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Esri recognises GIS initiatives

U.S: Algonquin, a village in Illinois, has started providing enhanced mobile GIS technologies to the administrative staff and public users. The initiative has enabled people to get real-time information on tablets and smart phones. The village has been awarded with Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS Award.

Algonquin has been using GIS technology for more than a decade. It holds the distinction of being one of the first municipalities to deploy a public GIS interactive map. In 2008, the village received a Mobile Government Demonstration Project grant from Esri to purchase tablet computers with software to aid Public Works staff with access to infrastructure data while performing field operations. The village has used GIS technology to enhance communication, collaboration, operational efficiency, and customer service. “GIS offers a cost-effective way to manage our operations. It’s used heavily by all operating departments to manage data and make informed decisions,” said Village President John Schmitt.