Bringing GEOINT to the Cloud

Hexagon U.S. Federal to demonstrate real-time analytics with espionage game


Hexagon U.S. Federal (Booth 1051), which recently rebranded from Intergraph Government Services, has more than three decades of experience serving the GEOINT Community.

The company, a subsidiary of Hexagon AB, offers imaging software, data integration, asset management, and information analytics to its government customers.

“We can bring more solutions to bear on a specific problem than any one company,” said Rob Mott, Hexagon U.S. Federal’s vice president of geospatial solutions.

The company’s theme for its GEOINT 2017 booth is “bringing GEOINT to the cloud.” Hexagon U.S. Federal highlights a number of emerging technologies, including a cloud-based exploitation solution consisting of an analysis platform called M.App eX and a web application for image and data management called Web GLT.

The company is also demoing a real-time analytics capability using what Mott referred to as a “convergence platform.” This comes in the form of the Global Espionage Challenge: a game in which Symposium attendees try to “catch an enemy spy.” Participants answer a series of geography-oriented questions via text message each day, and their responses are processed by the convergence platform. Real-time analysis displays the results on a global map in the Hexagon U.S. booth. The map will reveal a daily winner based on how close the participant got to identifying the location of the enemy “spy.” Each daily winner will be awarded a Series 2 Apple Watch.

Additionally, the company is showcasing a web-based GIS technology called GeoMedia SmartClient. According to Mott, this is more than just a virtual desktop of GIS applications—it’s a highly configurable interface meant for mobile, field-based users that need to collect and input data along stringent guidelines and quality checks, often in low-bandwidth areas.

“We’re most looking forward to hearing from thought leaders about emerging trends and key challenges,” Mott said. “You really get a sense, through tone and passion for certain topics, what’s important to them—that’s the most important takeaway for us. It helps us shape our future strategies.”

Photo courtesy of Hexagon U.S. Federal

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