This morning at the ESRIUC, ITT VIS hosted a short press event to bring us up to date on the company and their long standing relationship with Esri. Richard Cook, ITT VIS President, reminded us that the partnership with Esri goes back 4 years now to a meeting they had with Jack Dangermond about imagery, and the vision and integration of the the two company’s tools and solutions. Since that time the relationship has evolved from:
- The Esri vision – a solution based company
- First a side by side (image sharing) integration of ENVI and Esri solutions
- Then Envi was built into the Esri solutions
- At release 4.8 things moved to the server world – building the foundation for today
- Today… the user base (experienced GIS folks with image analysis skills) – hope to help the GIS analyst understand and use imagery even better – industry focused solutions
Now it’s all about packaging the functionality into useful workflows and models, making them available in an Easy to use web and mobile environment – taking the solution to the people who need it… Look for an official announcement on industry specific (vertical) solutions to be announced. Additionally, the two companies will marry their sales efforts in this space in order to better service existing and new customers.
Lawrie Jordan, Director of imagery, Esri was in attendance along with the ITT VIS management team. Jordan reminded us:
- Imagery is core to GIS
- Customers are benefiting greatly from the integration of imagery and GIS
- Imagery is more than just a backgrdound
- Imagery provides real time accurate data.. More geospatiall are, respond more quickly, better understand the World.
Jordan asked us, Why add imagery to GIS?
- Imagery is more affordable and available
- More current
- Gives you info in real time
- Increases the accuracy of info
- Provides access to remote areas
- Automated processes in image analysis tools and reduce manual work
The convergence of the GIS and Imagery bubbles has taken place over the years.. Now a culmination of a vision where there’s lots of imagery out there for use, optical, spectral, LiDAR, satellite imagery… imagery is not just a backdrop, its an integral part of your GIS analysis… (Lawrie Jordan, Esri)
It’s all about the guys that are using and needing the map…
See http://www.ittvis.com/ and the announcement from the esriuc: ITT Announces Image Analysis Solutions for Industry
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