Big Data and GIS
The world’s digital transformation
Our world is undergoing a massive digital transformation in which everything is being monitored, measured, recorded and connected through a vast network of sensors — the Internet of Things (IoT).
The IoT is creating vast data sets — Big Data — which, when analysed with the right tools, reveal actionable insights and empowers executives to make informed decisions based on an accurate and comprehensive situational awareness.
The big deal with Big Data
Three Vs define Big Data:
Massive amounts of data are being generated
Data’s being generated very fast
Data comes in various formats
Big Data is not valuable in and of itself; its value derives from what a business can do with it and the insights it may hold.
Without analysing the data and finding the hidden patterns in it, a business is not maximising the use of its IoT sensors or the data it’s collecting from them.
What can ArcGIS do for your Big Data?
Have you ever thought about how a supermarket chain selects its store location? Several layers of data that go into a decision like that: demographics, household income, age distribution and drive time to name a few.
ArcGIS allows you to bring together layers of data from various sources — including existing business intelligence (BI) tools — analyse it and deliver insights that can be easily shared with others across an organisation.
The power of the platform comes from its distributed computing — the distribution of the processing of Big Data among more than one server, scaling up and down as needed.
Whether you deploy it as a whole-of-business solution or you’re looking for a location analytics component to integrate into your unstructured database system or existing business intelligence (BI) tools, ArcGIS will deliver insights that can be easily shared with others across an organisation.
Sift through massive data sets to identify clusters of recurring incidences
Reduce and summarise your data in ways that let you explore patterns
Aggregate & summarise
Aggregate millions of data records into a digestible form that can be easily understood
Map your data and see the change over time
Turn data into understanding
Geographic tools help you convert raw data elements into geographic layers of information that can be analysed to create new, more insightful maps for decision making.
Expose geographic patterns
Maps make it easier to see the story behind your data.
Identify spatial relationships
Thinking about big data in a geographic manner allows you to solve problems and answer questions.
Perform predictive modelling
Develop strategies from if/then scenarios using spatially enabled big data to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to disaster management or the spread of an epidemic.
Big Data products