Canadian city implements new award-winning electronic mapping system

Canadian city implements new award-winning electronic mapping system

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 17 October 2006 – eMaps, an award-winning online mapping system that provides access to up-to-date City-held mapping data, was launched on the Mississauga City’s website.

“The use of online maps, has become quite popular over the last few years,” said Rekha Jethva, Acting Director of Information Technology. “eMaps provides a unique service to residents and businesses of Mississauga by offering 24/7 access to City maps.”

Jethva explained that like other online maps, users can search for locations in Mississauga by address or street intersection, zoom in and out for more or less detail and click and drag to view other areas of the map. What differentiates eMaps is the ability to overlay detailed map layers, including viewing aerial photography of the city dating back to 1954 and property mapping, which displays property lines. Maps can also be saved, e-mailed and printed.

The current version of eMaps was designed to be navigated using Microsoft Internet Explorer; however, future plans for the system include broadening its compatibility with other Internet browsers. Other future plans for the system include introducing maps of City facilities, such as parks, community centres and libraries.

eMaps was created in partnership with Bentley, an international software company headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania. In May 2006, eMaps won the Bentley Empowered Award of Excellence for Geospatial Web Publishing, honouring its ingenuity and recognizing it as an industry leader. eMaps is just one of more than 25 online services offered by the City of Mississauga through its website, eCity and can be found at www.mississauga.ca/portal/services/maps.

Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City delivers quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is recognized as Canada’s safest city.