Sault Ste. Marie Touts ‘Super GIS’
Geographic information systems (GIS) are imposing applications. Designed to render a comprehensive, multilayered description of natural and built environments, GISs have found a multitude of uses over the years. But sometimes even they can still go above and beyond the call.
The GIS odyssey of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., presented Wednesday at a Smart Cities conference in Toronto, is an example of how municipalities can leverage the technology.
Tom Vair, the executive director of the city’s Innovation Centre (SSMIC) described how a joint initiative by the local municipal government and Sault Ste. Marie Public Utilities Co., the local power and water utility, to implement a GIS quickly became a groundbreaking initiative.