Data streaming in GIS

Posted by Graham Stickler on Feb 10, 2014 10:59:00 AM

We are delighted at exactEarth to see Esri’s efforts to advance the management and use of streaming data feeds into the GIS environment, which traditionally has been dominated by static maps.  As a major supplier of near real-time geospatial data for maritime vessels, here at exactEarth we are committed to interoperability of our data with all platforms and as an Esri Business Partner we were closely involved in the ArcGIS® 10.2 GeoEvent™ Processor for Server beta program, working with Esri to ensure our exactAIS® global ship data can be ingested and processed easily by ArcGIS® 10.2 GeoEvent™ Processor for Server.

Now that ArcGIS® 10.2 GeoEvent™ Processor for Server has been released we have created a pre-configured template that can be directly imported by Esri users and that will automatically connect to our exactAIS Geospatial Web Services™ (GWS).  This configuration allows users to directly ingest Satellite AIS data and to make rules and processes to generate alerts, as well as stream and load data into Esri based technologies, including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS SDKs and ArcGIS for Desktop.

Along with the templates, we are providing sample data for demonstration use that are 96-hours delayed and provide vessel type, flag, latitude/longitude, speed, and course. Only the most important/relevant information is presented to the user’s map such as alerts of vessels coming too close to harbor or encroaching on areas they are prohibited from entering. This information can then be used to rapidly assess and respond to the information being analysed.  

We believe this is an exciting development.  Using this approach Esri users can now very quickly and simply request and receive near real-time Ship Tracking information and then configure processes to store data in local ArcGIS Servers or ArcGIS Online, generate alerts on live map interfaces, or even send email or other media alerts. If data are stored in a local ArcGIS for Server database or ArcGIS Online, a user can click on a vessel and see its current information from Esri map viewers such as ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, etc. Using the pre-configured template exactAIS data can now easily be streamed with ArcGIS® 10.2 GeoEvent™ Processor for Server, near real-time vessel tracking is now enabled.

For any Esri user with an interest in the Maritime world we believe such flexible and simple access to a continuous view of the world’s shipping behaviour is a major step forward and fully justifies all the hard work Esri have put in to provide a connection to the streaming data world.

To see the exactEarth pre-configured template for ArcGIS® 10.2 GeoEvent™ Processor for Server in action using exactAIS Geospatial Web Services, check out the GWS and ArcGIS® 10.2 GeoEvent™ Processor for Server from Esri webpage.


Near-Real-Time (NRT) Tracking of the Cosco Boston vessel using exactAIS GWS within the GEP framework


Topics: Satellite AIS, Esri, AIS, Satellite AIS data, Ocean GIS, Ship Tracking, GEP, Ocean, Maritime, GIS

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