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Nov 13, 2019

GIS Expo: “Embracing Digital Transformation”

For those not inclined towards technology, digital transformation means that technology will be used to better serve customers. Now, in education the customers are the students so today as many as one thousand students heard from a number of agencies that are using technology to improve services. It was arranged by Total Business Solutions Limited in collaboration with ESRI.  Here is News Five’s Hipolito Novelo.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

The seventh annual Geographic Information System (GIS) expo was held today in Belize City under the theme Embracing Digital Transformation in Education as part of world GIS day.


Loretta Palacio

Loretta Palacio, Managing Director, TBSL

“The importance of this expo is to share with students and educators and the public about embracing digital transformation in education. What is most important for us as well is the students having an opportunity to learn within the technology.”


One thousand students from schools from across the country visited nine organizations including the Ministry of Health under which the Belize Crime Observatory falls under. The Belize Crime Observatory uses GIS to map murders, identify hotspot and share the information with respective units to enhance strategies.


Adele Ramos

Adele Ramos, Interim Technical Coordinator, Belize Crime Observatory

“And that is very good news because we know that of course the whole Belize City area especially what is called precinct one and precinct two have been devastated by violent crimes. So we have seen some inroads and GIS has actually been a powerful tool for the department and ministry in terms of implementing strategic actions and policies to help reduce violent crimes.”


Also participating today was the Ministry of Health which uses GIS to map potential cases of dengue.


Arthur Martinez

Arthur Martinez, GIS Technician, Ministry of Health

“By we doing this it already tells them how many house they need to visit, the amount of persons in those particular houses. So it uses less resources and more time to get around. Before we use to go to the particular villages and circle the whole villages. With this we circle only the houses that are part of the catchment area for the mosquitoes around it. Using the GIS we see more cases.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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