Natural gas delivery company CenterPoint Energy (CPE), has deployed ESRI’s ArcGIS Image Server (AGIS) to process and deliver large image data sets to its multiple users. AGIS provides quick access to, and visualization of Landsat and other high volume image data, with image processing performed on-demand at the server. CPE has been using AGIS since late 2006 to support mission-critical applications including large-scale natural disaster response such as a hurricane disruption to its service.
Cynthia Salas, CPE GIS manager said, ‘ArcGIS Server’s fast processing and delivery has fulfilled our goals for image data use. Our designers, technicians, and digitizers were pleased processing time and image resolution.’ AGIS provides a range of processing options and supports third-party client applications such as AutoCad and MicroStation to provide images in the applications that end users are familiar with. AGIS’s central server model is claimed to reduced data storage overhead and provides an ‘instant’ return on investment. One driver for AGIS deployment has been the popularity of Google Earth that has increased users’ expectations of an image backdrop to applications.
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