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2017 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit

From Swiss late winter to Southern California spring: My colleague Alex Graf and I attended the 2017 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit in Palm Springs two weeks ago. These events are always a great opportunity to get the latest information on Esri software and strategy as well as spend a week in an inspiring ‚geo-rich‘ environment. In this post, we summarize some highlights from the conference. The motto of the Partner Conference and the...

Fitting the Alps into an app

Recently, we faced a peculiar dilemma: We wanted to provide a mobile app prototype with an attractive basemap for overview purposes. Our prototype app is focused on Switzerland and we wanted (almost needed, really) to incorporate elevation information in the form of at least a shaded relief. For the intent of this blog post it suffices to say that we wanted to show some real-time position on top of the basemap. The app was geared...

Pedestrian Isochrone Maps

On Monday, October 3rd, the 17th Annual Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities, Walk21 Hongkong has opened its doors to more than 500 participants. One of the speakers will be our Ivo Leiss. In his presentation, he will speak about Walkalytics – EBP’s approach to data analytics for business questions related to pedestrians. Walking has always been a topic on our agenda. Already in 2013, we have written about accurate analytics for pedestrian accessibility and...

Offline Editing with ArcGIS

We are currently working on a mobile app with offline geodata editing capability. The idea, of course, is: Users collect and edit data in the field and synchronise changes back into a central database when they return to their offices. The ArcGIS platform provides all the tools to easily implement that functionality. The necessary configuration is described in this tutorial. However, if you use your own app instead of Esri’s Collector app, you have to...

Patrouilles des Glaciers: Track Replay

Comparing Positions with Time Lag As blogged earlier I spent a week at the race office of the Patrouille des Glaciers (PdG). During the race, each PdG team of three athletes was equipped with a GPS device that kept broadcasting its position to the race office. Furthermore this device was equipped with an emergency button able to send a distress message along with its current position to the race office. We wanted to know whether...

Time keeping at the Patrouille des Glaciers – a look behind the scenes

The Patrouille des Glaciers (PdG) is an international ski mountaineering race organised by the Swiss Armed Forces in which military and civilian teams compete. It is said to be the world’s toughest team competition. The very long race distance, the extreme route profile, the high altitude and the difficult alpine terrain with glaciers and couloir climbs are the main features of this unique competition. As announced in November 2015 Ernst Basler + Partner is teaming...

LoRaWAN: IoT network for the future?

If you follow someone from #TeamEBP on Twitter, you may have noticed that last week we installed a LoRaWAN gateway of The Things Network in our office building. And like some of my colleagues you may have wondered (or wonder now): What is this all about? Is EBP now into selling parrots (of course we could call our parrot Polly, not Lora)? Or are we supporting an alternative Zurich radio station? Good guesses. But it...

Forget apps – Bots are the future of geo

Update 2016-12-01: Auf http://www.traindelaybot.ch findet sich die Landing Page der zweiten Version vom Bot, unter Anderem mit Unterstützung von Facebook Messenger, Skype und Slack. The title of this blog post may seem hyperbolic, but during the last few months there has been an increasing buzz on personal assistants and bots like Amazon’s Echo, Apple’s Siri or Facebook’s „M“ – the latter being a shopping assistant in Facebook’s Messenger app. Some people proclaim that we experience...

2016 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit

Traditionally two members of #TeamEBP visit Esri’s annually DevSummit in order to hear the latest from the world of ArcGIS – and beyond. This year, my colleague Sarah Schöni and I had the chance to fly to California. In this post, we’d like to summarize the highlights from our point of view: The overall theme: „Web GIS is a System of Engagement“ The Keynote: Douglas Crockford The State of Esri Technology Python is now a first...

Example projects: Military and meteo data, geoinformation aggregation and process consulting

In the „projects“ series we occasionally highlight some of our projects. Today, these projects encompass a geodata portal for the Swiss Army, a metadata portal for meteorologists, a cloud-based aggregation infrastructure for geoinformation and a process support for a biodiversity research team. Geographic information portal for the Swiss Army The Swiss Army was looking to standardise its use of geodata. EBP was commissioned to help the Army develop a geographic information portal. The so-called „Mil...