Been using GIS for 7yrs now to help in urban planning decisions
Advanced mapping platform integrates and analyses data from multiple systems
ISKANDAR Malaysia has been deploying Geographic Information System (GIS) technology from geospatial solutions provider Esri Malaysia, the local subsidiary of Redlands, California-based Esri Inc (formerly Environmental Systems Research Institute).
The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), which manages the Iskandar Malaysia development hub in the southern state of Johor, has been using the advanced mapping platform which integrates and analyses data from multiple business systems, Esri Malaysia said in a statement.
“Iskandar Malaysia was designed with investors in mind, [and] deciding where to put up facilities, commercial and residential areas, and theme parks, all required impeccable planning and design,” said IRDA chief executive officer Ismail Ibrahim (pic).
“By using GIS, we got a holistic view of our socio-economic environment, enabling us to assess the various elements that might affect Iskandar Malaysia’s business environment and the overall liveability of communities,” he added.
Ismail said that apart from visualising information on an intuitive map, with the GIS technology, IRDA was also able to facilitate efficient data sharing across various government departments.
Esri Malaysia chief executive officer Lai Chee Siew said IRDA has been using GIS technology for more than seven years, and it would continue to hold a crucial role in ‘future-proofing’ the region.
“Economic developers need decision-making tools that help them conduct analysis, display and disseminate results and make informed decisions about where to locate new businesses or grow existing ones,” he said.
“GIS technology is proven to be an effective tool in delivering these functionalities, as it provides a powerful analytic platform to slice, dice and visualise big data sets.
“The technology allows users to visualise and analyse big data in a way that reveals patterns, trends, and relationships that are often overlooked in static reports and spreadsheets.
“Even if data exists in many disparate systems, GIS technology can pull it all together to help users focus on their decision-making – which is why it is important for IRDA,” he added.
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