EPD wins SAG Award


The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) — the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region received the 2020 Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award with finalists selected by Jack Dangermond, president and founder of Esri. SAG Award recognizes users who have shown vision, leadership, hard work, and innovation which set new precedents throughout the GIS community each year. The results were announced at the Plenary Session of the world’s largest virtual GIS virtual event — Esri User Conference


To catch up with the increasing demand of field mobility and quick response for handling cases, the EPD has been using different ArcGIS mobile apps to improve operational efficiency, especially on field work assignment and resources management. Enforcement officers have now taken advantage of GIS mobile apps in handling environmental complaints and law enforcement cases. Further, GIS has provided an alternative operation mode, which reduced traditional reliance on paper and ensured both inspection teams and managers can access to the same set of synchronized and accurate data to reduce errors; thus, boost productivity and save cost.


Senior officials from the EPD received the award locally this year. Esri China (Hong Kong) is honored to compliment the effort and hard work spent by the department. We believe there will be more innovative GIS applications and use cases in the area of environmental protection in future. For more details, please refer to the press release of the government and Facebook post of the EPD.



Mr. Elvis Au (fourth from left), Deputy Director of Environmental Protection, Mr. Ken Wong (second from left), Assistant Director (Environmental Compliance) and Mr. Francis Yeung (right), Principal Environmental Protection Officer (Regional North) from the Environmental Protection Department are pleased to receive the SAG Award from Dr. Winnie Tang (middle) and Sr. Paul Tsui (left).