Thursday, July 18, 2013

GIS Touted for Disaster Response at ESRI User Conference

At the Esri User Conference 2013 which recently concluded in San Diego, California, attendees had the opportunity to hear from variety of well-placed individuals about the power of GIS for disaster response. A leading advocate on this topic was Brigadier General John Heltzel of the Kentucky National Guard. As Director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management during a series of significant natural disasters that hit the state over the past several years, BG Heltzel has been able to witness first-hand the unmistakable value GIS brings to a response. Others contributing their personal experiences to the discussion included business executives and industry experts. More below:

(xconomy, July 15, 2013)

Comment: Little doubt Esri is an exceptionally well run company that has a near monopoly in the desktop GIS world. Last year the company cleared $912 million. So the fact a company like Esri is helping promote the use of GIS for disaster response goes a long way toward helping the cause. Thanks!

Graphic: Environmental Systems Research Institute

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