Redlands, Calif., Oct. 28, 2013—Esri announces that its partner ClearTerra, of Hanover, Maryland, has updated its LocateXT software for use with ArcGIS Online. LocateXT transforms static documents and files with geocoordinates into shareable spatial data layers that can now be hosted in Esri's cloud-based ArcGIS Online.
"The ability of LocateXT software to scan military communiqués such as e‑mails, messages, briefings, and reports; extract geographic coordinates from them; and then post the data contained in the communiqués to ArcGIS Online is a powerful tool for the armed forces," said Jeff Peters, Esri's director of national government. "It facilitates everything from ISR [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance] operations to field maneuvers."
The LocateXT/ArcGIS Online workflow provides nearly instantaneous data sharing, collaboration, and dissemination within a unit or organization. Because the spatial layers are hosted in ArcGIS Online, any user with a web browser and the appropriate permission can view a web map incorporating the newly created spatial data. For users needing to perform geospatial analysis and processing, the spatial data can be directly accessed by the powerful ArcGIS for Desktop software. ArcGIS Online technology is also available on-premises as Portal for ArcGIS.
"This capability not only addresses the time-consuming manual process of finding and plotting geocoordinates, but brings it into the social networking era by immediately sharing with others. All [users] need is an organizational ArcGIS Online subscription and LocateXT software," said Jeff Wilson, vice president of Sales for ClearTerra.
"We even have a workflow where e‑mail or web pages can be dragged and dropped into LocateXT and pushed straight to the GIS cloud," said Wilson. "This is a huge capability for fast-moving situations or mining open-source data."
About ClearTerra and LocateXT
ClearTerra is a small business technology company specializing in geospatial software product development, custom software development, technical services, consulting, and training. ClearTerra is focused on the user interface and user experience of our technologies. Our commercial LocateXT software discovers coordinates, locations, and other critical information within unstructured text and transforms it instantly into geospatial layers. More information is available at www.clearterra.com.
Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com.