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“Turning Big Data into Actionable Information” (August 12, 2016)
Mansour Raad with Esri. He will briefly review tools that allow users to aggregate at spatial, temporal and attribute levels billions of records to be analyzed and visualized in non-traditional way. In addition, Raad will demonstrate the application, GeoStatistics, to turn Big Data into actionable information in the space of Smart Cities, IoT, Telematics, Automotive, Insurance, Health Care, Advertisement and Telco.
Raad notes, “Some say that Big Data is about Volume, Velocity, Variety. I say it is more about ‘when the traditional means are failing you.’ You know you are in a Big Data realm when the data is not very large, not coming at you very fast and is structured, but the window of opportunity to respond to it with intelligence requires non-traditional means.” He points out, “Today, most of this Big Data comes attached with a specific location in the form of geographical coordinates or implicitly in the form of an internet address or a tweet e.g. ‘I’m eating a Chicago style pizza in downtown Boston.'”
With over 25 years of experience in the IT/GIS field, Raad is the lead Big Data Subject Matter Expert at Esri as a Cloudera certified Hadoop developer and HBase specialist. In this role, he often assists commercial and government customers in implementing Big Data geospatial solutions. He has performed as team lead in architecting and implementing product solutions for ArcGIS. Raad earned a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and frequently blogs on Big Data topics and examples of Geospatial implementations at http://thunderheadxpler.blogspot.com.
“Smart City & Intelligent Public Safety Solutions” (July 15, 2016)
Nour Shawky, CEO at Softec International in the United Arab Emirates, will address the challenges of keeping up with higher crime rates and terror and regional threats, as well as monitoring and controlling risks to meet citizen demands for public safety and national security. The presentation will discuss the technological platforms that can be built to streamline and improve public safety and justice operations, reduce first response times, efficiently manage emergencies and crisis, and intelligently analyze and predict information. Emphasis is placed on situational domain awareness, improving communication, and mobility and cloud technologies to offload workloads and align different organizations and departments to form safer cities in a smarter way.
Shawky has been extensively engaged in managing projects of national scales. He has built Softec International into one of the leading smart city and IoT software solutions companies covering areas of public safety, emergency management, fleet & transportation management, and agriculture and energy. He graduated from the University of Passau, Germany with a degree in computer science, receiving the faculty prize for excellence and earning the top grade of the graduation year. He earned his MSc with Distinction in Software Systems Engineering/Financial Stream from University College London and London Business School.
The use of open source geographic information system (GIS) software is increasingly considered one of the GIS implementation options for local governments and companies in the USA. Over the past few years, the market share of open source GIS based solutions has gained momentum as more competitors are entering the field, providing better IT integration opportunities, and addressing such issues as the lack of proper software support.
This presentation will shed light on the current state of technology in open source software, and answer questions related to current situation and future technology trends in open source GIS. Topics include strengths and weaknesses of open source solutions, the extent to which open source GIS software is used in local government operations, big data, cloud architecture, and crowd sourcing. The talk will also feature technical demonstrations of successfully implemented real-world solutions based on open source GIS platforms. Our guest speakers include Anthony Calamita, Federal C hief Technology Officer, Boundless, and Ahmen Osman, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Cartologic.
Ahmed Osman is the founder and chief technology officer of Cartologic, based in Giza, Egypt, which is focused on bridging the gap between proprietary GIS and the freedoms offered by open source GIS. He has been involved in all phases of GIS-based information system development since 1993, including database automation development and management, and applications development and maintenance, database design, application and system design, systems integration, project management, and consulting. Prior to founding Cartologic, Ahmed worked at Esri–the market leader of GIS–for 10 years as an application developer where he implemented several successful applications and enterprise GIS-based projects.