LTA’s Geographic Information System Wins Global Award for Bringing Maps to Life

News Releases 19 May 2013 Geographic Information System (GIS)

1.     The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has won the “Geospatial World Excellence Award 2013 - Transportation Management” for its innovative use of geospatial technology in the planning, development and management of land transport under its “GIS@LTA” project. LTA is the first government agency in Singapore to be accorded this recognition and is the second in Asia, after Taipei City Government who won in 2011.

2.     The Geospatial World Excellence Awards recognise excellence in best practices, innovations and policies that have helped shape the future of the geospatial industry and innovations in the global geospatial industry.  The award was received by Mrs Rosina Howe-Teo, Group Director, Innovation & InfoComm Technology from Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Ordnance Survey (UK) and Co-Chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geographic Information (UN-GGIM), at the Geospatial World Forum 2013 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on 15 May this year.


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Mrs Rosina Howe-Teo (right) receiving the award at the Geospatial World Forum 2013 from  Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, Director General and CEO of Ordnance Survey, UK (Great Britain’s National Mapping Agency).

Mrs Howe-Teo (centre) with the project team, Mr Jonah Ong, and Mr Lem Kiah Chen, at the Geospatial World Forum 2013 in Rotterdam.

3.     Since its formation in 1995, LTA has employed GIS (Geographic Information System) technology extensively for both strategic planning and operational management.  Through the years, LTA has accumulated a wealth of data to manage its operations whether in tracking road safety, monitoring of construction and worksite safety, or in managing road and traffic regulations.

4.     Geographic information plays a useful role in everyday lives. Everything happens somewhere and geography is the stage on which these activities occur.  Geography and geographic information are essential ingredients in helping to tackle these challenges. 

5.     The award recognises LTA’s leading effort in integrating GIS with a wide variety of technologies such as data analytics, location based services and crowd sourcing to deliver collaborative innovations for its citizens and businesses.   These integration strategies are actively pursued by major cities around the world and are widely promoted by world organisations such as the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE).

6.     Commenting on LTA’s latest win and giving a glimpse into the future of GIS@LTA, Mrs Howe-Teo said, “GIS is used to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. It also helps us answer questions and solve challenges by looking at our data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.  This initiative further supports our open data strategy by making LTA data more accessible and encouraging innovation. We aim to engage individuals, businesses and communities to bring their map-based ideas to life to make improvements together.”  

About the Geospatial World Forum

Geospatial World Forum is a premier event for the global geospatial community showcasing state-of-the-art technology and its utility in the world economy. The conference aims at enriching the geospatial ecosystem, which comprises of the geospatial technology providers, users, policy makers and the academia with market intelligence, latest technology knowledge, success stories and capacity building.

About the Geospatial World Awards

Geospatial Media and Communications, the leading media agency in Geospatial sector conferred its annual Geospatial World Awards to 19 organisations from the domain and its end-user agencies for developing innovative geospatial tools and products; implementing conducive policies and applying geospatial technologies for delivering efficient results in the most resource efficient manner. The annual awards are given in three categories – Geospatial World Excellence Awards (for applications), Geospatial World Policy Awards (for policy implementation) and Geospatial World Innovation Awards (for technology innovation).

There were 263 submissions from around the world, out of which 77 were shortlisted, and 11 winners were conferred the Geospatial World Excellence Awards in Transportation Management, Urban Planning, City Planning, Land Management, Environment Protection Monitoring & Management, Disaster Management, Utility Services, Water Resources, Agriculture, Visitor Information System, Land Records Management.

This year’s winners include the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for their technology & knowledge transfer initiative, and the National Administration of Surveying Mapping and Geoinformation (China) for their leadership in national mapping.

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