When people think about moving to a new neighborhood they almost
always consider the aspect of safety for them and their family. Whether
it is the speed of the local streets or whether or not there is a
neighborhood watch group, safety is on every families mind. One item of
safety that also tops the charts is how well a street is lighted. For
if a street light is out or not functioning properly people are more
likely to feel unsafe for they cannot see their surroundings.
Additionally, they are likely to call their community’s Public Works
Department and complain about the broken light.
From here the Public Works Department is going to send someone out to
the field to fix the problem. For the Village of Morton Grove, IL they
decided to make sure that the employee that will report to the broken
light is amply prepared by knowing what control boxes operate which
lights in case there is a need to close a circuit temporarily. The
Village decided to use their Geographic Information System (GIS) to
publish this information on their local interactive web mapping site so
that any employee can locate the street lights and their connecting
parts. Additionally, having these street light locations and underground
lines mapped out allows other people to be notified of their
whereabouts if they are to be digging in that area.
It is easy to see that GIS was able to help by creating a centralized
location to access street light information rather than digging up old
paper maps. Not only is this process efficient, it also helps in times