Washington's snow response GIS mapping system gets a workout

City's Snow Response Reporting System enables residents to see which streets have been plowed, salted

A mapping tool that shows which streets in Washington have been plowed, salted or both is being heavily used today, according to several blogs, Twitter posts and Facebook updates.

The Snow Response Reporting System lets users type in an address and see which surrounding streets have been plowed or salted within a specified date range. The information is presented via a Google Maps interface.

For example, so far today at Columbia Road and 18th Street in Northwest Washington have been plowed and salted, while side streets such as Kalorama Road have not been touched, according to the map.

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra pushed for the development of geographic information systems such as the snow response system when he was the city’s chief technology officer, he told Federal Computer Week in past interviews.

In 2008, while he was still Washington's CTO, the snow response system was one of 10 GIS projects Kundra identified for enhancements, according his testimony at a public oversight hearing about the city’s capital improvements budget.

The city uses GIS maps and databases to support several functions including emergency management and response, economic development and planning, crime analysis and law enforcement, transportation and public works management and disaster recovery according to the city’s Web site.

The Snow Response Reporting System won a significant achievement award from the Public Technology Institute for its 2007-2008 Technology Solutions Awards, according to the institute’s Web site.

 

About the Author

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Washington Technology.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close
SEARCH
 Top 100 Slideshow
contracts DB

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Read More

  • Is SBA MIA on contractor fraud? Nick Wakeman

    Editor Nick Wakeman explores the puzzle of why SBA has been so silent on the latest contractor fraud scandal when it has been so quick to act in other cases. Read More

Webcasts