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ArcWatch: Your e-Magazine for GIS News, Views, and Insights

October 2007

2007 Esri Homeland Security GIS Summit

Learn How to Turn Knowledge into Actionable Information Using GIS

Department of Homeland Security's Senior Technology Officer Will Discuss the Value of Geospatial Technology

Government, utility, and private sector professionals are invited to attend the 2007 Esri Homeland Security GIS Summit, November 5–7, 2007, in Denver, Colorado. This geospatial conference dedicated to homeland security gives professionals an opportunity to learn how geographic information system (GIS) technology turns knowledge into actionable information. During the conference, attendees will learn how GIS can improve the nation's security.

Through sessions and workshops, homeland security and GIS professionals will discover how GIS is used to acquire, evaluate, and share data across departments, agencies, and jurisdictions to assess risks and facilitate situational awareness.

"This summit spans the homeland security spectrum, showing attendees from different organizations how GIS can help meet their data and analysis needs," says Paul Christin, homeland security specialist, Esri. "Access to colleagues, technical experts, solution providers, and guest speakers will create a very interactive, informative event."

Keynote speaker Dan Cotter, senior technology officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will discuss how geospatial information technologies are becoming increasingly vital to policing, responding to natural disasters, and analyzing intelligence information.

Other highlights for attendees will include presentations focusing on data fusion, critical infrastructure protection, and situational awareness; data visualization solutions and demonstrations; and updates on the latest server and mobile technologies. Guest speaker Joe Rozek, executive director for Homeland Intelligence, Microsoft, who was in the Pentagon when terrorists attacked on September 11, 2001, will share his knowledge and experience with counterintelligence and data fusion.

"There are numerous responsibilities under the umbrella of homeland security," says Christin. "This conference will prove that GIS gives users a stronger and more prepared approach to handling them."

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