Briefly Noted

Security Enhancements Meet Government Requirements in US and Europe

New capabilities in Site Scan for ArcGIS will enable governments and critical infrastructure organizations to meet hardware and software regulations in the US and Europe. Site Scan for ArcGIS is an all-in-one, cloud-based drone mapping solution for managing fleets and collecting, processing, analyzing, and sharing data products.
The US government has recently issued advisory warnings and bans on the use of drones that pose security risks, which have adversely impacted federal agencies and private firms that manage critical infrastructure. It has caused the adoption of incongruous drone data capturing and processing workflows using multiple vendor solutions.

Through a partnership with Auterion, creator of the most widely used open-source drone autopilot operating system, security-conscious US organizations will be able to use Site Scan for ArcGIS. Esri can now offer these agencies a single, end-to-end drone solution that integrates Freefly Astro and is fully supported by Site Scan for ArcGIS.

For organizations in Europe with data sovereignty requirements, a new and fully independent instance of Site Scan for ArcGIS has been deployed to European servers, ensuring that organizational data resides within the region.

ArcGIS Indoors Is Now Online

With the latest release of ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Indoors is now also available as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering in ArcGIS Online. This is an alternative to the on-premises deployment of ArcGIS Indoors with ArcGIS Enterprise. Hosting ArcGIS Indoors in the ArcGIS Online cloud gives users easier access to all the capabilities and benefits of indoor mapping and space planning. This location tracking software helps organizations better manage buildings and improve the safety of employees. SaaS eliminates the need to set up on-site server infrastructure and reduces the cost and effort of getting started with ArcGIS Indoors.

Esri and UN-Habitat Partner for More Sustainable Cities

UN-Habitat, the United Nations (UN) program that supports socially and environmentally sustainable urban spaces, will use Esri software to develop cloud-based geospatial technology that can help areas with scarce resources build inclusive, safe, and resilient cities and communities. Through this partnership, UN-Habitat will leverage the geospatial tools and open data capabilities of ArcGIS to improve urban infrastructure and service delivery in regions where development is needed.


The goal of a new partnership between AfroChampions and Esri is to contribute to sustainable economic development in Africa

Pan-African Nonprofit and Esri to Encourage Geospatial Technology Use across Africa

The goal of a new partnership between AfroChampions and Esri is to contribute to sustainable economic development in Africa. The AfroChampions Initiative is a public-private partnership designed to galvanize African resources and institutions to drive Africa’s economic integration and transformation. It will promote the benefits of a shared geospatial infrastructure throughout the continent. GIS technology can create new opportunities for growth for Africans, especially in critical fields such as health and telemedicine, land management, agriculture, and mobility. This initiative will offer African governments and other organizations streamlined access to Esri’s world-leading GIS technology and expertise, in addition to a broad network of regional partners.

The partnership is part of Esri’s ongoing commitment to its users and the broader geospatial community across Africa. It is closely aligned with key continental initiatives such as Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA); the African Development Bank Strategy for 2013–2022; the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and the African Union Agenda 2063, which emphasizes the need for global Geospatial Information for Sustainable Development (GI4SD) management.

Generate High-Res 3D and Imagery Content with SURE

Esri acquired nFrames, the technology company that developed SURE, the industry leading imagery and lidar 3D surface reconstruction software. Integration with ArcGIS adds the capability to seamlessly capture and analyze 3D data from aerial, drone, and ground-based sensors in an automated, end-to-end process and create extremely high-quality 3D data from imagery. This will enhance users’ ability to perform highly accurate mapping. Esri anticipates greater use of 3D content in traditional GIS workflows. This will especially benefit users in planning and architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries. The incorporation of SURE technology is part of Esri’s commitment to continually enhance ArcGIS and the tools for managing, processing, analyzing, and sharing location information from remotely sensed data.

2020 Esri User Conference Content Available

You can access recordings from the world’s largest, virtual GIS event anytime. View hours of recordings that include on-demand learning, user presentations, demonstrations, and technical workshops as well as the Plenary Sessions and the Virtual Map Gallery.