Directions 2014 stopped in Melbourne last week at the Langham. More than 200 users attended the event to network, learn and sharpen their GIS skills – as well as hear about what is in store for the future of the ArcGIS Platform.
Attendees were welcomed by Lisa Dykes, Esri Australia’s new Business Development Manager for Victoria and Tasmania. It was great to see so many new people with a show of hands revealing more than half of the users in the crowd were attending Directions for the first time. Lisa discussed the importance of the ArcGIS Platform for Victorian users and I was surprised to learn that only 20 percent of organisations have activated their free ArcGIS Online Subscription Accounts offered as part of ArcGIS Desktop entitlements at 10.2. If you believe your organisation may be entitled to a free ArcGIS Online Subscription Account make sure you check out our recent blog post that outlines how to request your free user credentials here.
I spent the rest of the day as a roving reporter and the remainder of this post is dedicated to highlights from the Melbourne stop on Esri Australia’s Tour de Force, Directions 2014.
Six weeks ago, I took up the PR & Communications Coordinator role with Esri Australia.
When it comes to working in the GIS industry, you don’t get much greener than me – well, maybe apart from the guy who started on Monday!
The learning curve has been huge, but it’s a challenge I’m relishing.
The Esri Australia Directions 2014 roadshow has been touring the country over the past week and on Monday it stopped in Brisbane – the home of EA’s head office – giving me a fantastic opportunity to immerse myself in the world of GIS.
Last Thursday was my first Directions as a member of the Esri Australia team, and I am pleased to say it was a highlight! It was really satisfying to share the day with the Townsville GIS community. We kicked off with a welcome from Doug Van Gelder, and then straight into a series of presentations from the rest of the Esri Australia team.
Josh set the scene for the technical presentations with an overarching discussion of how ArcGIS is the key location platform to support your entire organisation. The way we all work is fundamentally changing. People want to be able to access spatial content on multiple devices and locations – the ArcGIS platform enables us to leverage “location” as a core part of business.
Whether it’s a sporting event, a natural disaster or a key political debate – information streaming to us from live news broadcasts is always the most compelling. On-the-ground analysis from reporters gives us insights and context to the images captured by the camera crew, while an in-studio panel of journalists often use this information to predict how the event might unfold and what critical decisions could influence further outcomes.
In much the same way, live broadcasting the performance of your organisation’s assets and data and effectively managing events that impact your operations is the foundation of the work between OSIsoft and Esri.
OSIsoft is a company that specialises in the management of real-time data and events for operational, manufacturing and business data – enabling users to make decisions in real-time.
Simon and I have just delivered our presentation on ‘real-time GIS’, in ‘real-time.’
With a growing number of sensors continuously streaming data; we are essentially swamped in real-time data. To help us make sense of it and pick out key events of interest to us, Esri have released GeoEvent Processor for ArcGIS.
Aided by a number of key demos, our session provided an overview of the ArcGIS for Server extension’s architecture and functionality. Simon showed us how to harvest Twitter feeds, monitor vehicles, and send out alerts. While I took you all through the process of pulling in weather data from BOM web pages, and enriching data feeds on the fly using data from external textiles.
The main message to come out of this, is that ArcGIS now supports real-time GIS. The potential of this technology is immense and it will be exciting to see how it will be adopted in the future. The possibilities really are endless.