2019 Esri UC: GIS — The Intelligent Nervous System

2019 Esri User Conference ran successfully from 8-12 July in San Diego. As the largest Geographic Information Systems (GIS) conference in the world, the event attracted over 18,500 professionals and users across industries from many countries to attend and learn about the latest advances in geospatial technology under the theme of GIS — The Intelligent Nervous System. There were more than 1,000 user-presentations and demonstrations, technical workshops, and industry presentations along with more than 770 hours of training by Esri subject matter experts. Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, opened the Plenary Session and emphasized that GIS acts as our brain which can analyze location data collected from the intelligent and inter-connected nervous network to create more understanding, collaboration and systematic action for everyone in the globe.

Jack Dangermond opened 2019 Esri User Conference

Jack Dangermond opened 2019 Esri User Conference with the tagline — See What Others Can’t.

New data stream and real-time sensor network are changing how we see and view maps in a lightning speed, GIS has become a critical application for people to understand the relationships and patterns in a number of complex issues such as global warming, natural disasters, diseases, crime, traffic, migration, population growth and social changes. As Esri enters its 50th anniversary, Jack’s vision is to create powerful and useful location analytics tools for better understanding of data and making smarter decision through the use of ArcGIS technology.

Thousands of GIS professionals gathered and attended the Plenary Session

Thousands of GIS professionals gathered and attended the Plenary Session.

ArcGIS Indoors

In the event, Jack introduced ArcGIS Indoors which enables indoor space management and optimizes real estate operations including mobile wayfinding, indoor positioning, floor management, security and spatial data management. Some of the core capabilities of ArcGIS Indoors include:

  • Digital 2D/3D indoor maps
  • Building intelligence and resource planning
  • Incident management
  • Problem reporting and maintenance
  • Indoor positioning and mobile wayfinding
  • Analytical data

ExxonMobil showed at the UC how they are using ArcGIS Indoors to create and manage a foundational geospatial map for their Houston campus. Furthermore, indoor positioning can help make the communication between customers and staff in real-time. By enabling staff to share their location with customers, businesses can significantly provide better customer experience, improve corporate image and boost sales.