We’re very excited at exactEarth as the countdown to the launch of our 2nd generation satellite constellation, exactViewRT powered by Harris, draws ever closer. Our maritime-focused payloads have now been delivered for installation on the first batch of the Iridium Next satellites, and we eagerly await confirmation of the first launch date later this summer.
Earlier this summer we announced the availability of our brand new exactEarth ShipView™ platform providing simple to use, web-based access to all of our dynamic global shipping information. Just like other SaaS (Software as a Service) platforms all you need is a web browser and a login and we do the rest for you in the exactEarth ‘cloud’ giving you online access to 3 months’ worth of global ship information – that’s about half a billion Satellite AIS messages alone!
We have been delighted by the response to ShipView and we really appreciate the positive feedback we have received over the past few months. We have reacted to this feedback quickly and today we release Version 1.1 of ShipView which demonstrates quite clearly I hope our commitment to maturing this platform in line with our users needs.
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.
It’s been an interesting and very busy summer for me. My first visit for a few years to an Esri Worldwide User Conference in the lovely climate of Southern California, and my first ever living in a Mediterranean type climate enjoying a lifestyle of shorts and barbeques (and I now live in Canada!). Best tan I’ve ever had! But there’s a serious side to all this. First it was interesting to me that Esri chose to focus on cloud computing as the big new thing and almost relegated the news of Maps for Office to that of an also-ran. Easy to use maps for everyone in MS Office products seems pretty big news to me! However I appreciate that data sharing is still an important topic but isn’t cloud computing to most people simply a case of having the server somewhere else? Where’s the big news in that? Same old stuff across the internet rather than the intranet. OK, I’m being simplistic but perhaps in my aging years I’m missing the point?
But moving on from the sunny climes of Southern California back to a blazing hot Ontario, I’ve been following with interest this year’s summer melt in the Arctic. It’s quite alarming. There’s been a lot of press as the summer has progressed but here is a pretty good summary now that summer is coming to an end and Autumn approaches (it’s going to take me a while to say ‘Fall’). http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/09/19/arctic-ice-cover-melt.html
After my experience tracking my container, mentioned in my last blog, I started thinking about Location Based Services (LBS) in the Maritime World. In the worlds I’ve operated in to date (land-based) LBS is pretty common place – although I do wonder sometimes if we all mean the same thing when we use the term.
Joining exactEarth has been an exciting time, not just for me, but for my wife and whole family as it has meant moving from our home deep in rural Wiltshire in the UK to Cambridge, Ontario. For those of you who have, like me, done this before you will know this is a stressful time to say the least! No small part of this is watching all your worldly goods disappear down the road inside a huge sealed container with no more than a promise (and a carefully worded Insurance Certificate) that they’ll safely re-appear at some estimated date in the future across the other side of the world. My sympathetic colleagues here at exactEarth even tried to cheer me up by sending me pictures like the ones below with articles full of helpful statistics like 10,000 containers are lost per year worldwide!!
I’d like to claim credit for venturing into the Maritime world because I’m so plugged in that I recognised a trend (or wave if you’ll excuse the pun), but actually its mere coincidence! Deep down we probably are aware (or are we?) that the Oceans account for 70% of the earth’s surface and yet we know so little about them, certainly compared with the 30% that is land. I’ve heard it mentioned before that the world’s oceans are the new frontier.