SANDY SPRINGS – October 26, 2017 – The City of Sandy Springs has been recognized by URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) for the City’s use of geospatial information technology (GIS) to improve delivery and quality of government services. The City was awarded top honors in the Single Process System Category during URISA’s Exemplary Systems in Government Awards presentation on October 25, 2017. The award competition is open to all public agencies at the federal, state/provincial, regional and local levels.
The award presented highlighted the City’s use of GIS as part of its Emergency Operations Center to facilitate operations and response by emergency personnel during a 2017 winter ice storm. The City implemented a central GIS live map providing situational awareness, displaying field-collected road temperatures, GPS locations of fleet vehicles and mapped reported incidents.
“Situational awareness during an emergency is a complex process that is critical to implementing successful operations during an emergency. The addition of this GIS mapping tool provided more accurate location of resources and conditions, aiding in our ability to prioritize and allocate teams,” said Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough.
The GIS solution includes a central web map displaying real-time field data collection, accurate reference layers and mobile access to the map for all team members. The map allows users to input data including road temperatures and active incidents, and permits uploading of photos, status updates and incident notes. The data can be exported following the event for reporting and event evaluation purposes. The system is flexible, providing situational support for following events including the recent emergency operations related to Hurricane Irma.