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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.

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%.

29 July 2014 | Interview

How the US government is using GIS to battle forest fires

During the past decade, wildfires in the western United States have become a significantly growing concern.

Kent Connoughton, US Forest Service regional forester, is in charge of 17 forests and the large grassland located in the Pacific Northwest—Region 6. A Fellow of the Society of American Foresters, he is responsible for federal protection of forests from fire, bugs, and disease.

Connoughton’s staff uses geographic information system technology from Esri, the world leader in GIS technology, to measure forest conditions and look for patterns and relationships in forest health. The regional forester brings these maps to D.C. to build dialog about forest planning, policy, and legislation.

24 July 2014 | Interview

Malaysian Police working with local authorities to better identify crime hotspots

The Royal Malaysian Police is exchanging data with local authorities for the first time to identify and better police crime-prone areas across the country, Nawawi Bin Junoh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Inspector General Police’s Secretariat (Research & Development) told FutureGov.

22 July 2014 | Interview

Japan brings data from businesses, government & citizens together into one interactive site

The City of Kitakyushu in Japan has created an information portal that brings together location-based data from across local businesses, citizens and government.

15 July 2014 | News

GIS is more important than ever to solve today’s world challenges - Esri President

Geographic information provides context and a framework to help solve the world’s most serious challenges, Jack Dangermond, President, Esri said this morning at a gathering of over 16,000 government and industry leaders from over 130 countries.

7 July 2014 | Interview

Twitter #SOS: How Japan used social media for its Great East Japan Earthquake response

Social media is more than just a way to waste time: the Japanese Government used it to save lives during the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. FutureGov has an exclusive interview with Kenji Hiramoto, Executive Advisor to the Government CIO in the Cabinet Secretariat of Japan.

3 July 2014 | News

India state, Kerala, to use crime mapping to try to cut domestic violence

The Indian state government of Kerala has committed to introduce crime mapping in all communities to try to reduce incidents of domestic violence, said Dr M K Muneer, Minister for Panchayats and Social Justice on Monday.

2 July 2014 | News

Queensland saves over US$94m in Australia’s largest mapping project to mitigate floods

The Queensland State Government saved over A$99 million (US$94 million) in the largest Australian mapping project to mitigate flood by using an innovative geographic information system (GIS). The project’s success has caught the attention of the United Nations.

1 July 2014 | News

Singapore police needs better technology, recommends Little India riot inquiry

The committee tasked to review last December’s Little India riot in Singapore recommended that the Singapore Police Force invest in technology that will improve its communications, command and control capabilities.

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