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Harness the Information of the Changing Earth

Increasingly, earth-based or geospatial information is being used to drive decisions in large organizations. In the past, geospatial technology companies focused on developing and providing solutions to data providers, geospatial service providers, airborne sensing organizations, national mapping agencies, state mapping agencies, DoD/National Programs and the natural resources sector. However, as geospatial technology capabilities have increased, more organizations outside this traditional geospatial customer base are discovering the offerings, with increasing interest in integrating this technology into their organization's existing enterprise business system.

Rather than understanding the vast array of remote sensing, GIS, photogrammetry, or other related geospatial offerings, these new customers speak only in terms of their business need, requiring a solution that operates and integrates with their existing software applications. For these new customers, it is vital that geospatial technology providers adequately understand their requirements, matching these needs appropriately. The geospatial tools must also meet the organization's existing security and sharing specifications.


Geospatial Business Systems

Incorporating geospatial information into the large quantities of existing data an organization maintains adds immense value. Maturing standards and improvements in web services, data compression, metadata standards, delivery and processing power are bringing geospatial data exploitation to the enterprise, making this technology readily available to non-traditional geospatial businesses. Organizations integrating geospatial technology are more equipped to manage their data and storage, with new tools to automate, extract, collaborate and share information.

Previously, geospatial technologies operated in the desktop environment, or via web applications detached from other vital software packages. Without interoperability, geospatial technology remained separate from other integral applications, including those associated with an organization's manufacturing, supply chain, financial, human resources and customer resource management systems. Separated from geospatial applications, data spread throughout an organization could not be adequately analyzed and fully transformed into the most comprehensive and understandable information. However, recent innovations and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) developments have introduced a growing number of interoperable, platform agnostic geospatial solutions. These technological advancements allow an organization to maximize the effectiveness of their existing business system.

Geospatial Business Chart

By incorporating the geospatial component into a business system, organizations have the ability to transform data into geospatial information. By incorporating standards-based interoperability throughout the authoring, managing, connecting and delivering components, the data is seamlessly integrated. As the data progresses from authoring to delivery, the value of the information also increases, from captured source content to information providing valuable decision support.

By incorporating geospatial technology into an existing business system, vast quantities of data become usable information, fully equipped to serve an organization cross-departmentally and in the B2B context. The enterprise is fully utilized, thereby maximizing an organization's potential. The future for the geospatial industry and for successful organizations is the geospatial business system, empowering the existing business system's structure by integrating existing and emerging geospatial and location-based technology to provide information throughout the enterprise.


Author, Manage, Connect, Deliver

Geospatial authoring solutions enable users to utilize raw data captured from a variety of sources to produce data sets. Users may prepare this data to be used in numerous applications, increasing its versatility and the ability to derive additional information. With authoring solutions, users may perform a number of processes and analytics. For example, users may reference raw data to location, classify land cover, or develop a spatial model to compute change in an area. Authoring solutions transform source data into products, including orthos, terrain, features, maps, 3D data, land cover data and processing models.

Thorough and complete data management enables organizations to get the appropriate information to the right people. By centrally managing authored or purchased data, the data is organized for quick and efficient discovery. With ERDAS’ solutions, users can easily manage their information, including finding, describing, cataloging and serving data and web services. Implementing the utmost security measures throughout the managing process, ERDAS adequately protects data, maintaining fidelity on the geospatial investments.

Organizations need to connect their users to share data. Additionally, organizations often want to securely connect to other businesses (B2B) to exchange and share data efficiently. Increasingly, these organizations are utilizing geospatial data, web services and location-based content, which needs to be shared internally and externally, and to a variety of client applications. ERDAS provides geospatial solutions, securely connecting users and promoting the rapid sharing of content throughout an organization or business-to-business.

After data has been provisioned, users need to be able to deliver the data customers need, the way they want it and when they need it. With ERDAS’ solutions, subscription, mobile and web services containing value-added content may be delivered to domain-specific and business applications. ERDAS enables users to quickly and efficiently deliver information to a wide variety clients, including desktop, web, mobile, OGC web clients and ECWP clients. In addition, ERDAS’ solutions provide the ability to build geoportals as a vehicle for delivery and selling data and information products. With a geoportal, an individual can find the data they need, prepare it, and send it directly to the end-user.


The Earth to Business Company

More organizations outside the traditional technological geospatial world are looking to use geospatial information to drive business decisions and processes within their organization. ERDAS is defining the systems that will put the information around our changing earth to work in business. Earth to business customers and their applications include:

  • Urban planners: monitoring green space
  • Real estate companies: finding the nearest schools to a house
  • Environmental consulting firms: evaluating the effects of residential development on a river channel
  • Civil engineering companies: viewing a before and after highway project
  • Oil/gas companies: monitoring the effects of ice sheet movements on pipelines
  • Insurance companies: assessing flooding on a residential neighborhood
  • Forestry companies: determining the financial potential of a forest stand
  • Land developers: calculating the value of a parcel of land
  • Tax assessors: estimating the effects of zoning changes on storm water infrastructure
  • E911: ascertaining an appropriate place to land a helicopter
  • Command control: understanding the terrain in an area 

Expertise: ERDAS has deep industry expertise in imagery and in understanding geospatial data. We are the standards experts, experts in web enablement and in creating geospatial business systems. ERDAS has the geospatial industry knowledge, solutions and people to help your business identify ways to reduce costs and create new revenue-generating opportunities.

Reputation: ERDAS' proven expertise naturally lends itself to a strong brand/reputation. Put simply, organizations trust ERDAS. ERDAS has a solid history of delivering reliable technology that improves your company's reputation and brand in the marketplace. ERDAS has also been around for decades and has a history of financial stability and product quality.

Service and support: Knowing that everyone is not a geospatial person, ERDAS takes responsibility for solving technical problems, providing friendly, professional, personalized service that resolves issues quickly. In addition, ERDAS helps an organization quickly get up-to-speed and productive on its solutions. Already known for excellent customer service with its desktop applications, ERDAS now extends its customer service model to the enterprise.

Customers: ERDAS works in the government and private sectors, extending beyond GIS departments to include departments throughout the enterprise. ERDAS solutions appeal to a broad range of users, taking into account people who have different levels of geospatial information experience.

Innovative: ERDAS solutions are modern, relevant and innovative, helping customers get a greater share of the business available. Constantly striving to deliver state-of-the-art solutions, organizations use ERDAS to stay ahead of the pack by being efficient and productive.

Backed by Hexagon: ERDAS is a part of a $2+ billion organization that brings financial stability, global reach, expertise and more. Organizations can trust that ERDAS will be around for the long term.


ERDAS Solutions

Geospatial Business System: ERDAS provides a global geospatial solution, designed for desktop and enterprise use.  ERDAS solutions cannot only be used across the enterprise, but outside of the enterprise as well, extending information to and from the field, to business partners and across the Web. A geospatial business system meets the full spectrum of an organization’s requirements, transforming geospatial data into information useful for decision-making processes. The specific components and capabilities include:

  • Authoring: Transforming source data into products, including orthos, terrain, features, maps, 3D data, land cover data and processing models
  • Managing: Finding, describing, cataloging and publishing data and web services.
  • Connecting: Linking users within an organization, allowing the rapid sharing of content throughout the organization or business to business.
  • Delivering: Subscription, mobile and web services which contain value-added content delivered to a variety of domain-specific and business applications.
Comprehensive feature set and functionality: ERDAS offers a broad range of geospatial information technology, delivering the most comprehensive solutions in image exploitation, processing, visualization and data management. ERDAS’ complete and comprehensive solution set include automated capabilities and functionality built into the system, visualization and delivery, vector editing and topology and Web services, to name a few.

  • Managing change:ERDAS solutions provide for better managing of information around the changing earth—authoring and maintaining fresh up-to-date content that can be used as the source for creating information products.
  • Social Networking: ERDAS helps dynamically connect users to one another inside an organization while also connecting organizations to one another (B2B)
Open and interoperable: The ERDAS platform is open and standards compliant, enabling other solutions and technologies to plug into it, while providing extensibility to build vertical market solutions. Additionally, this allows ERDAS solutions to plug into other existing platforms. The enterprise geospatial platform is built according to industry standards and works together seamlessly with other business systems.

  • The new (business) users speak in terms of business needs, requiring a solution that integrates with their existing software applications. This is what ERDAS delivers.

Accessible: Accessible on site, remotely and via the Web, users can more quickly and easily utilize and manage geospatial information, reducing redundancy and creating data more efficiently.

Easy-to-use: With intuitive interfaces, users are able to get up and running with minimal training, making it easier for them to do their jobs. Professionals new to geospatial information can use the information to do their job better without being geospatial experts.

Performance/speed: ERDAS solutions easily handle large data sources with increased performance. Regardless of data size, ERDAS solutions rapidly and efficiently author, manage, connect and deliver geospatial information.

Flexible/customizable: ERDAS solutions are highly flexible, customizable and scalable to handle very large volumes of data, as well as a large number of simultaneous users. The ERDAS platform has been configured to provide greater flexibility for customers to integrate, tailor and extend solutions for use in any vertical market.

Business intelligence: With ERDAS, organizations have improved visibility into all information and projects. Users can query a variety of data, which improves decision making on a day-to-day basis. Decisions are then more strategic and integrated with other corporate business objectives, helping you get the most value from your geospatial data.

  • By incorporating geospatial technology into an existing business system, vast quantities of data become useable information, fully equipped to serve an organization cross-departmentally and in the B2B context.

Accuracy: With the most rigorous tools for modeling, managing and understanding data production workflows, ERDAS ensures fidelity of geospatial content throughout the lifecycle of geospatial information.

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