Application of real-time GIS cloud-based context-aware information services for local government emergency preparedness in the era of big data for a resilient and smart city management

Authors: Mbongowo Mbuh*, Department of Geography and Geographical Information Science, University of North Dakota, Peter Brandt, Department of Geography and Geographical Information Science, University of North Dakota.
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Smart city, Real time GIS, Operational dashboard, Big data, Survey 123 for ArcGIS.
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Roosevelt 5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The world is rapidly urbanizing. In the 18th century < 5% of the world’s population lived in cities, but by 2050 that figure is projected to hit 60%. While this urbanization of society has its advantages, it can easily go awry with poor land use management, unsuitable urban design, and mismanagement of municipal resources. consequently, residents are forced to deal with traffic congestion, pollution, crime, and other hazards to well-being. In response to the challenges of urban society, using innovative, technology-based approaches to make communities more safe, livable, well-run, healthy, prosperous and sustainable, we used state-of-the-art technologies, and communication-based applications within the context of smart cities, in achieving the goal of building intelligent communities with big data and Internet of Things (IoT). The aim of this study was to develop a location-based emergency preparedness system for the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The study uses of Survey123 for ArcGIS, a form-centric data gathering solution that makes creating, sharing, and analyzing surveys simple and intuitive. The approach also enables the adoption of a citizen science approach through participation GIS, using the public to gather data so that city officials can better assist the community’s preparedness for floods and winter storms. The survey was designed to collect an assortment of information from each respondent. The survey’s ability to gather standardized data about the preparedness of a city’s residents in an efficient manner could provide city officials with information about the preparedness of their citizens, revealing the effectiveness of public education initiatives.

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