Building Smart Cities Through Integrated GIS
There is rapid increase in innovations focusing on how cities and fast growing urban environments can be managed efficiently.The availability of accurate information and the ability to access and use it is key to various stakeholders ranging from cities managers,property & utility managers,citizens ,built professionals and investors .
Cities are realizing the need to provide easy and efficient access to open data and interactive platforms to increase governments-to- citizens information sharing and service delivery.Many cities now encourage urban dwellers to access most services via mobile platforms,pay for utility charges through mobile technology.
The growth in the use of mobile platform in Africa for example has resulted to large volumes of data being shared between various agents,these includes location data on daily movements of people ,traffic volumes in major highways,parking spaces within cities,collections and disposal of waster within cities.
GIS with integrated IT technology is key in supporting the crafting and success of the smart cities concept owing to its ability to render and visualize massive location data.
Many cities still struggle to collect,store,manage and share information through geographic information system (GIS) software, most of municipal government agencies still do not have the capacity to collect maintain their own GIS data and serve this information up to others.
This model for smart cities with open and connected spatial data allows all stakeholders to understand the process to develop sustainable cities and adopt the suitable tools and resources to achieve those goals.
Integrated information system based on GIS provides a framework that integrated every aspect of smart city processes – starting from conceptualization, planning, and development to maintenance.