Tuesday, March 19, 2013

GIS Data and Modern Mobility Solutions

I found this quote in an article titled "ESRI Takes Its Deep Mapping Software Online To Help Developers Become More Like Geographers" over the weekend, "The future is that developers will become more and more like geographers and cartographers as they increasingly work with real-world data.” ~Amber Case, ESRI.

I found that quote to be particularly enlightening as the more developers work with The Internet of Things, the more they must know about the physical world.  This has not always been the trend.  For  years developers seemed to be developing a different world, a virtual world far removed from dirty dishes, oil changes, child care and landscaping.  However, today, our virtual and physical worlds are quickly merging and developers are back into getting their hands dirty.

The rapid expansion of The Internet of Things or M2M (machine-to-machine) solutions mean many different kinds of sensors are being attached and embedded in equipment all around us.  This effort collects data and digitizes the physical world.  This data, and what it really means, is now available to developers.  For example, developers are working on understanding how real-world weather data impacts logistics delivery models.

Here is one of the most interesting concepts from the article, "ESRI sees itself blending its GIS (geospatial information systems) software to create relationships about where things are and how they are connected."
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