Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, launches a unique 3D web service engaging citizens to contribute with ideas and suggestions for the development of the city. Citizens can explore the city in 3D on the web and interactively propose projects based on the latest gaming technology. Suggestions are shared on Facebook and rated by the community using common social media features. Users can easily navigate in the virtual 3D model of the city and make changes to the model with user friendly tools. Gothenburg City’s ”MinStad” is based on CityPlanner, a web service developed by the Swedish software company Agency9.
Department of Revenue Investigation (DRI), Nepal has announced to introduce GPS and GIS – based vehicle monitoring system from the next fi scal year, to control the rising trend of revenue fraud.
Australian Navy has digitized more than 400 navigational charts. Hydrographer of Australia Commodore Rod Nairn said the creation of a new electronic mapping service called ‘AusENC’ had required a huge effort by a team of more than 130 Navy and civilian staff at the Australian Hydrographic Service in Wollongong. He said the new charts, which cover the waters around Australia, Papua New Guinea and parts of Antartica, would make sea travel even safer and result in fewer groundings.
GNS Science and Waikato University prepared and released a new geological map of the Hawke’s Bay and central North Island. The map is the fi nal in a series of updated geological maps for New Zealand. The map updated previous geological maps that were published in the 1960s. It combines new information from fi eldwork and hundreds of published and unpublished maps and scientifi c reports, including university thesis studies. The QMAP series of geological maps covers the whole of New Zealand.
The La Trinidad Municipal Police Station, Philippines, received a computerized GIS-based tool which would help in crime analysis and provide better crime solutions. The tool is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present all types of geographical data. It is a tool for mapping geospatial features such as parcels of land, buildings and roads. It will then connect this data to existing databases, thus providing intelligence which will help in analysing different features.
Indian Railway undertook a INR 40 crore project to create a GIS database of its assets including tracks, stations and signals. The GIS-based data system would provide information about the life-cycle of a coach, wagon, locomotive, building, signalling system and other assets. One can also track the schedule of the repair or replacement of a particular asset like the signalling system or track on a particular route. The system would also make the decision making process faster in crisis situation like accidents.
The University of the West Indies (UWI) developed a tool to enhance decisionmaking to reduce the serious economic and social impacts caused by natural hazards in the region. The Caribbean Disaster Risk Atlas has been designed to meet the need for reliable data in the development of comprehensive risk management strategies in the Caribbean.