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How Sharing Data Can Protect Lives

When people think about GIS for national security, they usually think of maps or apps showing potential threats, chemical plumes, resource locations, or natural hazards. But at the 2014 Esri National Security Summit, July 12-15 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the enduring message wasn’t about technology. It was about collaboration.

2014 Esri National Security Summit

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Esri and SAP—A New Frontier in Decision Analytics

At the 2014 Esri UC, SAP and Esri announced continued progress toward our goal of deeply integrating GIS solutions with SAP platforms and enterprise applications through shared innovation across the SAP HANA, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI), and SAP Mobile platforms.

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Don’t Miss Out—Empower Your National Security Mission with Geography

When a disaster strikes, knowing what you need and how to find it can help you save lives, resources, and critical infrastructure. Join us at the Esri National Security Summit (NSS), July 12-15 at the Hilton Bayfront San Diego, to see learn about the latest geospatial tools and workflows that can help you manage any situation.

National Security Showcase

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United We Map

The wait is (almost) over. We’re happy to announce that registration for 2014 Esri UC will officially open December 10.

What can you look forward to in 2014? We can’t reveal all the exciting news just yet, but suffice to say you won’t want to miss it. Esri UC is designed to inspire, teach, and delight you. Esri UC is where you celebrate with the greatest minds in GIS. Esri UC is where we all come together to seek solutions to local, global, and industry problems. Simply put, Esri UC is where we unite. And when we unite, amazing things happen.

United we trade ideas.

United we trade ideas.

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Steve Palmer: GIS Storyteller

Each year, we’re amazed at the stunning number of users that want to tell their stories at UC. Last year’s conference featured more than 900 presentations and we expect to see just as many this year. One of those 900 will likely be Steve Palmer, who was the first person to submit an abstract for a presentation.  We recently spoke with Steve to learn more about his project and why he was so motivated to tell his story at UC.

Steve Palmer

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Facilities User Group Steps it Up

The use of GIS for campus operations and facilities management is growing. This is clear as its presence at 2013 Esri User Conference spanned more than two days of user presentations, special interest meetings and technical workshops, as well as a solid exhibit hall presence. Another manifestation of the growth of facilities GIS is that the number of conference attendees who listed “facilities” as their area of interest was up by 25% over last year!

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Survey Summit Uncovers New Technology

A couple of underlying themes surfaced at the 2013 Survey Summit. One: Technologies including GIS, lidar, 3D, CAD, and GPS can play well together. Two: Surveyors and engineers and GIS professionals can play well with each other, and with new technology.

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The EXPO Hotspot

Wildfire fighters are finding new GIS solutions in the National Security Showcase at UC.

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Awesome Ocean Tech On Display

Propelled by wave motion, the Wave Glider SV3 travels the oceans, collecting sea data used for science, education, surveillance, and defense. In a recent Pacific Ocean crossing, four of these autonomous gliders travelled a combined 34,000 miles and collected 2.25 million discrete data points. More than 150 gliders are currently at sea. At the Esri UC, one of the gliders was docked in the Environment Showcase.

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Exploring the Environment at the EXPO

The Environment Showcase has been a central part of the Esri UC for more than 20 years. Located at the heart of the Esri Showcase, 40 organizations are sharing their GIS work for urban planning, environmental planning, climate issues, oceans, and different ocean marine habitats.

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