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News Roundup — August 2019

Curious about August’s app of the month? Wondering what is data completeness in the context of next-generation 9-1-1? How can municipalities transform their property management workflows? Find out these and more in this month’s News Roundup.

Feature Stories

August App of the Month: Map of Accident-Prone Road Segments

Explore our App of the Month that identifies accident-prone roads in the Regional County Municipality of Brome-Missisquoi. It helps determine infrastructure changes needed to support active transportation.

NG9-1-1: Why we need data to be complete

As we stated in the first blog post in this series (NG9-1-1 puts GIS on its map), next-generation 9-1-1 replaces the existing analog 9-1-1 telephone system with a digital Internet Protocol (IP)-based architecture. NG9-1-1 will allow public safety professionals to receive 9-1-1 ‘calls’ from any digital device capable of accessing the internet. In the second post (NG9-1-1: A game changer in public safety), we talked about GIS evolving into a critical component of NG9-1-1. In this blog post, Holly Barkwell, Canadian Region Director of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), explains why NG9-1-1 needs a complete GIS dataset to function properly.

A mid-sized county digitally transforms its property management workflows

Over the last year, the County of Lennox and Addington has revolutionized their property maintenance and management workflows, transitioning from relying on paper forms, emails and phone calls, to a streamlined process built on top of the ArcGIS platform. Read more to learn about the County’s Work Order and Record Keeping (WORKS) system, which was recently recognized at the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Ontario Chapter AGM with a silver award for ‘Innovation in Municipal GIS’.

Top 3 reasons to START using ArcGIS Pro now! Reason #2 revealed

TASKS. Have you heard of this new capability in ArcGIS Pro? Not sure what you would use it for or when you will have time to figure it out? Read this blog post to see why I think you are missing out and what kind of time-saving solutions you could implement with this simple but powerful functionality. It’s reason #2 for many good reasons!

York Region uses open data for digital transformation and public engagement

In my previous blog posts, I shared how releasing open data can help municipalities drive digital transformation. You also learned about how Ottawa and Parkland County created their Open Data portals. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you York Region’s Open Data platform, which received the Open Data for Innovation award at the Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS18) in November 2018. It is perhaps one of the most exciting wins at CODS18 because their program really gives us a glimpse into the future of how a municipality can creatively use open data.

Story Map - EMBC and GeoBC: Enhancing Emergency Management with GIS

Explore this story map to see how GeoBC and Emergency Management BC (EMBC) enhanced emergency management with GIS allowing collaboration among multiple levels of government (federal, provincial, regional and local), commercial and utility organizations, NGOs and First Nations. GeoBC and EMBC received the Award of Excellence in GIS at the Victoria User Conference.

Esri Canada News

Toronto Police Service wins 2019 Esri Special Achievement in GIS award
July 11, 2019

Alamos Gold wins 2019 Esri Special Achievement in GIS award
July 11, 2019

Esri News

Esri to use Mobileye Data for dynamic edge mapping

July 9, 2019

Esri honours organizations for exceptional use of geospatial technology

July 8, 2019

Esri and the Jane Goodall Institute partner to provide community mapping tools to protect nature

July 8, 2019

Esri releases GIS and the 2020 Census

July 1, 2019


ArcNorth News: Law of Commons and GIS at work in Ville de Lévis
Giving its stakeholders a way to participate proactively in maintaining shared assets in their community can go a long way in enhancing asset life. Read how Ville de Lévis used ArcGIS technology to initiate a collaborative pothole-reporting tool.

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WhereNext Magazine: What 2019’s smartest cities have in common

WhereNext is Esri’s digital magazine for business leaders. In this article, read about how architects, engineers and construction managers are discovering that a new combination of 3D digital technologies offers a sound defence against project delays and cost overruns.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: Smart Cities, Smart Utilities: Keys to Success

Today’s leading cities use a powerful combination of location technology, sensors and sophisticated analytics to get ahead of infrastructure crises before they occur. Hear Chris Stern, head of global strategy and development for smart cities and utilities at Trimble, talk about the importance of data-driven technology in community engagement and operational efficiency.


Video: York Region delivers open data using ArcGIS

The Regional Municipality of York recently launched its open data portal using Esri technology. In doing so and creating “personas”, the Region helps people easily navigate the site for data they want. It has also significantly increased constituent engagement by providing tools that are easy to use and interact with. To learn more, read this blog post.