Hub includes government data and spatial analytic capabilities that were previously only accessible to internal staff
Esri, a provider of geographic information systems (GIS) technology, has introduced ArcGIS Hub, an online portal that aims to help foster deeper citizen engagement and turn civic aspirations into action.
The hub serves as the next step for cities looking to become smart communities. It extends the capabilities of a government’s location intelligence technology into the hands of citizens and makes it possible to address, measure, and solve complex civic challenges fast and cost-effectively, said Esri.
As a public engagement solution, ArcGIS Hub also includes government data and spatial analytic capabilities that were previously only accessible to internal staff. Members of the public can collaborate with government officials to help enact solutions to meet challenges such as fixing aging infrastructure, attracting new businesses, mitigating the effects of rising sea levels, and managing increasing urban populations, added Esri.
Communities can launch engaging initiative sites through applications. For example, the Vision Zero project features dashboards that show where local traffic fatalities are occurring at the highest rate.
Citizens can then provide feedback via surveys and crowdsourcing tools that help cities target areas where traffic lights are needed or where additional protections for pedestrians and bicyclists should be built.
“This is a revolutionary new product because it helps turn the data and goals of a community into policy,” said Jack Dangermond, founder and president, Esri.
“ArcGIS Hub provides a resource where citizens and local businesses can use or build their own apps that address local priorities. Initiatives such as Vision Zero to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2025 can seem daunting to achieve, but now communities can harness the power of data and collaboration to supercharge civic initiatives and move beyond planning.”
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