The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has won the "Geospatial World Excellence Award 2013—Transportation Management" for its innovative use of geospatial technology in the planning, development and management of land transport under its "GIS@LTA" project. LTA is the first government agency in Singapore to be accorded this recognition and is the second in Asia, after Taipei City Government who won in 2011.
The Geospatial World Excellence Awards recognise excellence in best practices, innovations and policies that have helped shape the future of the geospatial industry and innovations in the global geospatial industry.
Photo: Mrs Rosina Howe-Teo (right) with Dr. Vanessa Lawrence.
The award was received by Mrs Rosina Howe-Teo, Group Director, Innovation & InfoComm Technology from Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Ordnance Survey (UK) and Co-Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geographic Information (UN-GGIM), at the Geospatial World Forum 2013 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on 15 May this year.
The award recognises LTA's leading effort in integrating GIS with a wide variety of technologies such as data analytics, location based services and crowd sourcing to deliver collaborative innovations for its citizens and businesses.
These integration strategies are actively pursued by major cities around the world and are widely promoted by world organisations such as the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE).
Said Mrs Howe-Teo: "GIS is used to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. It also helps us answer questions and solve challenges by looking at our data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared."
She added that the initiative further supports LTA's open data strategy by making such data more accessible and encouraging innovation. LTA aims to engage individuals, businesses and communities to bring their map-based ideas to life to make improvements together.
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