Watford Borough Council Selects ESRI (UK) for new corporate GIS

  Council to launch LocalView to improve information delivery to its citizens



23 November, Aylesbury - ESRI (UK) has won a contract with Watford Borough Council to provide a corporate Geographic Information System (GIS) solution, that will help the Council improve the efficiency of business processes and transform service delivery to its 80,000 citizens.

The system, which includes desktop and Intranet solutions, will enable the Council to integrate its back-office systems and create a single corporate database of spatial information for easier access by each of the Council's departments.  ESRI (UK)'s spatial database technology and ArcGIS will be integrated with the existing CAPS UNI-form and LAGAN CRM systems.  .

The solution will also incorporate ESRI (UK)'s LocalView Intranet, a web and database technology which makes map based data accessible to all council staff via the Intranet.  LocalView Intranet enables staff to access and share data with ease, leading to better decision making, earlier identification of trends and ultimately improved services for citizens.  Go-live of LocalView is expected at the end of 2006, with plans to launch an Internet version of the LocalView solution to the general public early 2007.

"The new GIS solution will enable the Council to analyse information from a strategic viewpoint, helping us to run more efficiently and ultimately provide a better services for the citizens of Watford.  We chose to work with ESRI (UK) because its system has been designed for ease of use and tried and tested by other Councils in the UK.  Its technology also closely integrates with the CAPS spatial database solution already up and running in the Council," commented Lieven Hermans, Head of Business Information Services at Watford Borough Council.

ESRI (UK) is the leading provider of corporate solutions to Councils in the UK, including Gedling Borough Council, Manchester City Council and Norfolk County Council.  The company was also recently named as leading GIS software supplier to local government in the 2006 SOCTIM report.

About ESRI (UK)

ESRI (UK) is part of the global ESRI network. With the single, largest pool of GIS expertise in the UK, the company is the technical authority on GIS. ESRI (UK) provides solutions, technology and services including off the shelf applications built on the ArcGIS software suite and an extensive range of consulting and training services.

Its offerings meet a range of business needs in different markets including Business, Local & Central Government, Public Safety, Utilities and Telecommunications, as well as catering for system integrators and application developers through the ESRI Developer Network.

ESRI (UK)'s customers include both public sector clients such as Gedling, Renfrewshire and Braintree councils and businesses, Clarinet, Deloitte Petroleum Services, IBM and Oracle.

For further information visit www.esriuk.com.

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