TWIST 2018

For the first time, hackdays were held as part of the Swiss Statistics Meeting during the last weekend in Zurich. This pre-event called TWIST 2018 was not about dancing as one could assume, but all about data, statistics and the truth – it’s all in the name: Truth WIthin STatistics. In what follows I will give … TWIST 2018 weiterlesen

Pedestrian Reachability Analysis for Hyperlocal Marketing

Since 2013, EBP has been developing and refining Walkalytics, an approach to data analytics for business-relevant questions regarding pedestrian mobility. At the heart of the approach lie isochrones, which are calculated for every square meter of an area-of-interest. In the early stages, we successfully applied Walkalytics mainly in urban and transportation planning. In this blog post, however, … Pedestrian Reachability Analysis for Hyperlocal Marketing weiterlesen

2018 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit – Part 2

The timing worked superbly, like the best Swiss clockwork: A few days before winter made a comeback in Switzerland, I sat in a plane to Los Angeles. Nevermind that California also had slightly cooler temperatures than usual – it was definitely preferable over the polar cold air masses that firmly occupied Switzerland. Even the place … 2018 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit – Part 2 weiterlesen

2018 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit – Part 1

The timing worked superbly, like the best Swiss clockwork: A few days before winter made a comeback in Switzerland, I sat in a plane to Los Angeles. Nevermind that California also had slightly cooler temperatures than usual – it was definitely preferable over the polar cold air masses that firmly occupied Switzerland. Even the place … 2018 Esri Partner Conference and Developer Summit – Part 1 weiterlesen

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 … Pedestrian Isochrone Maps weiterlesen

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 … Offline Editing with ArcGIS weiterlesen

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 … Time Keeping at the Patrouille des Glaciers – A Look behind the Scenes weiterlesen

Forget Apps – Bots Are the Future of Geo

Update 2016-12-01: We have a second version of our bot and a landing page at http://www.traindelaybot.ch. It now supports 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 a new generation of user interfaces: The conversational UX where users interact with a system by „simply saying“ what they want. Last week, [Microsoft introduced developer frameworks for conversational bots](Microsoft introduced conversational frameworks) as a core part of their cloud strategy. And just yesterday, Facebook announced their Bot API for their Messenger.

When new concepts and trends in technology occur, it is a good idea to get first-hand practical experience before adding to that first rising slope in the hype cycle. So, during the last months I made some experiments that I now want to share with you.

Not yet an uprising, but the bots are slowly coming… photo: Francesco Mondada, Michael Bonani, CC-SA3.0, Source

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

GeoHipster interview with Ralph

Did you know that our very own Ralph Straumann is on the advisory board of the international GIS community website „GeoHipster“? And if you also want to become an advisor to an international community, you may have to start with producing brilliant maps: One of Ralph’s maps has been published last year in the 2015 GeoHipster calendar (check out the month of February). … GeoHipster interview with Ralph weiterlesen

Swiss GIS network on Twitter

Out of curiosity and 2.5 years ago, I analysed the network of Swiss GIS twitterers (article in German, French, Italian). That analysis inspired the creation of the GeoBeer event series (of which we had the 11th instalment just a few days ago) and the Twitter list by the name of ‚SwissGIS‘. You can find that one here. If you … Swiss GIS network on Twitter weiterlesen

Example projects: Project platforms, geodata for the DFA and automated data import

In the „projects“ series we would like to highlight from time to time some projects that our company conducted. Today, these projects encompass online collaboration platforms for projects, geodata infrastructures and services, and spatial ETL using FME. Jinsha: Collaboration platform for an international project team As part of an international team, our experts investigate the … Example projects: Project platforms, geodata for the DFA and automated data import weiterlesen

Data Value and Expertise Value

These days, data and data scientists (and data engineers?) seem to rule the world. Companies are data-driven, problems are solved using data-driven methods and national intelligence agencies (arguably: also online retailers) extensively collect all the data they can get hold of. The data-driven approach is formalised in the Jurney-Warden Data-Value Stack: The data-value stack is to be read from … Data Value and Expertise Value weiterlesen