Maponics' Impressions from Esri UC 2015
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Well over 15,000 GIS professionals, educators, and students from 130 countries attended the conference this year. The exhibit floor was the largest ever, with organizations representing some the world’s largest companies and government organizations as well as early stage start-ups that were located in a first ever Start-up Zone.
“Applying Geography Everywhere” was the conference’s main theme, and this played out throughout the week by the Esri staff, attendees, and exhibitors. A second trending theme was “story maps,” or the ability to communicate through geography and mapping. And a third major theme was Web GIS, which is a continuing industry trend that has gained higher awareness and participation. Web GIS significantly increases the accessibility and shareability of all things geographic and location.
The 2015 UC revealed many more companies as imagery suppliers, image processing and analytics technologies, and point cloud data collectors. We also witnessed the growth and reach of companies that have extended the use and applications of Esri core technologies into the operational processes of government and commercial organizations alike. And geospatial data content providers were prevalen — this is where Maponics stood out as an unique provider of boundaries and contextual databases that focus on hyper-local data that enhances the end user experience for enterprise, web, mobile, and social media applications.
This year, Maponics was invited to participate and exhibit as one of its partners within the TomTom booth. Maponics builds its International Postal boundaries and International Administrative boundaries from TomTom’s industry-leading core streets data base. Demonstrations were presented showing the benefits of the aforementioned data. Being co-located with TomTom was very synergistic and each company attracted attendees to the booth. Visitors to the TomTom booth and to the Maponics exhibit quickly understood the interoperabilities between the two companies. Carahsoft, a company that resells and represents our respective products and companies to government end users at the federal, state, and local levels was also onhand in TomTom's booth with their own exhibit space.