Esri is a provider of geographic information system (GIS)-based software that enables organizations to create responsible and sustainable solutions to problems at local and global scales. GIS integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.
Multiple system operators (MSOs) are using Esri GIS to improve their business processes. Using location as the integrating factor, users can bring together all the information crucial to a business on one platform and perform advanced analyses. Whether you are looking to monitor network status, analyze threats to the network, enhance marketing strategies, optimize infrastructure built-outs, track progress of projects or accurately determine serviceability, Esri has a solution for you.
ArcGIS, one of Esri’s products, is a complete system for designing and managing solutions through the application of geographic knowledge. It’s offered for desktop, mobile, server or online platforms. Esri data is another product that provides a range of ready-to-use, high-quality data for GIS visualization and analysis projects. Esri also offers developer tools, which allow users to add mapping to web, mobile and desktop applications using a choice of languages.
Esri attended The Cable Show 2012, where it showcased its software and an app designed to help figure out if a customer calls in, what services telecom service providers could offer, and what it would take to extend a network to serve a particular customer.
Dave Twichell, telecom & utilities specialist at Esri, displayed an example of density analysis for businesses looking to expand using Esri’s software. If a large company put in a request for service, the process would typically take three rounds of 30 days to figure out and implement a solution. With Esri’s software, companies can knock out at least that first cycle of 30 days, leading to a more efficient and productive process.
Esri is also heavily used in the utilities industry to perform various tasks, such as mapping out network infrastructure to running analysis for instances like preparing for an approaching storm. Esri’s tools can determine where points of failure will most likely be located, thus preparing crews appropriately. It also performs analysis on electricity used in an area and compares that to the electricity being charged by the meter, helping with a big trend of current theft. Companies are using Esri’s software to figure out who is stealing currently and in what areas.