At the Oracle Spatial User Conference last week in Washington, D.C., the users took center stage to discuss their recent deployments that encompassed one huge requirement: "handle big data"
What's "big data?" Safra Catz, Oracle's Co-President said this recently, "We'll let others mess around with mere terabytes of data. We have much grander plans."
Oracle clients, like the U.S. Census Bureau have huge databases. On a "productive" day, the Bureau can produce 2.3 maps per second accessing a geospatial database of 73 million edges, 22 million faces, and 160 million nodes. These data supported Census workers who had to canvas 730,000+ assignment areas for the 2010 Census. Said Atri Kulluri, Assistant Division Chief of the Geography Division, "Our success is dependant on Oracle Spatial and the topology data model.
Chris Nelson of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and their partner IMMCO have developed "MapZilla" a enterprise -wide decision support that integrates geospatial technology. "We use Oracle everyday for all kinds of reports. And we use a team that is very good with databases," said Nelson.
Eight years in development, the MapZilla project replaced "ink and mylar." TWC did not have a visualization tool previously. The goals were extensive and now provides network data publishing as well as asset visualization and analysis. Through multiple versions of tools the entire geospatial solution is based upon many vendor tools including MapInfo, FME, Esri and Bentley. Nelson commented that it took longer than expected but the tool is now widely used.
Aeroports De Paris, a public company since 1945, manages all of the regional airports in Paris: DeGaulle, LeBourget, and Orly. Olivier Dubois, manager of Oracle Spatial Consulting and Resourcing Services (OSCARS) described an extensive project that required real-time vehicle tracking, event maps, and geolocated reports that needed to be available 24/7. The real-time component for vehicle tracking was monitoring all airport vehicles and the ability utilize a linear referencing system.