For the defense and intelligence community, there are some new ways to visualize, analyze, and share information using Esri geospatial technology.
Ben Conklin from Esri’s Defense Solutions team gave attendees at the Esri International Defense and Intelligence Executive Track a taste of what their organizations can now do.
He talked about three technology trends and gave short demos on each one:
- Telling stories with maps: Analysts and others can use story maps and maps in briefing books to bring information to life. For example, a written report about a search for a weapons cache can be turned into a more informative and visual story map by adding maps of where the search occurred, photos taken during the mission, and pop-up windows with links to additional information or videos.
- Working with real-time data in a GIS: Organizations can bring real-time data that’s streaming in from a variety of sources into an operational dashboard using Esri’s ArcGIS GeoEvent Processor for Server. Continuous processing and analysis can be done on the data as it’s received, and alerts sent out if certain conditions occur (i.e. a ship enters a designated area of interest ).
- Speeding workflows with operational map and application templates: Esri now offers 40 templates for defense and intelligence. One example is the vehicle checkpoint template for creating a vehicle checkpoint layout plan.
Conklin said he often hears analysts say, “I just want to make a map.” Templates were designed to make that process easier because they provide a structure to follow. “Templates are a way to help you operationalize the software.”