Companies Will Reward GIS/GPS Project Ideas
- By Jill Rosen
- May 01, 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.
Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. (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
that "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 complementary equipment."
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,"
said Christopher Thomas, ESRI's state and local government industry solutions
manager, 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 Aug. 31, 2000. For more information
and applications, see the ESRI World Wide Web site.