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May. 10, 2013 10:00 am

City wins international GIS award for crime-mapping system

Launched in October 2012, the GIS is one part of what project manager Grant Ervin called "the biggest public safety GIS in the country," which will eventually support the Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management.

A screenshot of the heat map feature on the Police Department's updated GIS system, developed by Grant Ervin and his team.

The team behind the Police Department‘s updated crime mapping system won a Special Achievement Award from GIS firm Esri, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Launched in October 2012, the GIS is one part of what project manager Grant Ervin called “the biggest public safety GIS in the country,” which will eventually support the Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management. Before the new system launched, officers used a painfully slow 90s-era mapping software or paper maps. The award-winning system took roughly two years, $260,000 and five to seven staffers to build, Ervin said.

Read more about the new system and its capabilities in our story here.

The team, composed of staffers from the Police Department and the Managing Director’s Office, will receive the award in July at Esri’s International User Conference, according to the Daily News report.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called β€œIt’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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