Where Business Explores the Power of Location

Business GIS users from Darden, The Gap, Little Caesars, Petco, Starbucks, Cirque du Soleil, Aon, and QBE were some of the nearly 50 speakers at the 2013 Esri Business Summit. More than 500 attendees soaked up presentations focused on retail, risk management, supply chain and location analytics.

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New Ways to Meet the Mission at Esri UC

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.

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GIS Storytellers at the UC

Thousands of people are sharing their GIS stories in many ways at the Esri UC.

Karen Richardson and Matt DeMeritt recorded stories in the podcast booth.

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Lightning Talks Enlighten Listeners

On Monday afternoon GIS vendors and users gathered to share projects, applications, tools, and tips.  The rule: Keep your presentation under 5 minutes.

From the lyceum of lightning talks, UC attendees presented these topics:

  1. Citizen scientists collecting wildlife photos via an app using Python.
  2. Transportation planners in Christchurch New Zealand rerouted buses after an earthquake.
  3. Geo- fence tool monitors sensors and triggers notifications that support product messaging. Taqtile
  4. Motion controller similar to the Connect gaming tool reads gestures to interact with map. GISi
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2013 Esri UC Plenary Overview

“GIS leverages the best science and technology,” said Esri president Jack Dangermond in his opening address during the Plenary at the 2013 Esri UC. Addressing an audience of thousands of GIS users, he said, “Building on your existing work, you will transform our world.”

Jack Dangermond at the 2013 Esri UC Plenary

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German Forest Grows Enterprise System

The Bavarian State Forest Administration enterprise GIS is used by 1,200 officials and employees. GIO Christian Simbeck explained the value of three new applications his IT staff recently developed at the Esri UC Plenary.

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CenterPoint Energy Portal Lives behind a Firewall

An early adopter of all things GIS, CenterPoint Energy in Houston, Texas, has spearheaded the industry in GIS innovation. During the UC Plenary, representatives of the power company demonstrated ways Esri’s Portal for ArcGIS is putting dynamic maps into the hands of more staff.

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Philly Cops Nab ROI

A few years ago, the Philadelphia Police Department integrated more than a dozen law enforcement systems and databases, making information available to every officer. Recently, it deployed the Crime Mapping & Analysis GIS application. Since the application’s creation, the return on investment (ROI) has been significant.

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ArcGIS Online for Thinkers

Over the past year, Esri has transformed ArcGIS Online from a mapping application to a powerful platform that can also be used for analysis. During the UC Plenary, Lauren Rosenshein Bennett demonstrated the GIS cloud service’s analytical prowess within the context of the construction of the Keystone Pipeline. Continue reading

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New Data Service Makes Imagery More Accessible in GIS

Disaster managers, land-use planners, and people needing up-to-date imagery took note during the UC Plenary when Tony Mason took to the stage to explain Premium Imagery Services. This new offering combines four imagery services and makes them available via ArcGIS Online as a single service. The imagery is very current and can be used with an organization’s own data.

Use RapidEye imagery to define and assess vegetation.

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