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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Exelis and Esri change the meaning of “platform”

October 2nd, 2013 by Susan Smith

Laurie Jordan, Esri director of Imagery, talked about their long time relationship with Exelis at Esri UC, a top business partner. Esri has 2800 business partners. With Exelis Esri has seamless integration. “The meaning of platform has changed in a positive way,” said Jordan. “We positioned ArcGIS to disseminate imagery and to take imagery and turn it into useful information. This platform is now moving from just a desktop mobile and server, and cloud and focusing on this term Cloud based GIS. With the move to cloud the definition of platform has changed. The platform is an ecosystem of relationships of everything you can do with it. Through this platform we’ll be offering services, and it will be the new home for services and content including analytics – tools from ENVI are at the top of the list.”

The following is an interview with David Gonzales, software engineer for Exelis:

“Exelis adopted our services architecture early on,” said Jordan. “Imagery and GIS were separate in the early days. Now imagery is core to GIS and is foundation to GIS. Every single area of GIS comes from imagery. You are attending the world’s largest imagery conference.”

The desktop is going to ingest Esri Image Services, take the same workflow and do that on a web browser that’s fully cloud enabled, but presents to the user just with a browser. The data doesn’t exist on the desktop, it exists on the cloud and is rich in Landsat data, and displays all data that is just in one geographic area of interest. You just get data, display it in catalog view, do change detection and run it.

In an example showing the city of Dubai, “As a GIS analyst I want to update some of my maps, ask for change detection, a difference from the years 2000 to 2010. Exelis ENVI for ArcGIS gets the data it needs from those time periods. ENVI is running a workflow together, radiometrically normalizes it,  does thresholding and does a cleanup, that takes about a minute. While it’s running, you can see that between those years, the Palms were built in Dubai and you can create a map using the already integrated ArcMap and imagery.”

The workflows can be presented on the desktop, in the web and on mobile on the cloud. This way people less familiar with the desktop can access the information.

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