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Decades of unplanned urbanization gave rise to transport perils, sanitation hazards, slums, inadequate housing,
corruption, rampant pollution and rise of global epidemics like Ebola and Zika. Together with vulnerabilities to extreme
weather patterns, the problems of urbanization have become global concerns.

What is a Smart City?

The Smart City concept is a tech savvy way to address issues of unplanned urbanization. While definitions vary
according to the levels of deployment, scale, community aspirations, and geographies, certain underlying features
clearly characterize a Smart City. A Smart City is based on knowledge and innovation, functioning 24 x7 in a cloud
environment, for best citizen services and sustainable practices.

Smart City GIS is thus an integrated cross-sectoral platform to collect, manage, compile, analyze and visualize spatio-
temporal information for sustainable urban planning, development and management.

GIS in Smart Cities

A simple explanation of GIS in Smart Cities would be

In addition to the components of GIS, the Smart City GIS framework has to be ‘always-on’ and connected for a seamless
flow of information. For this, the cloud is the ultimate enabler.

STAKEHOLDERS – government, private players, community / citizen

 Government (local) as the policy maker, planner, facilitator, service provider, infrastructure provider,
centralized repository of information (web portals, digitized municipal records) or primary participant in public-
private partnerships
 Private Players as infrastructure and service enablers – builders, contractors, data providers, service providers,
analysts or participant in public-private partnerships

 Community / citizen body as the user of public assets and services, as active participant in open governance,
and a vital link in the ‘connected communities’ set-up that sets apart a smart city.

How GIS Is Used in the Planning and Development of Smart Cities?

GIS is deployed at every stage of planning and development of a
Smart City. The underlying framework is served by ICT
(Information and Communications Technologies), while the focus
is on the ‘spatial’ or GIS. The common platform operates through
all stages of the life cycle – from modelling, planning, building to
managing – across the full spectrum of functionalities.

Spatial planning – with one or more thrust areas of deployment.

For instance, an existing city may focus on smart solid waste
management using big data and GIS (Sweden, San Francisco),
while a new city may be developed wholly as a ‘green’ tourist hub
(Lavasa, India).

How GIS unlocks the value of a Digitized Urban



Software / Platform – ESRI City Engine, ArcGIS Water Utility solutions, GIS Cloud and more
Tools –ESRI-India’s smart planning tools, SAP software platform, Hexagon Geospatial, SuperGeo Geospatial
Corporation, and others

AREAS OF DEPLOYMENT – – Land use planning, comprehensive waste management, climate resilience of city and
community, smart transportation grid, smart utilities metering and grid, smart open data governance, smarter
community services, slum management, energy efficient buildings, smart energy grid / renewable energy framework,
smart water (Tauranga), asset management, e-services, planning and analysis in 3D (Auckland), citizen services.

 To create an interactive and smart Geographical Information System of PEC University of Technology
which will help achieve the following benefits:
1. Smart Planning of land and infrastructure for future purposes.
2. Location Based Mapping to find directions to your destination.
3. Database of Campus Buildings, Roads, Parking, Residential Buildings and important utilities.
4. Information about location of Emergency Services and Evacuation Plan.
5. Information about the green cover and drainage of the area.


 PHASE 1 (4 months)
The phase 1 will include the creation of map of the PEC Campus by using aerial photography (drone
mapping) followed by creation of various features on this aerial photograph which will lead to the
formation of a GIS of the campus. The water and sewage pipeline along with electrical poles and lines
will be also drawn as features. This will help the administration in maintenance and future planning
of land and infrastructure.
 PHASE 2 (4 months)
The phase 2 will include the creation of a web based application which could be accessed by all
depending on the level of permissions they have. This will also have indoor maps of the buildings and
information about the green cover and drainage of the campus area. Road use and parking space
with capacity will be highlighted. An interactive tour of the college will be an added feature.


This project includes two phases