Defence and National Security: capturing a more diverse range of observations, perceptions and opinions
The defence and national security industry use location based solutions to make decisions on how to make the most of available resources.
GIS is only as useful as the range and currency of information within it
Esri’s commitment to open data standards and interoperability allows it to consume the widest range of real time spatial and time-based data, such as CCTV, GPS traces and crowd–sourced data such as twitter feeds.
This provides the means to add to new meaning and insight by capturing a more diverse range of observations, perceptions and opinions.
Social media data: Twitter feeds, blogging and other spatially-referenced content can be easily ingested into Esri’s GIS, adding real-time, at-location perspectives that can add new valuable new detail.
Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI): Recent developments in online mapping provide general base map information with basic editing tools, enabling users to add VGI, such as locations where various events occurred or certain features exist, that are not already shown. Once geographically tagged, this data can be extracted and utilised alongside other data to gain new insights and meaning.
External sensor feeds: The growth in IP-enabled CCTV and other devices now provides a wealth of real-time data which can aid situational awareness. For example, South Yorkshire Police use ArcGIS to display mapping to their officers which includes the locations of CCTV cameras. Clicking on any one of them opens up a window displaying the current feed from that location. This enables the Police to not only check status remotely, but to collect footage only from the cameras in the vicinity of an incident.
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