Live Blog: Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure Overview
John Graham, president of Intergraph’s SG&I division, gave a kick-off at the Hexagon Conference in Las Vegas today. With the Think Forward campaign, it’s about making smarter decisions, whether that’s smart grid, smart policing, smart power. It’s also about lives, property and infrastructure, and making the soundest investments. Intergraph helps visualize, analyze and respond to things you deal with every day.
Since the event last year there have been 62 product releases. The R&D investment has been significant in that time frame. Trends that are being addressed with this spending and an eye toward innovation are increasing mobility, declining budgets, more data, and a move toward data in the cloud.
The move toward mobile is on with smart phones and tablets proliferating. In Copenhagen, the company has been working with local governments on the reporting on emergency incidents. It has evolved to a mobile application called, Give a Hint, where citizens report on urban problems such as potholes or graffiti. Comanhia Paulista de Forca E Luz (CPFL) in Brazil is a large mobile workforce management user with exchange back and forth from the field. North Wales Police in the UK are interacting and sharing from their vehicles, and on their mobile walking, saving 15 minutes of time every day that translated into dollar savings.
The decline in budget isn’t news, yet it’s ongoing. The U.S. government is in a stall, where IT budgets will be flat, and military spending cuts are on the horizon. Budget gaps are huge, and the technologies help drive efficiency and cost savings.
There are opportunities in the geospatial world. The Central Ground Water Board in Faridabad, India is converting a paper-intensive process to a digital process using ERDAS Imagine and other tools. Ordnance Survey has streamlined their manual-intensive process to a streamlined digital one that’s mainly on the Web.
Analysts expect 2 billion sensors by 2020, with exabytes of information being created every day. The data is being considered an economic asset by the World Economic Forum.
The move toward the cloud is increasingly of interest to deal with these large volumes of data, but it means different things to different people. The evolution is on, and much of software will be delivered as a service through the cloud. There are a number of business opportunities here, where there is new investment and innovation.
The city of Bilbao, Spain has created a geospatial model for the city to be used by many organizations and citizens, and ahead of the trend. Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr transportation authority in Germany is harnessing a similar cloud-based geospatial model for transportation management.
Graham closed by emphasizing the importance of working as a team, with customers reaching out to help the company optimize the technology to meet their problems.