualise crime information.

“In 2010, we developed the Safe City Monitoring System to help RMP in their crime prevention efforts. Since we made analysis more intelligent by using ArcGIS, not only are we now able to quickly identify crime hot spots, but we’re also able to study possible causes of crimes and efficiently mobilise our limited resources.”

Furthermore, Suan noted that because local authorities no longer have to build their own crime mapping portals, the government is able to save an estimated RM15 million (US$ 4.8 million) by using a single system for all of its crime-mapping activities.

As GIS continues to evolve, public sector organisations are now, more than ever, integrating GIS and location information at the heart of everything they do. From tax, health, education, and environment, decision makers are now more aware that GIS is only limited by the imagination of those who use it.

“I do believe GIS plays a key role in achieving socio-economic development outcomes, and it is because of solution providers like Esri that makes it easier for governments to understand and leverage location information for decision making,” said Marsineh Binti Jarmin, Director of the ICT Compliance Unit at the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit.

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