Local Government

Local Authorities across Ireland, rely on Esri Ireland's Geographic Information Solutions to improve business intelligence, reduce costs and empower the citizen.

Local Authorities across Ireland – from some of the largest urban centres (Fingal, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire) to some of the more rural (Mayo, Leitrim and Fermanagh) - use Esri GIS. It benefits development control and enforcement, water and drainage, waste and recycling, traffic and parking, housing, water quality and environmental health. Across all services areas within a Local Authority Esri GIS provides a common platform on which the Council can integrate the diverse range of information required to plan and publicise service provision and compliance. 

For the GIS Officer in a Local Authority, ArcGIS offers a modern, stable and well supported platform which has been consistently upgraded to take advantage of the latest technological developments. ArcGIS is built using open standards based commercial off the shelf software in combination with open source and freeware components. Strict adherence to open standards means that ArcGIS can be integrated with existing legacy systems from other vendors and in situe databases. Availability on both Windows and Linux with support for both SQL Server and PostGreSQL means that existing skills can transfer easily to an ArcGIS based environment. 

Over repeated engagements with Local Authorities, Esri Ireland has developed a standard deployment architecture suitable for small to medium Local Authorities. This architecture includes, ArcGIS for Desktop for data management, visualisation and analysis, and web services publication. ArcGIS for Server (on premise) or ArcGIS Online (on cloud SaaS) for web services hosting. The open source ArcGIS Viewer for Flex is provided for building multiple rich immersive Intranet and Internet sites. For more focussed Internet sites a range of open source JavaScript application templates are provided that can be directly embedded in existing web pages. For those Local Authorities that wish to provide information to smartphone or tablet devices, or those that wish to crowd source public information from such devices the free ArcGIS for iOS, Android Windows Phone Apps provide the ideal solution. ArcGIS for Local Authorities is underpinned by a wide range of web services based global data from Esri, Bing, Open Street Map, GeoEye, Navteq licences for which are included in ArcGIS or alternatively OSi Map Genie or LPS SpatialNI web services may be used under licence. Additionally via ArcGIS Online, SpatialNI and GeoPortal.ie and directly from other ArcGIS for Server instances Local Authorities may now help themselves to a wide range of streaming web services from Government Departments, Agencies and other Local Authorities thus saving the overhead of sourcing and maintaining such data in-house. 

“As Local Authorities switch to ArcGIS the feedback has been very positive”. Comments Eamonn Doyle, CTO Esri Ireland. “GIS Officers really appreciate the ease with which they can create, deploy and subsequently modify web and mobile applications using ArcGIS.”

Local Government Case Studies

Roscommon County Council

Roscommon County Council Case Study

Wexford County Council

Wexford County Council Case Study