July 14, 2016
Photo - Lai Chee Siew, Chief Executive Officer, Esri Malaysia
The Malaysian Centre for Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MaCGDI) has won the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award for their MyGOS application, a mission-critical decision-making tool used by government agencies nationwide to support public services.
Esri Malaysia chief executive officer Lai Chee Siew said the global tech award was announced recently by Jack Dangermond, founder and president of global mapping giant Esri, during the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, California.
Lai said MaCGDI beat more than 350,000 commercial and public sector organisations worldwide to receive the honour, which recognises the innovative use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to solve real-world challenges.
MyGOS (Malaysia Geospatial Online Services) is a collaborative platform for geospatial information sharing among government agencies as well as the private sector. The Public Works Department, which is among government agencies using MyGOS, used the tool to monitor potholes and more efficiently manage road repairs and maintenance.
The tool was also used in flood relief operations in Cameron Highlands and Kelantan in 2014, which allowed damage assessment teams to share data via MyGOS with the command and operations centre in real-time. The platform has also helped the National Hydrography Centre to share maritime SDI and charts to the Navy community.
"Geospatial information has been recognised by the government of Malaysia as an essential resource that supports the economic, social, and environmental interests of the nation, and this is evident in the increasing use of GIS technology within the nation to address the needs of various industries and communities," said Lai.
"Through MyGOS, MaCGDI has demonstrated its prowess in using GIS and the recognition of their extraordinary achievement is well-deserved," he said.
Last year, JUPEM received the SAG award for their Geospatial Data Acquisition System (GDAS), a smart mapping system that aims to improve the efficiency of the government's mapping processes.