Indonesia’s Depok city pilots smart mapping tech

The City of Depok, located in the West Java Province, Indonesia, is piloting the use of state-of-the-art mapping technology to boost government efficiency, and as a step towards the goal of achieving smart city status by 2025.

The city, which won the 2015 Indonesian Smart Cities Awards, is working with geospatial solutions provider Esri Indonesia to equip the city’s local planning and development agency (BAPPEDA) with the capability to re-engineer business processes using smart mapping technology.
Smart mapping, which is also known as Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, integrates and analyzes data from multiple business systems to create a dynamic and interactive map-based view of information.

“Activities such as planning, zoning, property registration, and asset management often requires two or more government agencies and departments to routinely work together through time-consuming manual processes,” said Esri Indonesia’s local government specialist Gilang Widyawisaksana. “A more streamlined process can significantly reduce the cost, time, and a number of procedures involved in registering property and other land instruments. This could then potentially contribute to helping the city become an attractive business destination for investors,” he said.

Widyawisaksana’s team of experts is working closely with the government to assess and identify existing processes and programs that can be improved through the use of GIS technology.
The partnership between the City of Depok and Esri Indonesia will also include the creation of a broad-reaching spatial policy that would see 16 other government agencies actively share their geospatial data on a common platform.
The goal of the initiative is to enable agencies to better meet the development needs of their respective communities by providing planners and decision-makers with easy access to regional geographic insights.
“By opening up access to information that would otherwise be trapped in data silos, decision-makers will have the ability to make more informed choices on a range of areas including resource and budget allocations, policy development and urban planning,”  Widyawisaksana said.