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News Roundup — October 2019

Curious about October’s App of the Month? What is the importance of data accuracy and currency in NG9-1-1? How does the Missing Children Society of Canada rescu web app allow the public to be part of the search for missing children? Find out these and more in this month’s News Roundup.

Feature Stories

App of the Month: 3D Massing Model - Planning Information Hub

The Planning Information Hub is a story map created by City of Mississauga’s Planning and Building Department. It includes a 3D massing model of the city that assists staff with urban planning and engaging the community in planning projects.

NG9-1-1: GIS Data accuracy and currency

The 9-1-1 system is all about routing a call to the most appropriate 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). NG9-1-1 will migrate from using pre-built tables that depend on hard-coded links between civic address location and PSAPs to using actual call coordinates to find the appropriate 9-1-1 PSAP servicing a location. Learn about the importance of data accuracy and currency in NG9-1-1 in this blog post.

What is a geospatial infrastructure and why is it important?

Most geospatial practitioners are familiar with using a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) for sharing, viewing and analyzing geospatial data over the web. But there seems to be some confusion on what a geospatial infrastructure is. Read this blog post to find out the difference between a geospatial infrastructure and a spatial data infrastructure.

Let’s talk about the ArcGIS Utility Network - who’s done it, who’s doing it and why?

If you’re an Esri customer or an Esri business partner and you interact in any way with our utility industry teams (electric, gas, water, telecom or pipelines), you must have heard a lot about the Utility Network. Esri has been building and supporting spatial asset and network management technology for decades, but the Utility Network, first released in Q1 2018, is a new beast.

GIS data – what is positional accuracy and why is it so important?

Spatial data positional accuracy considerations are particularly important in spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) as users have access to a disparate set of data layers that are of diverse vintages, have been collected differently and for purposes other than what they are being used for. When an SDI user brings assorted data layers together for viewing and analysis in a map, spatial discrepancies may be quite apparent between the layers and these discrepancies make the data difficult or impossible to use for analytics.

Story Map: AltaGas Utilities Improves Utility Network Management with GIS

Find out how AltaGas Utilities Inc. (AUI), a regulated gas distributor in Alberta, has implemented a new GIS-based network management solution that enables its staff to more efficiently create, manage and share information about its network. 

Esri Canada News

AltaGas Utilities Inc. goes live with Esri’s Utility Network Management solution

September 25, 2019

Help find missing children in Canada faster: Use the MCSC rescu web app

September 10, 2019

Improved mass property appraisals now possible with Assessment Analyst – GAMA

September 09, 2019

Esri News

Esri Releases ArcGIS QuickCapture, a one-touch field data collection application

October 01, 2019


ArcNorth News: ‘Code Red’ by Steve Buist: Groundbreaking journalism using GIS

Steve Buist, an investigations editor with The Hamilton Spectator, approaches stories “like a scientist”.  Many reporters go through the facts looking for what they think is the story. Buist prefers to collect the information and analyze it. Find out how Buist uses GIS in his journalistic career.

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WhereNext Magazine: Retailers combine CRM and GIS to understand customers

WhereNext is Esri’s digital magazine for business leaders. In this article, find out how two trusted technologies come together to provide answers to retail executives searching for ways to understand how and where their customers want to shop.

Esri & The Science of Where Podcast: Why smart companies focus on data, context, and water

New York Times best-selling author and business journalist Charles Fishman talks about the power of context for business continuity.

Video: Help Find Missing Children in Canada Faster: Use the MCSC rescu Web App

Now, you can be part of the search for missing children in Canada with the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) rescu web app. Leveraging Esri's ArcGIS technology, users of the app can view information on missing children in Canada, subscribe to receive SMS text alerts on new cases in their area and submit tips on existing cases. Access the app at