On Mobile, Enterprise, Big Data, Cloud and Sensor Networks #HxGNLIVE

I was asked to speak at the HxGN LIVE conference this week in Las Vegas. HxGN LIVE is the annual user conference of Hexagon which now comprises the combined resouces of Intergraph, ERDAS, Leica Geosystems and other companies. I was presented with the following questions and I offered the following responses that I shared with the audience.

Cloud - Where do you see the greatest growth potential in the cloud - geospatial-based applications, processes, or on demand? For organizations with large desktop product installations, what do you believe will be the catalyst for them to start making a transition?
We are already seeing the transition as solution providers are delivering software as a service in order to:
  • Reach a larger number of users while reducing cost and limiting desktop licenses
  • Share resources in data management and allow data to be shared across the enterprise especially with stakeholders in remote locations.
Applications and Services are driving cloud adoption. Some examples include:
Mobile - Of the geospatial apps available today, what do you think the key has been to those that have been the most successful? What kinds of apps would you like to see created in the future?
Successful mobile apps are simple and reliable. They do a few functions well and minimize complexity. However, most of the mobile mapping applications today are more consumer oriented. Mobile field applications are the best example of those that can support GIS projects. Some examples in the news include:
Big Data - With man-made and natural changes to our world, there is growing need to capture more and more data in order to understand these changes. How do you see the industry in general, solving the big data problem?
The geospatial technology sector does not solve the big data problem. This is a data management and analytics problem. Geospatial tools will work with applications that can manage the data management frameworks such as Hadoop clusters, Oracle Exadata or SAP HANA. These are either multi-core, massively parallel systems or architectures that will handle both data volume and timely analytics. I see geospatial technology leveraging these platforms and providing visualization and spatial analytics.
  • Reference: See these videos (1, 2) of Jeff Jonas, IBM Distinguished Engineer discuss the issues related big data. 
  • Listen to this podcast interview conducted by Directions Magazine with Jonas on geosaptial technology specifically.
Technology fusion - What types of fusion and applications do you anticipate as the industry strives towards creating a multi-dimensional digital world?
There is an idea that the world will be connected by the “Internet of Things” … a connected network through applications that allow access to financial systems, home utility networks, security, appliances, vehicles, etc. is already happening. We control or have access to these very systems with mobile applications. Our mobile habits are monitored and shared with the organizations to which we allow access.
Good example of both technology fusion and big data is expressed in how UPS manages their business. Jack Levis, director of process management has responsibility for optimizing the routing and scheduling of 60000+ vehicles. He fuses sensor technology with geospatial analytics to determine optimum efficiency of manpower and machines. See video of Levis in action produced for the "Geospatial Revolution" servies by Penn State Broadcasting.
Complete geospatial workflow - Hexagon is actively integrating sensors and software into geospatial workflows. With this connected technology, what kinds of vertical solutions do you think customer will most benefit from?
I think Hexagon’s client base benefits from the integration of geospatial analysis and measurement systems: survey, metrology, design and location analytics. Applications in utility management and energy systems can provide cost savings when standards are used for seamless integration. More information can be found at the Channel for Intergraph technology on Directions Magazine.
Editor's Note: Hexagon supported travel to HxGN LIVE conference

Published Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Written by Joe Francica

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