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Tokyo Metropolitan Government begins new era in city planning with unique GIS implementation

Redlands, California, 3 July 2006 – The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), a longtime user of ESRI’s geographic information system (GIS) software, has implemented a Web based system that promises broad new capabilities and greatly expanded use throughout the government.

“Since TMG first began using ArcInfo on an IBM mainframe in the early ‘90s, the fact that GIS can take a pivotal role in city planning has been increasingly recognized within the Tokyo government. In order to make more effective use of its GIS for city planning, it was decided to build an urban planning system using ArcGIS Server,” commented Chiharu Masaki, Managing Director at ESRI Japan.

The new Tokyo Metropolitan Urban Planning GIS is a Web-based system that meets the security requirements of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Local Area Network system. The GIS was designed with multiple menus and functions adapted to the various functions and skills of the operators.

Presently, TMG’s Bureau of Urban Development enables all 1,500 bureau staff members to use GIS to view and edit a wide variety of city planning information from their PCs, which boosts their productivity. In the future, TMG anticipates that the GIS will be available to all TMG departments, allowing instant on-line access to more than 30,000 staff members. TMG’s new GIS product configuration includes ESRI’s ArcGIS Server, ArcSDE, ArcIMS, ArcInfo, ArcView, Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, and Network Analyst.