President, Intergraph SG&I
The energy in Intergraph’s product line lies in the ease of use, simplified workflows and where and how quickly the users can get value out of products and solutions, believes John Graham, President, Intergraph SG&I
Intergraph has introduced innovative products in the market over the years. What innovation can we expect after its acquisition and reincarnation as Hexagon Technology?
The concept of just having a map in trying to understand how something has changed over a certain period of time is nice, but for the military or police or disaster management, real-time information is critically important. Making sure customers receive accurate, up-todate information — whenever and wherever they need it — is fundamental to our product strategies.
We released our Intergraph Geospatial 2013 products in the beginning of the year and we will continue to expand the capabilities of these products. With Geospatial 2013, we are providing the full lifecycle of geospatial information management, combining GIS, photogrammetry and remote sensing. By connecting these different capabilities, we can lower training costs and simplify the process of creating geospatial workflows. We have also been working to improve our user interface to make it more user-friendly.
A lot of our capabilities lie in simplifying the workflows, which is useful to GIS and non-GIS professionals because, as I said, just having the map isn’t enough. The energy in the product line lies in the ease of use, simplified workflows and where and how quickly the users can get value out of products and solutions.
How is Intergraph levering on the synergy between various Hexagon divisions to create innovative solutions?
A key component in the dynamic GIS concept is how we connect with sensors and how we connect them into visualisation and ultimately to our response systems. This is where working with Hexagon Geosystems is important since it has the sensors to monitor the real world — for instance, dam monitoring, which is part of our H2O solution for water management.
Much of our geospatial work revolves around Geosystems, as a lot of our capabilities are built around sensors and devices that collect information and monitor and manage that information. This data management is very intensive and our speciality lies in the ability to visualise that as useful information and tying it into a workflow or process that helps people to do their job easier and quicker.
For example, we are spending time on UAV technology and how to use that information — whether it’s a video or LiDAR — and plug it easily into our geospatial products. We can create useful information this way, which can then be used by industrial users or disaster management agencies for real-time information.
I think this demonstrates the synergies between Hexagon Geosystems and its sensor and data collection capabilities and Intergraph’s abilities in providing strong visualisation and emergency response tools. And I think this makes the concept of dynamic GIS real for everybody in our user community. Dynamic GIS is providing solutions to customers whether they are managing infrastructure, monitoring natural resources, or responding to a crisis.
The Hexagon group has identified four smart verticals to focus on. Intergraph has a wide range of solutions in all these segments. What is your take?
Intergraph has always operated within vertical solutions. We were the first company to combine GIS with emergency response and through that we have created a vertical set of solutions that leverage our geospatial foundation and our global response and resource management tools. We have helped improve public safety dispatching, and are expanding that portfolio by adding analytics, Web-based records management, and more. We have a utility-specific GIS for infrastructure management, as well as tools for managing field crews and detecting and restoring power outages, which also build from our geospatial and response capabilities. We offer industry-specific solutions for transportation planning and operations.
These solutions also all address major global challenges, which is something Hexagon has also focused on. The exciting part of being a part of Hexagon is our ability to tie up with sensors and other things that the Geosystems team is doing, managing and updating information that is geospatially oriented, and incorporating data into workflows that allows better information for quicker response. With those combined capabilities, you can do a lot of great things for your customers.
How do you think Intergraph stacks up against the competition?
Other companies can provide GIS products, whereas Intergraph has the ability to use GIS and other software and incorporate that into very robust solutions to help organisations such as police, governments, utilities and other agencies do their job more effectively. While others build and present a GIS product, we have an entire array of products and services, which we bring together to create solutions for people that protect and manage infrastructure or the environment and society at large.
What is the biggest technology trend today that you think the company should ride on?
What is critically important is mobility and ease of use — not just for consumers but also for professionals. We are building mobile applications for multiple platforms and selecting technologies that give our customers choices going forward.
Another important technology trend I see is the ability to manage large amounts of information in the Coud. Geospatial data is large, so Cloud-based solutions will be an important part of customer deployments moving forward. This is also something we are focusing on.