Fayetteville honored at 2024 MidAmerica GIS Consortium

Fayetteville GIS Department (Courtesy)

The city’s Geographic Information Systems department received the GIS Innovation Award at the 2024 MidAmerica GIS Consortium, held last month in Omaha, Neb.

The award recognizes the department’s use of GIS technology in the city’s Water Meter Reading division, which officials said has been successful in enhancing operational efficiency.

Keith Macedo, the city’s information technology director, said the GIS staff works for several city departments, providing spatial data analysis, planning tools, and resource management solutions.

Macedo said one notable innovation is the newly developed meter-reading system that integrates a mobile field app with a real-time analytical dashboard. The system, which Macedo said has saved the city over $150,000, links the city’s utility billing software with parcel and water-line maps through an app, and has facilitated over 375,000 meter readings since its launch last April.

“Not only does this project exemplify the substantial cost benefits of GIS-based solutions to integrate multiple technology systems, but it also showcases the adaptable and transformative nature of GIS technology,” Macedo said.