ESRI co-sponsors DGI 2009 – Europe’s Premier Defence GIS Conference – Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
January 16, 2009

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ESRI Inc is the Co-Sponsor of DGI 2009, being held 19-22 January in London, which has become Europe’s largest annual gathering dedicated to high-level discussion addressing the major challenges of the defence and government geospatial intelligence community. ESRI is the world’s leading supplier of COTS GIS capability to the defence and security community and will be contributing two presentations to the conference as well as exhibiting its ArcGIS system:

Government Information Sharing: The challenges and opportunities of Enterprise GIS

Jeff Peters
Director of Federal Programs

GIS companies are traditionally good at delivering high-level visions for geospatially centric information systems, high-level system concepts, and COTS software. The challenge for defence and intelligence organizations is often in the implementation of these visions and related architectures where the gap between them and the COTS software is too large. This presentation will explore the concept of “solution templates” which help solve this problem. A solution template answers specific questions like: What is the actual information model for the system? What is the actual workflow for the system? Who are the actual users of the system? We hope that this will be a thought provoking presentation looking at improved ways of implementing an enterprise GIS to better enable government information sharing.

GIS in Defence & Intelligence – What next?

Chris Dorman
European Defence Business Coordinator
ESRI (although he works for ESRI Inc, Chris is based at the ESRI (UK) office in Aylesbury)

Whilst the GIS community knows the power of GIS it is only now becoming pervasive throughout defence and intelligence organisations. It is only just being accepted as a key technology for collaboration, visualisation and dissemination of ideas, plans and decisions. So how is defence adopting GIS technology today and how will it be used in the future? This presentation will show the potential value of GIS in a defence-wide services-oriented architecture and discuss various challenges faced during implementation. It will also look at some of the ways GIS will impact defence capabilities by geospatially enabling procedures and exploiting the power of geospatial analytical techniques. The presenter will propose an answer to the question “GIS in Defence & Intelligence – What next?”


ESRI Inc is exhibiting at the conference (stand number 15-18) with ESRI (UK) representatives on hand to handle UK based interests. They are presenting ArcGIS as a complete Geographic Information System Serving the Defence and Intelligence Community:

· An integrated software suite for desktop, server, web and mobile geospatial applications.

· Integrates with commercial, military and IT standards

· Used by DoD, NATO and coalition partners globally

· Tools for intelligence Analysis and Dissemination:

o Common Operating Picture – Situational Awareness is disseminated to a variety of people and locations to provide a common operating picture

o Data Management

o Planning and Analysis – The fusion of time-sensitive, dynamic data with geographic information allows for quicker and more intuitive action

o Field operations – ESRI’s mobile response tool for use with desktop, tablet and handheld devices provides more timely and accurate information to field personnel, intelligence analysts and commander.

About ESRI (UK)

Established in 1989, ESRI (UK) is a British company that is part of the ESRI network, the world’s leading supplier of commercial off the shelf (COTS) GIS capability to the defence and national security community for almost 40 years. As the UK’s leading authority on GIS, ESRI (UK) works with the MOD, DE&S, business partners and the Systems Integrator community to provide best of breed solutions across the land, air, sea and joint domains. See and

DGI 2009

For further information:

Celia Turner

Celia Turner Public Relations

Tel: +44 (0)207 485 7760

Mob:+44 (0)7703 344425

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