ESRI UC 2007 Plenary Session

ArcGIS Server manages geodatabases which do two things – 1) manage information model of geographic information and 2) manages that data in an integrated way in a scalable storage environment in big databases like Oracle, SQL Server, etc. Also, at 9.3 ESRI will support the open source PostGRES.

The ArcGIS Server also manages replicated copies of data such as change only updates, such as between various agencies which collaboratively maintain data (i.e., city, county, etc.)

ArcGIS Server has a system for mapping, analyzing and visualizing imagery. By including the Imager Server tool as part of the stack of ArcGIS Server, users will be able to take raw imagery right from media and make it immediately available without previous process.

A new mobile application, ArcGIS Mobile, is a lightweight client for field use powered by ArcGIS Server that can be configured with processing. You can collect features such as photos, generate driving directions all in a disconnected mode.

ArcGIS Server also includes ArcGIS Explorer, a free, downloadable tool that resembles Google Earth. It has wonderful visualization and continuous viewing, and analytical tools that allows you to request of the server. You can access ArcGIS Server with modeling services, and can connect to ArcGIS Online and overlay those services with ArcGIS Server services.

ArcGIS Server is open and interoperable, with enterprise standards, and OGC-compliance built in so it can interoperate within the IT stack. ESRI has been working closely with Adobe for increased interoperability with PDF, and with Microsoft and Google toward increasing interoperability.

ArcGIS for AutoCAD is a free download that has been available for awhile, and is currently focused on mapping. In the future it will also focus on data management, spatial analysis and editing.

ArcGIS Server supports mashups. If you take two services from the web and bring them into your web application, you can read them in and overlay them like overlaying two map, and re-serve them out for someone else to view. ESRI has had this capability with SOAP for some time, but this is more lightweight and easy to do. It’s possible to bring data in from Google or Microsoft and use it with your other data. Everyone can use it.

ArcGIS Server can be federated (enterprise environment), meaning that different departments using web services and service oriented architecture (SOA) will replicate data in an enterprise database for backup and recovery. Using web services standards you will have the ability to integrate distributed services and serve each other within an organization and also out to other organizations.

ArcGIS Online is a family of Web-based products that enhance the ArcGIS user experience, by allowing you to “access 2D basemaps, 3D globes, and functional services via the Web to support your GIS work.” ArcGIS Online is authored using Desktop and served using Server.

When not wanting to rely on online services, you can use ArcGIS Online Data Delivery – you can specify format and projection for your download, which can come from a storage device, ftp site. You can use an ArcGIS data appliance, which contains all the worldwide, nationwide data available in a format that you can plug into your ArcGIS Online structure.

ArcWeb Services extends ArcGIS Online services. Behind these services are a whole set of ESRI data products, which are in the box when you get ArcGIS. You will be able to buy a globe and put it behind the firewall and use it yourself.

Dangermond said that ESRI creates data products almost as a sideline but it has become a main business.

Solution Products include:

- GeoPortal Solution – toolkit for building SDI portals, not just GeoSpatial One Stop
Production line mapping tools –
- JTX – a workflow management system
- mobile environment – such as ArcGIS Mobile server extension, also ArcPad – leader in ArcGIS in the field. The U.S. Census is getting 400,000 copies to take the 2010 census.
- Web solution used in consumer applications
- Solutions for military, GEOINT, business people, logistics
- Logistics – ArcLogistics Route addresses issues of space and time.

How ESRI is doing

The Online campus promises to drive the cost of training down.
The 9.2 release was more successful in its adoption rate than any previous release. ESRI is committed to helping out with implementation, with strategies such as embedding support staff inside the development team, with support as part of the cycle to build product.

Staff is being added, with support services growing by 30 percent. In 9.3 diagnostic reporting will be added as low level code in the release that will generate reports and get better software to users. Sounds like the stuff of dreams, but users will have complete access to the ESRI bug list on a daily basis, and there will be a more active online community in a sort of one stop shop/online support center.

ESRI has grown “perhaps another 15 percent this year,” according to Dangermond.

Job Tracking (JTX) in ArcGIS

ArcMap goes directly to the area of interest previously defined. The Job Tracking extension embeds functionality in ArcMap, describes what feature classes need to be generated, directs user to export map as JPEG for use later in the job. Departments can use the same job tracking application to track jobs, and can provide countywide level of collaboration.

You can apply geographic weighted regression quite widely to many health statistics, natural resources, and re-execute a model that has already run. You can compare before and after data, and take local patterns and processes into consideration.

ArcGIS Engine can be used to build a custom solution to do dynamic display to track objects and events. In the example given, ambulances in Kansas City use Bradshaw Consulting to dynamically manage their ambulance public safety assets.

Dynamic display is an enhancement to ArcGIS Engine which leverages a multithreaded environment, and can leave static maps static, without forcing a repaint of the entire display. You can use it to look at historic call information and a density map lets you visualize areas of high demand.

With this information you can place ambulances in areas that will ensure a shorter response time. Rendering is possible through Dynamic Display. Tracking Server is used to collect data and put up to a client which uses ArcGIS Engine.

The ArcPad 7 release, in beta right now, will introduce the following features –
In a field with limited or no pre existing data, you can start capture data quickly with these two enhancements a) Streetmap extension and QuickProject tool. Street Map is included at no cost, which includes Streetmap data for the whole U.S or Canada. You can use the QuickProject tool to capture data. With the GPS tool you can capture data in the field. b) editing complex data relationships. ArcPad supports adding related tables. When data has been extracted from the ArcPad geodatabase, it honors the database schema in the field. You can use ArcPad Data Manager Extension to add data to the geodatabase.

ArcGIS Server – CIOs are increasingly dealing with servers, according to former CIO John Young, and organizations are dependent upon enterprise servers. Enterprise GIS will likely be considered a mission critical application.

- systems must be highly reliable and recoverable.
- scalable, flexible
- strong security
- know enterprise GIS will be used by non GIS specialists.
- no unpleasant surprises, for when mission critical systems fail, organizations stop.
- based on SOA

Mentioned here is Adapx (pronounced "Adapts") who introduced the product Mapx, a technology that enables you to use digital pen and paper or a large format map for data collection. This fully integrated software solution with ESRI ArcGIS software allows users to draw on a map as they have always done, yet the information is captured in the pen, which holds a small computer. When the pen is docked into a USB port, all the pen-written features automatically update the geodatabase.

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