The Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) is partnering with Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) for the deployment of ESRI GIS Software Platform towards the development of street addressing scheme for standard addressing system in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) using the Nigerian standard for the Abuja Smart City development. The partnership will commence with a pilot street project that will be implemented using the local ESRI authorized partner.
The President of the American multinational Geographic Information System Software Company, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Mr. Jack Dangermond donated the GIS Software worth over One Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($100,000) for the Project.
Mr. Jack Dangermond, who was part of the Abuja Master plan Consultants in the early 1970’s donated this software as part of his contribution towards the development and efficient management of the City.
The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the FCTA while the President of the ESRI, Mr. Jack Dangermond signed on behalf of ESRI. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Surveyor General of the Federation (SGoF) Surv Abuduganiyu Adeyemi Adebomehin in San Diago, USA, the Director/CEO, Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), Dr. Isa Jalo and Director of Legal Drafting, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Mr. Ahmed Ismaila.
It is very important to note that the development and subsequent deployment of an efficient addressing system will help in the transformation of Abuja into a smart City, providing accurate and accessible platforms to support contact tracing, vaccination campaigns, courier delivery, postal services, utility services such as water and sewage, Electricity supply, internet, billing, emergency dispatch/response, disaster management, household surveys/census, property registration, valuation and taxation, Urban Planning, Real Estate, opening bank accounts, driver’s registration, National identification and other smart City initiatives.
The development of an e-commerce platform using ESRI’s Geospatial Infrastructure will also greatly grow revenue for the Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS). The provision of these services to private and other Government Agencies is greatly dependent on having a standard addressing system that is reliable, Authoritative and seamlessly accessible.
Other benefits of having a GIS based addressing system include supporting financial development and economic diversification through location and verification of assets. It will also ensure that Government entities meet their revenue generation targets through valuation assessment and taxation.
The Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) is the World market Leader for mapping, location intelligence and Geographic Information System (GIS) Software, it is the developer, owner, and licensor of the ArcGIS platforms. Founded in 1969 by Jack and Laura Dangermond, ESRI now has Users among 90% of Fortune 100 businesses, the majority of National Governments, 30,000 Towns and Local Governments across the World. All fifty (50) US States, 12,000 Colleges, and more than 350,000 Organizations across various industries across the World.
ESRI is engaged in addressing on several levels, from a project implementation level, to Standards, to out-of-the-box addressing solutions and field data collection applications. Notable of these solutions is the Abu Dhabi addressing, Geonames and Signage system (ADAGS 2014-2019) and Egypt Postcode system (2017-2020).