Cities around the country are investing in geographic information technology systems (GIS) to improve functionality of city services; from snow plowing streets, examining stormwater drainage systems, to faster turn-around in many city departments, such as property tax assessment, due to the availability of real-time data. In collaboration with Esri, a GIS provider, the city of Los Angeles is increasing efficiency and speed of service to its communities through a new mapping open data system called GeoHub. Real-time data gives city departments such as sanitation, fire and utility workers a complete picture of what is happening on Los Angeles city streets enabling quicker response times and situation assessment.
City residents also are able to better understand their community. Three applications that will utilize this technology are in development. The apps will show active right of way permits, street repaving progress, and, improve pedestrian safety by identifying dangerous, congested intersections.Third parties, such as businesses, students, researchers and others “can create new apps from the hub application program interfaces”. The possibilities are endless. Read the complete article “Map platform puts open data to work in Los Angeles”, from americancity&county.com, and watch the video, here.
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