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Esri: How can geospatial data support better decision making in government?

Government officials need reliable and authoritative information to solve national challenges. Mark Cygan, Spatial Data Infrastructure Manager, Esri told FutureGov how geospatial information system (GIS) provides a foundation for evidence-based decision making.

4 ways TV Whitespace can help in disaster recovery: Lessons from Typhoon Haiyan

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Hong Kong and Singapore agree to automated immigration swap

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17 September 2014 | News

Melbourne Safe City Strategy prioritises CCTV, comms campaigns, and better design

Melbourne’s new Safe City Strategy has set out priorities for the next three years, focussing on increasing CCTV, improving the design of public spaces, and better communication with citizens.

16 September 2014 | News

Singapore launches regional disaster centre to coordinate multinational military efforts

The Singapore government has announced plans to host a regional centre to coordinate large-scale humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.

3 September 2014 | Interview

A City’s Most Valuable Asset: Its Data

Sanjay Jacob, Global Head of the US$4B Cloud & Enterprise businesses for the Worldwide Public Sector organisation at Microsoft Corporation, speaks to FutureGov about how cities can unlock the potential of data.

27 August 2014 | News

What is an ‘ops centre’? FutureGov explains

Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, recently announced plans for the city to build an “ops centre” in his National Day Rally speech, following the example of Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. But what does an ops centre do - and are there any in the region?

27 August 2014 | News

Chennai, India, launches face recognition software for CCTV

Chennai, the fourth largest city in India, has launched a new software that recognises images of people on CCTV cameras and tracks their movements.

20 August 2014 | News

How Microsoft collaboration tools enabled disaster recovery after the Christchurch earthquake

What happens when the lights go out - and stay out? In February 2011 the municipal authorities of Canterbury, New Zealand’s second largest city, found answers to that question when a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck.

12 August 2014 | Interview

City of Naga, Philippines, has dedicated team to respond to Facebook comments

Naga City in the Philippines employs a team of officials to read and respond to Facebook comments. Mayor John Bongat tells FutureGov how that helped during Typhoon Glenda last month.

6 August 2014 | Interview

How do you get agencies sharing data during a crisis? How Manila, Philippines, changed processes to enable better analytics

It is difficult at the best of times to get agencies to share data, but when a natural disaster hits, this need becomes vital. The Philippines has found new ways to get officials to share data and enable Big Data analytics to be used during response efforts

6 August 2014 | Interview

How Brussels is trying to share all of its CCTV feeds across government

By 2015, the Brussels-Capital Region will have a unified CCTV platform that connects the networks owned by multiple government departments so that real-time surveillance video feeds can be shared across public sector agencies. The project aims to enable a coordinated approach to national security and citizens protection, Hervé Feuillien, Director General of the Brussels Regional Informatics Centre has told FutureGov.

31 July 2014 | Interview

How the Indonesian government is fighting forest fires & haze

A new online fire monitoring GIS platform that pulls together all relevant information - such as hotspots, wind direction, land shape and features, as well as forestry licenses - was launched last week. It has shown to cut response time by 80%.

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