Building Smarter Utilities using GIS
GIS collects, models, stores, manipulates, analyzes, retrieves and presents geodata. The key attribute of a GIS is the integration of geometric and thematic attributes of spatial objects. Geometric data describes the precise location of an object within its surrounding environment, while thematic data describes the object’s other attributes.
This blog focuses on how GIS can be used to make utilities like Power distribution, Water distribution and Solid Waste Management smart.
GIS as a building block to make utilities smart
The existing cities are bulging with people creating a pressure on its resources and services it offers to them. This has led to the concept of new Smart cities has accommodated to growing urban population. The concept of smart cities is emerging rapidly in recent years with increase in urban population like never before. The concept smart is more user friendly and intelligent. A Smart City adapts itself to the citizen needs and provides customized IT-enabled interfaces to monitor and integrate conditions of all its critical infrastructures, including roads, bridges, tunnels, rails, subways, airports, seaports, communications, water, power, even major buildings, for optimizing its resources. This can further be extended to plan preventive maintenance activities and monitor security aspects while maximizing services to its citizens
GIS plays a vital role in making these elements smart. GIS has evolved significantly over the years with contribution from information technology, remote sensing etc. to a rapidly expanding primary technology for understanding our planet and related geospatial opportunities to foster a sustainable world.
• Reduce waste of water or energy resources
• Check inflow and infiltration of rainwater and groundwater into sewer systems
• Improve emergency responses to leaks, breaks and downed power lines
• And much more…
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