Planning and Engineering

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Smart communities and smart cities build great things

We are faced with new opportunities to shape our communities. Today, planning and engineering disciplines must balance the needs of people, infrastructure, and the environment. Esri's GIS-based smart community information system allows governments to model the impacts of proposed development, adjust to shifting demographics and lifestyles, and account for changes in climate change and economic shifts. Smart prompts a community to learn and adapt through real-time data and deliver intelligent design of infrastructure, ultimately supporting urban mobility, resiliency, and sustainability.

Leverage a system for urban and community design

Smart communities and smart cities can achieve balance when they embrace GIS technology that

  • Facilitates human-centered design.
  • Supports holistic 3D planning for real-world context.
  • Provides models, benchmarks, and analysis to support the establishment of resilient and sustainable communities.
  • Uses infrastructure as a sensor for constant feedback and improvement.
  • Improves urban mobility through multimodal navigation for all citizens.
  • Minimizes the impact of shocks and stresses and accelerates a community's response.

Planning and engineering in action

Explore success stories and best practices across the globe

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    Boston, Massachusetts

    Planning & development agency

    With massive spikes in population growth, the City of Boston needed to plan for the present day as well as prepare for the generations to come. Using ArcGIS Urban, the city was able to examine growth capacity indicators, like population, households, and jobs, in a real-world context to make smarter decisions for its future.

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    Oshkosh, Wisconsin

    Economic development services

    Seeing industrial businesses leave its community, the city decided to use GIS to develop a new plan. Imagine Oshkosh helped the city secure economic and investment opportunities for the future.


ArcGIS advances smart communities

Making data-driven decisions that improve quality of life is the goal of every smart community. ArcGIS capabilities and products make this possible.


Gain greater insights by visualizing and analyzing your community’s data. Collaborate and share via maps, apps, dashboards and reports.

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Our smart partner network

Our ecosystem includes strategic alliances with companies that offer platforms to extend the power of GIS. This is amplified by data, hardware, and applications partners who offer focused solutions to meet the needs of all your departments and workflows.

Plan your smart strategy with Esri

Smart is a journey—one based on incremental steps that deliver good government, build infrastructure for the future, and enhance the lives of citizens through a digital transformation. We would like to be part of your journey.

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