Announcement: The Geospatial Information & Technology Association Webinars are Happening!

Announcement: The Geospatial Information & Technology Association Webinars are Happening!

In the last five years, the fields of Augmented Reality and ArcGIS have merged together to create a beautiful fusion of visual functionality that is influencing the way field technicians and other specialists are able to work. While this ground-breaking tech is making waves in the media and being hinted at in movies, many wonder: is this here, right now? Is it real? GITA is happy to announce a series of two webinars that focus on answering these questions, explaining the tech propelling this change, and how the Argis Lens technology is a catalyst for some big changes. But that's just the beginning. Other technologies such as drones, machine learning, alternative interfaces for different types of AR and more play a part, too. We invite you to join us in exploring these intriguing topics with us! 

Tracking Records that Matter

Broomfield Simplifies Cemetery Plot Management by Extending Web AppBuilder

By H Carlisle

In Michigan last February,  two sisters discovered, to their shock and horror, that the cemetery where they had buried their brother 15 years prior had lost him. No headstone, no records, nothing. They desperately tried to locate him, but their attempts have been fruitless. Heartbroken and dismayed, they are still dealing with the aftershock and harsh reality that their brother was somehow misplaced.

How does this happen? How does a cemetery lose vital information and misplace someone?

Arguably the biggest challenge is data management. Hard copy maps get lost, destroyed, or simply crumble over time. Records can be misplaced, and eventually the people who knew who was buried where also die.

Fortunately, geospatial data can change all of that.

In fact, Broomfield, Colorado will soon be home to a brand-new section of cemetery, and its interment staff is among the first to be equipped with an interactive tool to manage their data more efficiently with ArcGIS mapping at its foundation.

Argis Solutions has developed a customized Web AppBuilder widget that builds upon the current process for buying cemetery plots. It's a workflow app: first, a customer is shown which plots are available, indicated by a particular color. Next, when a plot is chosen, the app changes the plot's color and creates a PDF report detailing the legal agreement the customer will adhere to. Once the newly signed document has been scanned back into the system by the cemetery administration—and payment is received—the app automatically updates the plot with a new color to reflect its purchased status.

 Screenshot of Broomfield's New WebAppBuilder Widget

Screenshot of Broomfield's New WebAppBuilder Widget

The widget also allows the interment staff to perform surname searches, and family information will be geographically linked to real cemetery plots. All past records will be loaded into the map and made searchable as well, making this technology a powerful tool for tracking important information. This technology will empower the cemetery staff to quickly and efficiently find records, and their corresponding locations, allowing staff members to confidently provide the best service possible for those looking for plots.

While most cemeteries are accustomed to paper record keeping or static maps, having a searchable, dynamic, color-coded map capable of creating PDF reports and keeping track of the purchasing process will undoubtedly save time and frustration for all parties involved. This unique way of extending ArcGIS that embraces the workflow process for cemetery administration makes a lot of sense.

Practical, helpful, and available in real-time, this Web AppBuilder widget is just one more way Argis Solutions is helping a client meet their real-world needs by extending ArcGIS.

If you are interested in exploring how Argis Solutions can help meet your company's real-world needs, set up a call here. We want to hear from you!

Experience AR at the Esri UC 2018

Esri’s User Conference is something to be experienced in person. GIS professionals gather in the San Diego Convention Center for a week of geospatial thought leadership and thousands of hours of GIS learning. It is a great chance to discover how GIS is transforming our world. Augmented Reality is at the forefront of that transformation and Argis Solutions is the premier provider of Augmented Reality integrated with ArcGIS.

If you are going to the UC in July, it is a great opportunity to learn more how the Argis Lens is changing meter reading in the Esri StartUp Demo Theater, how North Carolina’s Project Zero in its final stages is making a difference in educating the community with the help of Argis Solutions’ consulting team, and most importantly, see real-world application for Augmented Reality and how it is changing the way we see our maps.

North Carolina’s Vision Zero Map:
Enabling Access to Traffic Crash Patterns

GIS for Safety Management

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Venue: SDCC - Room 24 BNCSU Project Zero Visualization Project

Co-presenters: Burke Foley and Brady Hustad

 Burke Foley

Burke Foley

 
 Brady Hustad

Brady Hustad

 

The main thrust of the NC Vision Zero initiative is to create a unified traffic safety vision that helps reduce risky driving behaviors by changing the overall traffic safety culture. The Vision Zero Map application accomplishes this by engaging ALL safety partners, including the public, as a way to bring this shared safety vision to reality. Safety educators especially will find the Vision Zero Map application and website a rich tool for educational purposes. 

Improved Meter Reading with Augmented Reality

Startup Zone Spotlight Theater

Date: Wednesday, July 11
Time:  2:30 pm - 2:50 pm
Venue: SDCC - Esri Showcase: Startup Zone Spotlight Theater
Presenter: Brian Collison

 Brian Collison

Brian Collison

 

The Argis Lens brings GIS data into the 3D world meter readers work in. Learn how integrating the ArcGIS implementation of the Lines, Hydrants, Meters Department in the City of Thornton, CO with Augmented Reality improves the productivity and improves asset documentation.

AR/VR Special Interest Group Meeting (SIG) 

Co-Sponsored by Argis Solutions

Date: Tuesday, July 10
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Venue: SDCC - Room 28 E  - AR/VR SIG

Presenter: Brady Hustad

 Brady Hustad

Brady Hustad

 

Rapid advancements in spatial awareness and display capabilities of mobile devices and headsets are powering innovative simulations and augmentations of reality with authoritative geospatial data. The ArcGIS Platform is critical for hosting geospatial data and operations, powering 3D capabilities, and enabling immersive mixed reality experiences. This meeting will include presentations from customers who build augmented, virtual, and mixed reality (AR/VR/MR) solutions on the ArcGIS platform.

Experience AR at the UC by visiting Argis at Booth Z2 in the Start Up Zone!

The Esri's User Conference takes place July 9 - 13, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California. We'd love to connect with you. Let us know you will be there.   

2-Dimensional vs Augmented Reality: What's Next for the Digital Map

2-Dimensional vs Augmented Reality: What's Next for the Digital Map

Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.  The composite view of AR brings that necessary connection between maps and the real world. It is the missing link to a seamless user experience. Users can make better decisions faster because they can immediately interpret their data in context with the world it is intended to represent. 

Argis Lens + Esri: Winning Combination

Congratulations to the team who used our AR application, the Argis Lens, at CODE4PA Hackathon last week and won the  “Best Use of #Geospatial Tech Using #Esri” category. Argis Solutions is excited to see the implintation of GIS into the educational sphere. Watch the whole video

Final 5 minute version of Harrisburg University's team HackU presentation pitch for Code4PA 2017.