US: As the 2015 Esri User Conference enters Day Four today, let us give you a lowdown of the developments at the San Diego Convention Centre yesterday. AccuWeather announced a business enterprise portal for access to hyper-local weather data and services. The commercial weather portal will provide a customisable interface for clients to merge GIS-integrated weather components for superior access to business intelligence in decision making. On Wednesday, AccuWeather Founder, President, and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers presented the Weather Track Keynote where he highlighted the transformational changes driven by Big Data. He also discussed the challenges and opportunities of Big Data and gave examples of how enterprises are integrating multiple sources of weather data to create customised data outputs. The Startup Zone was also buzzing with activity on Day Three. Some of the companies that caught our eye include emergency response service Antris, which tracks travelling workers, and informs their employers and loved ones when they reach their destinations.
Also on Wednesday, SAP announced that it is offering new capabilities to turbo-charge spatial intelligence by simplifying, accelerating and geo-enabling access to enterprise data. The SAP HANA platform can help break the silos between enterprise and GIS systems, enabling companies to get more value from corporate data and uncover trends and patterns in a visually intuitive manner. IT and geospatial solutions provider Avineon was seen handing out coupons for its new Metrics Extension to ArcGIS for Server at the conference. Ten customers who activate the permanent Metrics Extension license with the coupon code will receive it for free. All others using the coupon will receive a 50 percent discount if the permanent license is activated by the end of August..
Wednesday evening played host to Esri’s GeoDev Meet Up in San Diego. Seasoned GIS professionals as well as those new to geospatial development came together for a social gathering to discuss the latest in mapping, geo technology and geo services. They also discussed Web and mobile mapping apps, cloud solutions, map data and all that is related to solving real-world geo problems. Another development that came forth on Wednesday is that Esri is joining the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, which the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, or SDSN, organises. This partnership with SDSN, the World Bank, the United Nations UN, the ONE campaign, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network will provide financial, political, and technical support for data creation that supports the Sustainable Development Goals. Esri will provide the ArcGIS platform, so that the least-developed countries have access to geoenabled information management framework they need. It will also serve as an easy way to openly share geospatial data.
Source: Our Correspondent