Emer­gence of Geospa­tial Cloud

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In Sri Lanka, the pub­lic sec­tor con­tin­ues to be the largest user of GIS both as a map­ping tool. To draw maps and make de­ci­sions. GIS is a won­der­ful multi-faceted tech­nol­ogy to help visualize cur­rent in­for­ma­tion and data mean­ing­fully on a map to make bet­ter sense.

The com­bined forces of the In­ter­net and cloud com­put­ing are dra­mat­i­cally chang­ing how soft­ware com­pa­nies de­liver their func­tion­al­ity.

Geospa­tial ca­pa­bil­i­ties on the web: Esri’s Strat­egy

Over the past decade, Esri has trans­formed the fun­da­men­tal ar­chi­tec­ture of ARCGIS to be en­tirely web ser­vices based. We re­fer to this ar­chi­tec­ture as a Web GIS plat­form.

This ar­chi­tec­ture has been en­gi­neered to work well in cloud en­vi­ron­ments, in on-premises in­fra­struc­ture, and in hy­brid net­works. Web GIS man­ages all as­pects of geospa­tial in­for­ma­tion—such as maps and data—but also an­a­lyt­i­cal mod­els, ap­pli­ca­tions, work­flows, and even data se­cu­rity and ac­cess.

This pat­tern was de­ployed at scale with the creation of a mas­sive geospa­tial cloud plat­form known as ARCGIS On­line. The soft­ware-as-a-ser­vice (Saas)-based plat­form pro­vides hun­dreds of an­a­lytic and vi­su­al­iza­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties de­liv­ered in easy-to-use apps. There are also tens of thousands of ready-to-use datasets and maps that users can im­me­di­ately employ in their ap­pli­ca­tions.

Apps make it easy and fun

Us­ing this web pat­tern is easy, pro­duc­tive, and fun thanks to a whole suite of out-of-the-box apps that run any­where. Th­ese apps just work, sup­port­ing things like smart map­ping, field data col­lec­tion, lo­ca­tion track­ing and rout­ing, spa­tial an­a­lyt­ics, si­t­u­a­tional aware­ness, and map­based sto­ry­telling.

In­tro­duc­ing Esri’s Geospa­tial Cloud

In 2019, we are in­tro­duc­ing the term Esri Geospa­tial Cloud to de­scribe the larger set of tech­nol­ogy and prod­ucts of­fered by Esri. This en­com­passes all our soft­ware and Saas of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing the fol­low­ing: „ ARCGIS soft­ware (ARCGIS Desk­top, ARCGIS En­ter­prise, apps, and ex­ten­sions)

„ ARCGIS On­line (map­ping and lo­ca­tion Saas)

„ ARCGIS for De­vel­op­ers (APIS and SDKS) Geo-en­abled prod­ucts (such as ARCGIS In­doors, ARCGIS Ur­ban, ARCGIS Hub, and ARCGIS Busi­ness An­a­lyst)

Esri will con­tinue to cre­ate both soft­ware and Saas prod­ucts to help users do their work. Our of­fer­ings are also de­signed to op­er­ate in hy­brid en­vi­ron­ments (soft­ware and ser­vices).

The ad­van­tages of cloud-based of­fer­ings in­clude scal­able com­put­ing, stor­age of large datasets, big data com­pu­ta­tion, and the abil­ity to surge re­sources dur­ing crit­i­cal events such as dis­as­ter re­sponse.

Our geospa­tial cloud strat­egy al­lows for the quick in­te­gra­tion and anal­y­sis of large datasets and im­agery, of­ten at the scale of cities, re­gions, and even the world. Here, the com­bi­na­tion of ad­vanced spa­tial an­a­lyt­ics and new AI tools can help model and visualize com­plex pat­terns, re­la­tion­ships, and sit­u­a­tions.

Most of to­day’s real-time and big data prob­lems are in­her­ently geospa­tial. Ex­am­ples in­clude In­ter­net of Things (IOT) sensors; de­vices such as smart­phones; so­cial me­dia; ve­hi­cle sensors; cam­eras; and imag­ing sensors on drones, airplanes, and satel­lites.

Real-time IOT streams are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing when pre­sented as maps. They can pro­vide in­stant con­text and un­der­stand­ing of the data when dis­played dy­nam­i­cally as spa­tial dash­boards.

Spa­tial trig­gers can also be use­ful for real-time re­sponses. While the com­put­ing re­quire­ments for this real-time si­t­u­a­tional aware­ness can be de­mand­ing, the Esri Geospa­tial Cloud has been en­gi­neered to eas­ily scale so it stores bil­lions of records that users can query to ask com­plex questions and per­form lo­ca­tion an­a­lyt­ics.

The geospa­tial cloud can also be a frame­work for pow­er­ing AI al­go­rithms run­ning against data stores to au­to­mate pro­cess­ing and re­veal in­sights.

An evolv­ing ar­chi­tec­ture

Esri’s ARCGIS ar­chi­tec­ture con­tin­ues to evolve, pro­vid­ing new and flex­i­ble pat­terns for de­liv­er­ing geospa­tial ca­pa­bil­i­ties. We are see­ing our users de­ploy more light­weight ap­pli­ca­tions that com­bine a va­ri­ety of an­a­lyt­i­cal func­tions and data ser­vices to tai­lor spe­cific user-cen­tric solutions.

Through the geospa­tial cloud, ac­cess to ser­vices and the un­der­ly­ing data can be man­aged, se­cured, and main­tained at a gran­u­lar level. Iden­tity al­lows ad­min­is­tra­tors to pre­serve role-based per­mis­sions in their or­ga­ni­za­tions. And or­ga­ni­za­tions can set de­fined roles in con­fig­ured apps to bring to­gether peo­ple and pro­cesses in a holis­tic way and ad­dress cross cutting is­sues.

Geospa­tial Cloud de­ploy­ment

Mil­lions of peo­ple around the world are al­ready us­ing ARCGIS On­line and mak­ing bil­lions of maps ev­ery week. In­tu­itive work­flows guide users through map­mak­ing and give them ac­cess to the world’s largest col­lec­tion of digital geo­graphic in­for­ma­tion.

Esri’s Geospa­tial Cloud in­cludes wide rang­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, em­pow­er­ing al­most any or­ga­ni­za­tion with in­creased spa­tial un­der­stand­ing. Th­ese in­clude busi­ness com­po­nents that turn spread­sheets of ad­dresses into maps that can be used to route users to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. De­vel­op­ers can use APIS to build their own apps or em­bed geospa­tial ca­pa­bil­i­ties into their ex­ist­ing apps or web pages. New im­age pro­cess­ing work­flows and ma­chine learn­ing al­go­rithms can ex­pe­dite go­ing from raw pix­els to im­age ex­ploita­tion and in­sights.

The next step

Look­ing for­ward, we at Esri will con­tinue to fo­cus on build­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties that help users be more ef­fec­tive by ap­ply­ing map­ping, real-time IOT, im­agery, big data, and spa­tial an­a­lyt­ics to their work. This tech­nol­ogy will seam­lessly in­te­grate our tra­di­tional on-premises sys­tems with Saas and hy­brid en­vi­ron­ments.

We see the par­a­digm of the geospa­tial cloud as the next big step to em­power our users with more op­tions and fewer lim­i­ta­tions.

Esri’s GIS map­ping soft­ware is the most pow­er­ful map­ping & spa­tial data an­a­lyt­ics tech­nol­ogy avail­able.

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1996 as a sin­gle en­tity in a 100sq ft. base­ment of­fice - a jour­ney which started over 22 years ago, has been one of suc­cess and learn­ing. Since its hum­ble be­gin­nings, JIT has grown from a team of 4 mem­bers to a group of 290 em­ploy­ees with var­ied In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) of­fer­ings rang­ing from sys­tems in­te­gra­tion to Geo­graph­i­cal In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems (GIS). Fur­ther­more, JIT was the only lo­cal com­pany rec­og­nized in the APAC CIO Out­look magazine’s An­nual Top 25 Govern­ment and Pub­lic Sec­tor Tech­nol­ogy Providers for 2017. With over two decades of ex­cel­lence, JIT pro­vides cutting-edge in­te­grated solutions to telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, govern­ment, health, de­fence and fi­nan­cial sec­tors.

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