Using smart mapping technology to develop our cities

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SMART mapping technology can be utilised to assist in the development of cities in Brunei while improving the living conditions of communities, according to a consultant.

During the recently concluded seminar on smarter cities organised by the e-Government Innovation Centre at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, the Chief Technology Strategist at ESRI South Asia, Anjusha Sandeep, said that the usage of Geographic Information System (GIS) should be considered to help make the right plans for cities.

The use of the technology already forms the basis of cities around the world such as Singapore and she suggested that it would also assist the Sultanate in its future development of major cities.

“Today, city planners are struggling to keep up with a growing population, changing expectations of citizens, and competing demands for better and globally competitive facilities to support commerce, recreation, transportation and utilities among others,” said Sandeep when she delivered her talk titled “Geo-Smart Cities – The Power of Location”.

“In order to make well-informed decisions and achieve a greater understanding of the trade-offs involved, city planners require powerful tools such as GIS technology to help them refine their understanding of their data like never before,” she continued.

Discovering suitable locations for good and effective public housing, easy access for residents to community resources, impacts on lifestyle and community health could be understood from the use of the technology as the technology integrates and analyses data from multiple business systems to create a dynamic and interactive map-based view of information.

“The technology allows city planners and policymakers to derive smarter insights, discover new opportunities and identify potential risks in proposed developments. The benefits of GIS technology go beyond the simple task of looking at a plot of land to build public housing or the next business district,” explained Sandeep.

Additionally, Sandeep said that the technology would allow city planners and policymakers to come to smarter insights while discovering both new opportunities and to identify potential risks in proposed development.

“Having this capability empowers planners to not only improve their current practice of identifying and assessing potential commercial and residential sites, but also transform how they serve and engage their constituents,” she said.

“Furthermore, it enables city planners to confidently make informed decisions that support living breathing communities rather than sterile urban neighbourhoods.”

The smarter cities conference was held at the Core and saw several regional speakers talk of urban development and issues related to it.

The Brunei Times