GIS Drives Superhighway to Analytics Future

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is dispatching state police and emergency crews after an accident, clearing the roads after an incident, performing snow removal, and scheduling roadwork. Thanks to the geographic information experts at the commission, now there’s an app for that, too. At least there is in Pennsylvania.

Actually, it’s more like a whole host of applications, backed by data and infrastructure created by a geographic information systems team at the turnpike commission, using technology services from GIS vendor Esri, and working with the commission’s 80 years of data. Although analytics programs have been in place for years, the official project to turn geographic information into internal products that can be used by the multiple departments within the turnpike commission — called GeoAnalytics — is only a little more than a year old. But it already has changed how the organization can leverage geographic information.