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.