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News Roundup — June 2019

What is the app of the month? What’s the role of GIS in Next-Generation 9-1-1? How do City of Ottawa and Parkland County use GIS to open data? Find out these and more in the June News Roundup.

Feature Stories

June’s App of the Month: Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup: Dirty Dozen

The amount of litter accumulating on our lakeshores is shocking. Imagine how much more litter there is across the oceans. June’s App of the Month, The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup’s Dirty Dozen, helps us visualize that and identifies the top 12 litter found along Canadian shores.

NG9-1-1 puts GIS on its map

Canada is preparing to write a new chapter in public safety and emergency services. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has mandated telecommunications service providers to upgrade the current analog-based national 9-1-1 system to digital-based Next-Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) by June 2020. 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Centres are expected to begin transitioning to the new NG9-1-1 ecosystem shortly thereafter. Find out more about the role of GIS in the implementation of NG9-1-1.

NG9-1-1: A game changer in public safety

The incorporation of text, social media, video, pictures and non-human interfaces to 9-1-1 calls is going to revolutionize emergency response service delivery. The next generation 9-1-1 is expected to save more lives; and, GIS systems and services are a core function of that formula. Holly Barkwell, president and CEO of BH Group Inc. and Canadian region director of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), shares her expertise in this post.

It’s time to release your open data and help drive digital transformation

Open Data initiatives are becoming a strategic priority for many municipalities as city leaders look for new and innovative ways to enhance digital service delivery across their organization. A common phrase for Open Data initiatives is “running Open Data off of the corner of my desk”. While this isn’t an ideal situation, ArcGIS Open Data is an easy-to-deploy and maintain platform for opening your authoritative data.

Enabling your ArcGIS Open Data: A Tale of Two Data Portals

Open data is a core element of a Smart City and enabling open data has become easier than ever. Any municipality with an ArcGIS Online subscription can use ArcGIS Hub to enable open data and create an open data site for no additional cost. Find out what the City of Ottawa and Parkland County in Alberta have to share about their experience releasing their Open Data portals, and what their future plans are for open data.

Maintenance and asset management for small to mid-sized municipalities

Are you part of an organization that is responsible for managing infrastructure for the well-being of citizens and customers? Your objectives may include reducing costs and downtime, reducing risks and liabilities, or improving performance and service levels. If so, it is essential to have a plan and process in place to facilitate effective operations management. Workforce Starter Solution (WSS) is a cost-effective service package that leverages the ArcGIS suite of apps to support the needs of infrastructure maintenance management.

Story Map:  GIS at New Gold Rainy River: From Exploration to Production

Find out how New Gold Inc., an intermediate gold mining company with two producing mines in Canada: Rainy River mine located approximately 50 kilometres northwest of Fort Frances and New Afton in British Columbia, improved information management and collaboration across its mining operations using GIS. New Gold Inc. received the Esri Canada Award of Excellence in GIS at the Thunder Bay User Conference.

Esri News

Esri Releases ArcGIS Excalibur, An Integrated Imagery Application

May 31, 2019

Esri Partners with AgIntegrated to Bring Users Precision Agriculture

May 30, 2019

Esri Poster Contest Winners Announced at AAG Annual Meeting

May 23, 2019

Qatar Centre for GIS Partners with Esri to Enhance Its National Mapping Capabilities

May 23, 2019

Esri Expands Data and Software Options for Business and Government Users

May 16, 2019

Esri Announces Significant Expansion in St. Louis to Serve Rapidly Growing Geospatial Market

May 15, 2019

United Nations Unveils Gender Statistics Story Map Built with Esri on the SDG Hub

May 13, 2019

Esri Geospatial Cloud Delivers Beyond the GIS Department

May 6, 2019

GLA Between Esri and the Government of Oman

May 1, 2019


ArcNorth News: Sustaining Canada’s Forests Using Spatial Analytics

How can spatial analytics help Canadian forest industry meet increasing demand for wood products and yet, support sustainability of the wide range of values that our massive forests provide? Forsite shares its experience of more than 30 years of leveraging GIS for effective and sustainable forest management.

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WhereNext Magazine: NextTech: Seeing Buildings Before They’re Born

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: Retail: Rethinking Customer Journeys with Next-Generation Location Analytics

The goal of the series is to help executives and leaders in industry and government understand how modern GIS technology enables digital transformation and drives growth. In this podcast, Leslie Hand, Vice President of Retail Insights at IDC, shares how today’s leading executives in retail are combining AI, real-time data and location intelligence to strategically engage customers.

Video: Esri Spotlight - General Motors

Paul Rossi, supply chain risk management lead at General Motors, talks about how ArcGIS is helping the company create a more resilient supply chain and successfully operate a global manufacturing base.  

About the Author

Dimpee Shah is a Marketing Specialist for Esri Canada. The power of geography and its ability to build ‘real connections’ fascinate her. Dimpee has a bachelor’s degree in mass media with majors in advertising and public relations. She has over 10 years of international experience in developing and executing communications campaigns to meet business objectives. Her love for performing arts has inspired her to always put her best foot forward.

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