Our Work – ArcGIS (Part 2) with Jack Dangermond: Demos of Imagery and ArcGIS Online

Esri staff demonstrate new capabilities for imagery and ArcGIS Online. 

Jun 28th, 2014

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00:01ArcGIS is already a strong image platform.

00:06It has dozens and dozens of tools.

00:09We came from an age when there was image processing and there was GIS.

00:13And over the last few years, you've seen us integrate image processing right into the platform. It's part of the platform.

00:20At 10.2, we integrate something new, which is intelligent imagery on the web.

00:25What that means is, in a browser I could actually do image processing with no software locally...

00:31...and I've figured it out so I can bring it in at the bandwidth that I have...

00:40...meaning in a remote place, I can have little bandwidth and then later, bring in the full picture.

00:47At 10.2, we also support new tools on the desktop for being able to do image discovery and on the server as well.

00:54And supporting this idea of image intelligence is the idea I can do a pop-up, point as a pixel...

01:01...and pops up all the multispectral information that's there.

01:05At 10.2, we also are supporting a number of new sensors like Landsat 8 and SPOT 6...

01:11...and a half a dozen others that are going to be interesting to some of you in some regions.

01:17But for me, the biggest thing is something called premium services.

01:21Here we've worked very carefully with our partners to introduce not real-time imagery, but as close as you can get to it.

01:30Digital Globe, for example, hmmm - when an emergency happens, they can shoot a picture and get it up to you in about...

01:39...four, five, six hours - something like that, Tony?

01:42And also AccuWeather is providing actual real-time or darn near real-time weather and storm predictions.

01:52And then our partner RapidEye, who has synoptic image coverage for the whole planet every couple weeks at five meters...

02:01...also has some great services.

02:03But to get this idea, again, you've got to see it as a demo.

02:05So Tony's going to show some of that. Do you want to do it now, Tony?

02:09Yes. Good. Thanks, Jack. Thanks.

02:13Good morning. My name is Tony Mason, and I work on the imagery team.

02:16Today I'd like to share with you some of the new imagery capabilities we've been working on.

02:20Later this summer, premium imagery will be introduced to ArcGIS Online as streaming services.

02:26These services range from new basemaps to intelligent imagery.

02:31As you know, Esri continues to improve the already great world imagery basemap.

02:37And here's an example over the Denver International Airport.

02:40As we can see by the hole in the ground, there's some construction going on in the area.

02:44And as I query my map, I can see that this image is from 2012, which is pretty recent.

02:50But with premium imagery, I get access to the most up-to-date imagery available.

02:55For my ArcGIS Online group, I can do a search for premium imagery, and I can add in the Digital Globe global basemap.

03:03Right away, I can see that this service has updated imagery.

03:09Now this service gets updates quarterly to select areas, and as we can see, this image is just a couple months old.

03:21In addition to premium basemaps, I also have access to rich imagery, such as a new multispectral service from RapidEye.

03:27Let's go to Mexico and take a look.

03:30In areas like northern Mexico, monitoring using premium imagery is an excellent way to...

03:34...understand the change in vegetation over large areas.

03:39The RapidEye multispectral service delivers five-meter imagery with new collections every 30 days.

03:45And just like my premium basemaps, I also have access to metadata, such as acquisition date and sun elevation.

03:54And because this is a dynamic image services, I can also change the way my imagery is displayed.

04:00I can make band combinations on-the-fly to make features easier to see...

04:05...or I can select from one of the predefined information products, such as a healthy vegetation index.

04:12And there you have just a few examples of the exciting new imagery capabilities now available on ArcGIS Online.

04:19Premium imagery also works on my desktop.

04:22From my ArcGIS Online, I can go to my Premium Imagery Services group...

04:30...and I can add in a Digital Globe multispectral service over Provo Bay, Utah.

04:35This service delivers WorldView-2 imagery at 60-centimeter resolution.

04:39Now this service is unique.

04:41It has eight bands as well as a series of information products such as color infrared...

04:48...a view to enhance water features, as well as this wetlands view.

04:55By running the classification on this dynamic image service, I can monitor the water level around the Bay.

05:02Now, I'm specifically interested in the southern part of the bay where I can see that this particular parcel...

05:09...has lost 24 acres of land due to the rise in water level.

05:13And there you have just one example of premium imagery used on the desktop.

05:19Premium imagery is also available to put into your web applications for analysis.

05:24The Digital Globe first-look service provides access to near-real-time imagery for natural disasters, political instability...

05:33...as well as manmade crises all over the world within hours of collection.

05:38Let's take a look at the results of the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado and perform some analysis.

05:43Here we have our pre-event imagery.

05:45And as I change my view to my post-event imagery, I can immediately see the damage done by the tornado.

05:52I can also use this imagery to sketch an area on the map that was damaged by the tornado.

06:00I can then ask ArcGIS Online to return some information about my affected area.

06:08I now have information about how many homes were affected, the total population displaced...

06:13...as well as the total home value in my affected area.

06:17Bringing near-real-time imagery and demographics together from ArcGIS Online has endless possibilities.

06:25The last example I wanted to share with you is premium content that provides access to predictive near-real-time imagery.

06:34Here we have a series of weather layers provided by AccuWeather.

06:38Now, while devastating weather like the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado happens infrequently...

06:42...weather does affect businesses every day.

06:45By using near-real-time imagery and predictive weather layers, I can make timely decisions to help safeguard my organization.

06:53We are very excited to bring these new premium services to ArcGIS Online with many more to come this fall. Thank you.

07:01That's good, Tony. Yeah. That's good. Perfect. I love that, don't you?

07:10Getting connected to the real - I mean, when the Google Earth thing first came out, everybody was looking up, can they see me here?

07:17Then they found out, it was years old. So, your work.

07:21And, by the way, I want to acknowledge Tony.

07:22He's been working with each of the different image providers...

07:26...standing up the image server and making this whole thing come alive.

07:30So, thank you, Tony. That's great.

07:31Thanks, Jack.

07:38At 10.2, the server capability gets enhanced, but also this dramatic thing of making ArcGIS Online available on-premise occurs.

07:50The enhancements, of course, are improved quality, some new enterprise integration tools to make security tighter.

07:58This is something I know many of you are concerned about in these days.

08:03Also, better administrative tools and also support for some new databases. 00:08:08

08:15And we're also working closely with SAP to support HANA at some point in the future.

08:22Oh, there's also the real-time extension.

08:25But I'll talk about that more in just a moment.

08:27I want to concentrate on this slide with respect to the portal for ArcGIS technology.

08:34And in that regard, it basically makes your own server like ArcGIS Online.

08:43It implements the content management aspect of ArcGIS Online, it allows you to make your own web maps on-premise...

08:51...and it also supports these new, cool apps that are coming out.

08:56Now, this technology is kind of a dramatic thing, sort of like the desktop now includes ArcGIS Online.

09:03Actually, all advanced server users will get Portal for ArcGIS as part of their standard maintenance.

09:10It's one of those cool things.

09:16This allows you to implement online, on-premise.

09:23The extension I talked about for real-time is called GeoEvent Processor, and this exploits big, real-time data.

09:35It does inline processing.

09:36Think of it like a pipeline where there's this huge amount of data coming in on the left...

09:41...there's some rules that you set up to look at that data, process it, and send out messages on the right.

09:48For example, one of our partners, exactEarth, has stood up this service for all the ships on the planet.

09:56So they're monitoring millions of messages, like their location and so on.

10:01Alerts can be sent out of that flow based on are they getting close to a harbor, should a little tugboat come out, or whatever.

10:09Kind of fun.

10:12I don't know exactly how each of you will use this, but I know for many of you...

10:16...real-time data and especially big real-time data is challenging.

10:20This just is a nice solution.

10:22But for others, premium services from these kind of providers will allow you to geoenrich your information that you use locally.

10:31It's just a beautiful piece of tools, and it's an extension to ArcGIS Server.

10:39Moving on a bit, ArcGIS apps empower everyone.

10:43That's the vision of them.

10:45The app world is taking off obviously everywhere, and these apps include common functions...

10:53...that we do in GIS like viewing and query and editing, and even analytics as you started to see in Suzanne's demo.

11:02And there's much more coming in a few minutes.

11:05But there's new kinds of apps that extend GIS into other areas.

11:09For example, geoawareness, like the dashboard app.

11:13Many of you are actually already using it.

11:16Or, location analytics like the Microsoft Office app that puts maps inside of your spreadsheets.

11:23And then there's story maps.

11:25There's going to be hundreds, thousands of these kinds of apps emerge over the next year...

11:32...and they will enable you to extend your power, extend the power of GIS in beautiful ways.

11:42ArcGIS Online is the parallel to ArcGIS Server.

11:45You've probably figured that out right now.

11:48It lives in the cloud. It allows us to run ArcGIS in the cloud.

11:54And at - well at - I want to say at 10.2, but actually it isn't 10.2, it happened a few nights ago.

12:01A major release occurred with these analytics from the cloud.

12:07Suzanne showed some of that; you might have been surprised - what the heck is she doing?

12:10It's not just data. She's running analysis in the cloud!

12:14And geoenrichment. You saw her do that, too.

12:17Like, I can point at a location and get my location geoenriched!

12:21I can know about these places and lots and lots of other things, including new items.

12:27I can bring in geoRSS feeds.

12:30I can store and manage my Excel files, and PDFs, and so on.

12:35In a couple of months, we're going to support a new marketplace.

12:39This is kind of like the Apple App Store for GIS users, for our partners, for you...

12:46...to share and download and use different kinds of apps.

12:51So here's the positioning that like to think of for ArcGIS Online.

12:56It is a completely SaaS solution.

12:59That means software as a service.

13:02But it's also a complement to your on-premise systems, which is the way that most of you are using it.

13:09You have your main system, and then you use some online.

13:13Now you're all users of it, as a matter of fact.

13:15So, take advantage of it.

13:18I think hybrid approaches are exactly the way of the future and, well, I'm taking up some time of somebody...

13:27...who I'd rather have talk here, and that's Lauren Bennett.

13:31And she's going to show you what ArcGIS Online is, and define a different way of doing things...

13:38...which is what web GIS is really helping us do.

13:41Lauren, you want to see it?

13:43Thanks, Jack. Thank you.

13:45I'm Lauren Bennett, and I'm a product engineer on the Spatial Analysis development team.

13:50At this time last year, pretty much all you could do in ArcGIS Online was make a map.

13:56But over the last year, ArcGIS Online has transformed from a mapping application to a true web GIS.

14:03So I'll a few minutes to explore the power of ArcGIS Online, using the example of the Keystone Pipeline project...

14:10...which is to propose to run from Texas up to the Alberta Tar Sands, and connect with existing pipeline infrastructure.

14:17And we want to do this from the point of view of three different users.

14:21The first is a conservation NGO that has a couple of questions.

14:25They want to know if there are critical habitats near the pipeline...

14:29...how many miles of the pipeline will run above the Ogalala Aquifer...

14:33...and the likelihood that a natural disaster like an earthquake might damage the pipeline.

14:38So we'll start with their question about critical habitat.

14:42We've brought that data in from ArcGIS Online, and to answer this question...

14:46...we'll take advantage of the new ability to perform analysis on the layers in our map.

14:52In this case, we want to summarize nearby the pipeline, looking for critical habitat, within 25 miles.

15:00Not only do we want to know the total square miles of critical habitat near the pipeline...

15:04...we also want to know the different types of critical habitat that might be impacted.

15:11So we'll run that analysis.

15:12It's going to take about 30 seconds.

15:14So to save some time, we'll take a look at an output of that tool.

15:18And we can see that in the northern section of pipeline, we have about 612 square miles of critical habitat...

15:24...that might be impacted, and in the southern section we have another 8.8.

15:29In addition to those totals, we also get information about each different type of critical habitat.

15:34That output is created as a stand-alone table that's supported in ArcGIS Online, and we can take a look at that here.

15:41So, one of the critical habitats that stands out is where we have nearly 500 square miles of Topeka Shiner habitat near the pipeline.

15:49And that is right about there.

15:52So we can take a closer look at that area.

15:55Another reason that we might want to take a closer look at this area is because...

15:58...this is where the pipeline is proposed to run above the Ogalala Aquifer.

16:03We want to know how many miles of pipeline will run above the aquifer.

16:06And to do that, we'll perform another analysis.

16:09This time, we want to summarize within the aquifer, looking for the length of the proposed pipeline.

16:19We'll run that analysis.

16:20Now, while it's running, we also wanted to take a look at the likelihood that a natural disaster might damage the pipeline...

16:28...maybe an earthquake.

16:30So, to do that, to look at that kind of real-time data, we can bring in a geoRSS feed.

16:35In this case, it's a geoRSS feed that is hosted by the USGS.

16:39And adding it to the map is as simple as copying and pasting the URL and choosing to add the layer to map.

16:49So we'll a look at those geoRSS feeds when they come in - looks like we may have been asking too much of the browser...

17:00...downloading a lot of earthquakes from that geoRSS feed - okay, we'll try that again. It's Murphy's Law.

17:17Here we go - reload.

17:21It had to happen to someone, that someone is me.

17:28So - sorry - so we'll add that layer again, geoRSS feed - I'm brave.

17:47And we can take a look at the real-time data, right here on the map, very simply.

17:53I also know that that output is going to tell us that we had about 231 miles of pipeline running above the aquifer.

18:01So we're able to answer these very common spatial questions really simply using these simple tools in ArcGIS Online.

18:09The next user is an environmental justice organization that wants to make sure that the pipeline isn't running...

18:15...disproportionately through lower income or disadvantaged communities.

18:19To do that, we have to take a look at some demographics.

18:23We brought in some demographics from ArcGIS Online, but in this case we're looking at unemployment.

18:27And to answer our question, we really need to take a look at income.

18:31So all we have to do is change the symbology on this dynamic map service to take a look at median household income...

18:38...instead of unemployment, and we'll take a look at median household income.

18:48And we can do some visual analysis.

18:49We can see the darker areas where we have higher income, the lighter areas where we have lower income.

18:55Now, we can do visual analysis, but we want to dig a little bit deeper.

18:59We want to take a look at the underlying data.

19:01So we can open up that table, take a look at the raw data, and we can do things like filter.

19:06In this case, we want to see just the census tracts where the median household income is less than $30,000 a year.

19:15We can apply the filter, and we can see where those locations are in relation to the proposed pipeline.

19:21Now, at this point we've done a visual analysis, we've done some tabular analysis.

19:25The last think we want to do is a statistical spatial analysis.

19:29We want to analyze the patterns of median household income and find statistically significant...

19:34...hot and cold spots of median household income in this area.

19:40While that's running, we can take a look at the output.

19:46The areas in red are statistically significant clusters of high median household income.

19:52The areas in blue are clusters of lower income.

19:55And if we zoom in to the Houston and Port Arthur area where the pipeline will terminate...

20:00...we can see some interesting patterns that we might want to investigate further.

20:04Not only can we create maps and do analysis in ArcGIS Online, it's also a powerful platform for sharing and collaborating.

20:13In this case, we've created a group to share our data and our analysis from our Keystone Pipeline assessment.

20:19But this is a pretty sensitive topic.

20:21And, for that reason, we created this group as a read-only group, meaning that only the group administrator...

20:26...is able to contribute content so that we ensure that we're providing authoritative data...

20:31...and analysis to the members of our group.

20:34In addition to being able to share maps and apps and data and tools, we can also share nonspatial content...

20:41...like this PDF, which is hosted in ArcGIS Online, which really is a geospatial content management system...

20:48...allowing us to share our work with a much broader audience.

20:52The last user is a journalist from Lincoln, Nebraska, who wants to visit the five pump stations...

20:59...that run along the proposed pipeline in Nebraska to interview communities and see how they feel about the project.

21:07The first thing we might want to do is plan the trip.

21:09And we can do that using the new ability to get directions right inside of ArcGIS Online.

21:15I can click on each one of these map notes here, which I just drop down on the map.

21:19It's doing that reverse geocoding on–the-fly.

21:25And then we have some more advanced options.

21:27We have the option to optimize the order of those stops, and we can return to start.

21:33We can run that analysis, and we get our turn-by-turn directions.

21:39We also have the ability to add the route as a layer in our map.

21:43Once that route is a layer in our map, it opens up a lot of other possibilities, like performing additional analysis.

21:51In this case, we want to enrich that route with contextual information about the communities that we'll be visiting.

21:57We want to get some key demographic facts and also some landscape data within five miles of the route.

22:08And we can take a look at the kind of information that we get when we do that kind of enrichment...

22:12...so we information about land use and land cover, information about population, income and other demographics.

22:21The last thing that we want to do is share the map.

22:23And a great way to do that is as a web application.

22:27Creating a web application is really easy to do using ArcGIS Online because of the apps that come as part of the platform.

22:35One of my favorites is the new story map template which allows you to build a beautiful application...

22:40...using this very simple builder.

22:43And I've already done that, and we can take a look at that.

22:50So I built this app using the builder, without writing a single line of code.

22:56And it was actually a lot of fun.

22:57You drag and drop the photos, you write the text, you set the look and the feel of the application...

23:02...and you're able to share your work with everybody.

23:05So clearly, ArcGIS Online is so much more than a mapping application.

23:10It lets us solve problems, it helps us make more information decisions, and it helps us share our work with the whole world.

23:17Thank you.

23:18That's great, thank you Lauren. Fun. Especially the geoRSS feed that you came back. That was beautiful.


23:28Yeah, browser problem.

23:30Isn't this an amazing platform?

23:33I mean, think about that.

23:34The implications of it, and now you're all users of it, that's the point.

23:39And when I was behind the stage, somebody sent me a little note that says, what about for home use?

23:45Are they also going to get ArcGIS Online? What do you think? We should do that?

23:50Yes! Okay, there you go!

23:54That's not a joke, that's really what happened.

23:58Hey, what Lauren showed was not just content.

24:04She showed a new workflow using online analytics. And this is just beginning.

24:11As the fall release comes, as the next spring release comes, there's going to be more and more analytics put into this environment.

24:17Which, again, at this point, you should realize is not just in the cloud, it can also be on-premise.

24:26So think about the workflow alteration.

24:29Who's going to be using this?

24:31It's a new kind of approach for GIS. Interactive, real-time, et cetera.

24:41At the same time, we've been working rather hard on developing something called location analytics.

24:48This is really geoenabling business systems, starting with Microsoft Office as services.

24:57But also much bigger systems - SAP, Microsoft's Dynamics, SharePoint, IBM's Cognos system, SalesForce, and on and on.

25:09What this means is that mapping and analytics start to spread across the enterprise.

25:14You support it, but users are helping themselves do geo within the organization, right across the organization.

25:24We call this "Esri maps for"...so sometimes it's a little confusing.

25:28Esri Maps for Office, Esri Maps for Cognos...

25:31Just know that as a kind of way that we describe it.

25:36I want to spend a couple minutes on solutions.

25:39For the last couple of years we've been working on something called Solution products...

25:44...solution templates, excuse me. Solution templates.

25:48These are a collection of apps and maps and data models and tools for different vertical areas..

25:55...like local government and state government, for emergency management, for security and military, and also for utilities.

26:03There's over a hundred of these now, and they're free to you.

26:06You can just simply go to the website, download them, and make systems come alive with real applications.

26:13These are also open-sourced on GitHub so that our partners can take it an extend it and build more sophisticated products from it.

26:22Our experience with this is they're quite popular.

26:24There's tens and tens and tens of thousands of downloads of these, and they're really making people productive in focused areas.

26:34Another category of solution products is our commercial solution products.

26:37These are, again, focused areas; for example, for production mapping and charting.

26:43And there are hundreds and hundreds of national mapping agencies and regional mapping agencies...

26:48...who use it like a back office factory.

26:51And then there's roads and highways, and focused areas of solution for business and open data geoportals and a number of others.

27:00These are going to be showcased, I think, starting tomorrow in the Esri area.

27:04So those of you who are interested in these areas, I welcome you to take a look at it.

27:11Looking ahead, what's going to happen with ArcGIS?

27:16We're going to continue improving the platform in two ways - software releases, as we have been doing for 30 years...

27:25...but also continuous online improvements.

27:28In a couple of weeks, we're going to release 10.2.

27:32This is a significant release as you've begun to see.

27:36But also, a couple of days ago, ArcGIS Online had a significant release on a lot of fronts.

27:42That will happen with a faster cadence - more in the fall, more in the winter, more in the spring.

27:49Next year, you're going to see some very exciting stuff in the form of new apps.

27:55These apps are going to be shown just before lunch so I want you to stay late in the next session.

28:03They embrace many of the things you've asked for - 64 bit; multiple windows, especially in the desktop world...

28:12...a fluid display, much faster, and support elements of geodesign and integrating of 3D...

28:19...as Nathan was joking with me about.

28:23So we'll continue to work on quality.

28:25We'll continue to work on what you tell us to do, and a lot of this user meeting is about that.

28:31So don't just be nice, tell us this is screwed up, or this needs work, or why don't you figure this out?

28:38That's part of why you're here, for us anyway.

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