Scroll down for five tools that can help make cities smarter and better prepared to meet a variety of challenges. Some of the tools are free; some are commercial products.
Take Schneider's weather alerting system out for a free spin
Council Lead Partner Schneider Electric is offering a free seven-day trial of its patented weather alerting system. With the system users can customize the information for their location, create weather alerts, better anticipate flooding, storms, heat conditions and more.
Get disaster information for your locale with new FEMA tool
The new interactive data visualization tool from the Federal Energy Management Agency (FEMA) allows you to explore historic federal disaster declarations by state, county, hazard and year – helpful if you need to convince people that yes, it can happen here. The tool covers fires, flooding, earthquakes, volcanos, severe storms and more.
Leak detection comes to your smartphone
iQuarius™ from Aquarius Spectrum brings the smartphone revolution to the leak detection arena, unleashing proven acoustic detection principles via the power of digital processing. For water leak survey engineers and utility leak survey teams, iQuarius is a first-of-its-kind tool that enables easy surveying, leak detection and pinpointing. Aquarius Spectrum is a portfolio company of Council Associate Partner Hutchison Kinrot.
Registry lists urban sustainability rating tools
Transformative Tools is a global registry curated as a non-profit public service of Criterion Planners of Portland, Oregon. The tools cover a wide range of urban topics, from transportation and infrastructure to planned and existing neighborhoods to landscapes and parks. There is also a cities category.
Online map showcases world's ecological diversity
Calling it the most detailed global ecological land units map in the world, this mapping project was a joint effort by Esri and the U.S. Geological Survey. As Matt Artz explained in an Esri blog post, the new global data set provides a science platform for better understanding and accounting of the world’s resources. He suggested scientists, land managers, conservationists, developers and the public will use this map to improve regional, national, and global resource management, planning, and decision making.