How Livability Works

Livability is about more than the way a community looks. At their core, livable communities have to juggle multiple priorities to reduce congestion, safely manage water and waste, and create the infrastructure for sustained success. When GIS connects the community to government programs, crowdsourced information can combine with enterprise data and IOT feeds to proactively assess where necessary infrastructure repairs and other opportunities to improve livability exist.

Liveable Community Organizations

A Location-Based Approach to Smart Infrastructure

It Starts with Where

The location-based approach is a way of problem solving that integrates geographic information into how you understand and manage your infrastructure. It opens information to more people and helps reveal critical issues that promote livability.

Roads and

Roads and Bridges

Are you able to inventory and map right of way assets and critical infrastructure?

ArcGIS simplifies monitoring the condition of roads and managing rights-of-way assets. It helps you coordinate street sweeping, snow removal, and road maintenance—all within an intuitive mapping system. Users can visualize street, road, and bridge infrastructure in all dimensions to better evaluate capacity, risk, and environmental regulations compliance. To dispatch your workforce and resources intelligently, ArcGIS provides preconfigured apps, dashboards, and templates that help you oversee critical assets, schedule crews, and run traffic scenarios more precisely than you ever thought possible.

Vector Surveillance

Vector Surveillance and Control

Can you proactively attack a mosquito invasion?

ArcGIS gives public works professionals and mosquito abatement districts the ability to prevent or mitigate the spread of mosquitos and vector threats through proactive planning and spraying. Communities can protect residents by monitoring for mosquito-borne illnesses. Once identified, control methods are deployed, such as exterminating breeding sites, destroying larvae, trapping, and spraying pesticides at street level and from the sky. ArcGIS enables you to monitor insect problems in real-time, as well as precisely map complaints about high mosquito populations and standing water.

Weather Management

Weather Management

Are you prepared for when winter tries to freeze you out?

ArcGIS gives you the ability to plan for and efficiently manage the impact of heavy snow and ice on your streets when winter hits. Departments empowered with authoritative data create lean and effective storm management centers. They track and measure the progress of snow plows, dump trucks, and people working in the field in real-time. ArcGIS assists operations managers with monitoring and prioritizing snow event responses, resulting in faster, smarter snow removal.


Solid Waste

Can you use data to take out the trash?

ArcGIS helps produce effective solid waste management by fusing maps with community data such as service payee and telematics information. Departments that use modern tools for monitoring, planning, and citizen engagement keep operations for trash, green waste, and recycling collection on time and on target. Create real-time inventories and generate reports to better understand landfills and facilities. From collection to disposal and recycling, you can build geographic awareness into everyday waste management to work more efficiently.

Parks and

Parks and Grounds

Is endless park maintenance destroying everyone's weekend?

ArcGIS gives you the ability to more efficiently prioritize and schedule work on parks and grounds. Mapping vegetation data gives communities a deeper understanding of their recreational areas, helping optimize maintenance and conserve resources. Mobile devices allow department staff to bring data directly to the field. Validate existing information, gather new parks and grounds data, and sync information with the back office — even without an Internet connection. ArcGIS empowers you to administer your parks and grounds with confidence, not guesswork.

Water and

Water and Wastewater

Are you too often knee-deep in dirty water?

ArcGIS streamlines the understanding of water operations. Users can integrate information from sensors, meters, crews, pipes, and more through the common language of location. Insights are shared through easy-to-use, interactive maps that can be viewed by the boardroom, the public, or field crews in need. ArcGIS helps you reduce regulation compliance cleaning and assessment costs, save significant travel time for staff, and complete more assessments per day. When your data flows, so does your water.

Public Works Professionals Use Location Intelligence for Maintaining Smart, Livable Communities


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Union Power Monitors Its Network in Real-Time

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ArcGIS Supports Contamination and Solid Waste Management

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Esri's online-based approach to GIS fosters collaboration and innovation

With the right process, people, and technology, any community can become more livable. From the smallest towns to entire nations, information hubs help organizations achieve initiatives. Connect with Esri for a wealth of resources that elevate the essential characteristics of progressive, smart communities.

System of Record

Create an authoritative, digital twin of your community by connecting disparate systems through location.


Stakeholders source reliable data to develop ideas, intelligently assess, and accomplish goals.

Collaboration Across Departments

People connect to information via web apps and data portals to work together and drive solutions.


Impartial and forthright data helps governments gain the necessary trust to build consensus in its priorities.


Monitor live events as they occur to afford managers the insight to react swiftly and intelligently.

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