Companies will reward GIS/GPS project ideas
- By Jill Rosen
- Mar 22, 2000
Government agencies with great ideas for how to use global positioning systems
with geographic information systems could win help executing those programs
in a contest sponsored by two companies.
ESRI, which makes GIS software, and Leica Geosystems, which makes surveying
and land records products, are sponsoring the contest, the State and Local
Government GIS/GPS Demonstration Project Program. The companies will pick
10 state and local government agencies who "thoroughly communicate an understanding
of both GIS and GPS technology while exhibiting an ability to complete the
project through matching support in management, budgeting, staffing and
The companies will help the winners establish a model for their ideas
and use the resulting programs to demonstrate the benefits of incorporating
technology into daily operations. Each winner will receive software, hardware
and training totaling $18,900.
The program is open to all state and local government agencies as well
as quasi-public agencies and departments within an organization.
"We are looking for projects implementing nontraditional uses of GPS,"
Christopher Thomas, ESRI's state and local government industry solutions
manager, said in a statement. Examples include using GIS/GPS to solve problems
in asset management, health care, fire prevention planning and environmental
Applications can be submitted through August, 31, 2000. For more information
and applications, see the ESRI Web site.