Location analytics charts Bekasi’s Smart City vision23/03/2017
With a vision to achieve a smart city status within a decade, Bekasi City’s Planning Agency has turned to location-based analytics technology to support the development of thriving residential communities and business and industrial estates.
The Bekasi City Planning Agency is the dedicated agency tasked with optimising the city’s land resources. This includes developing and implementing spatial utilisation policies, granting land use permits, imposing sanctions, and providing incentives and disincentives.
As one of the fastest growing cities in Indonesia, the city has attracted private investments that saw the development of public roads and highways, residential communities, shopping malls, and factories and industrial hubs.
Because of the fast-paced development, the planning agency identified the need for a secure and scalable platform that can improve decision-making and streamline workflows, especially in the area of issuing building permits.
To do this, the agency worked with Esri Indonesia to develop a system that integrates data from various authoritative sources – such as the Geospatial Information Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture and Spatial planning – on to a single dynamic mapping platform.
The new system – built on the ArcGIS platform – makes it easier for users to quickly access information on field surveys, parcel maps, aerial photos, and other relevant planning information.
This allows planners to analyse land use trends and prepare plans that set the standard for policy decisions regarding future developments in the community.
In fact, it was used to provide city planners with a more compelling view of two city spatial plans: the spatial planning and zoning regulation (with a scale of 1:250.000) and the regional spatial plan (with a scale of 1:5000).
Despite the difference in map scales, using ArcGIS allowed the agency to overlay maps and data enabling decision-makers to see – with clarity – the elements that make up the physical environment of communities.
In addition, the platform also increased interdepartmental collaboration allowing them to easily coordinate planning and economic development initiatives.