Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, is a computerized system used to store, retrieve, manipulate and analyze spatial data. The Development Authority has a sophisticated GIS program that it uses to not only track its own infrastructure, but is available to municipalities to track their assets as well.
Please click the link for a short video that describes GIS and its many uses across New York State. This video was produced by the New York State GIS Association.
The Development Authority of the North Country (Authority), in cooperation with its partners (including Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties; City of Watertown; and the Tug Hill Commission), recently completed a feasibility study evaluating opportunities to share GIS services within the region. A grant award from New York State's Local Government Efficiency Program (LGEP) subsidized the cost of hiring a consultant to develop shared GIS services recommendations. The study identified a total of seven recommendations (3 capital projects and 4 administrative items) which would effectively consolidate GIS services among the Authority and its partners, improve efficiencies, and offer better GIS services to the public within a cost structure that is sustainable in the long-term.
Two of the recommendations are directly applicable to the public and include development of a Regional Public GIS Map Viewer and acquisition of Light Detecting and Ranging (LiDAR) data. LiDAR data provide very accurate and detailed elevations and can be used for preliminary engineering for municipal highway and economic development projects. Currently, Northern New York is the largest region in the state without access to LiDAR data. The Authority will be applying for a second round of LGEP funding to implement the study's recommendations with cooperation from its partners.
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) is a control-system used in industrial, infrastructure, and facility-based systems for monitoring and controlling processes in real-time. SCADA is used by the Development Authority to monitor water and wastewater plants and systems, and is available to umunicipalities as a value-added service.
Enterprise Content Management System (ECMS) is a computerized system used to capture, manage, store, preserve and retrieve an organization's digital records. The Development Authority is exploring ways to utilize ECMS within its operations.