Many cities and governments are looking for ways to reduce energy waste and make better use of existing resources. GIS technology supports these goals by offering the means to gather, analyze and visualize accurate findings on demand and usage.
Utilities companies have implemented a range of enterprise applications for GIS, including:
- Market analysis
- Environmental impact assessment
- Data integration and process automation
- More efficient workflows and maintenance
Electricity and water providers can place sensors to record, transmit and store real-time data that provides a deeper understanding of how their services are being used. With access to detailed spatial information, companies identify locations where there are issues such as seepage, water loss or unexpected spikes in energy consumption. Repair crews can see precisely where their attention is most needed while companies improve their communications with customers about any changes or service interruptions.
Communities Need Space for Recreation
Access to outdoor spaces is an increasingly important part of urban life, especially as millennials—many of whom grew up in suburbs with plenty of trees, fields and parks—return to city centers. GIS technology can help these young professionals and families have the best of city life without sacrificing the perks of the suburbs.
For example, the Community Design Collaborative, a Philadelphia-based non-profit, used GIS in urban planning and management to identify promising areas that could be revitalized or converted into green spaces. Planners looked at factors such as walkability, sustainability and community needs. By mapping out the possibilities for extending Philadelphians’ access to parks, the Collaborative was able to start developing specific plans for working with neighborhood organizations and other partners to make accomplish these changes.