DOWNTOWNDC BID RECEIVES GIS AWARD

Thursday, July 11, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) was the recipient of a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award yesterday at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, California. The award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and the innovative use of Esri's geographic information system (GIS) technology.
 
The DowntownDC BID worked with JMT Technology Group to develop a solution to properly address its customized needs and overhaul a previously manual-based system for public space condition reporting. The solution includes using a mobile application based on Esri ArcGIS software to better identify, report and track elements in public space to enhance Downtown’s overall physical environment and the pedestrian experience.
 
[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"3671","attributes":{"class":"media-image","height":"180","style":"margin: 8px 4px; float: left; border: 1px solid black;","width":"180"}}]]“Previously, we had no formal or centralized location where we stored tracked information,” said Richard H. Bradley, executive director of the BID. “A functioning database and mobile field app now integrate GIS capabilities, reporting tools, and even an open D.C. 311 system. Together, the database and app allow us to identify and report in real time problems or more than 60 different conditions involving our fixed assets, such as street poles and trees, or variable problems that may occur, such as vandalism and abandoned bicycles. The application is also being used to conduct our quarterly nighttime homeless count as well as our new monthly daytime count.”
 
The SAG Awards identify organizations and people who use the power of geography to improve the world and drive change. Organizations worldwide honored at the Esri conference span industries that include agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.
 
“At Esri, we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users," said Esri president Jack Dangermond. "They deserve recognition for both solving their communities’ greatest challenges and their invaluable contributions to the continued evolution of geographic science.”