Nebraska county combines GIS technology, cloud computing to streamline local government functions
August 16, 2012
Maintaining and updating map layers and other GIS data used for zoning, property assessment, and emergency response are some of local government's most important functions, according to a recent article in Government Technology. As the technology matures, an increasing amount of that information is being stored in the cloud. Such is the case for Douglas County, Nebraska, which uses a cloud solution to test and run GIS applications.
Since 2010, Douglas County, whose boundaries include Omaha, has been storing GIS-based applications in Amazon's cloud. Douglas County officials cite benefits from the Esri-Amazon package that are typical of cloud computing: no more operating desktop and server products locally, less staff time spent on managing hardware because there are fewer physical servers being used, and less worry about performing software upgrades and dealing with server outages.