Okay, so now the 2013 M2M App Challenge is only 29 days away! Again, I will ask you: Have you thought about what you will be creating? 

As promised, all week I will be highlighting what you can expect from each of the five platforms we will make available at our M2M App Challenge in Santa Clara. Yesterday I told you all about OSIsoft. Today it’s Esri. I think the two go together well … more about that later.

First off, here is the deal with the M2M App Challenge. We have access to open government data (thank you, DOE) and FIVE platforms on which you can develop.

1) Access to open government data related to such things as weather patterns, fuel prices, temperature trends, vehicle data, and more. A representative from the DOE will be on hand to present you with the data. He will also have some technical experts on call to work you through all the details.

The idea is to create something that can truly make an impact in the world … help make us more energy efficient or safer on the road, etc.

2) The winner gets a cover story in our next issue. 

In hopes of helping you narrow your scope and arrive on June 7 all ready to develop that next great app that will change the world, here is some info on Esri.

Spatial information could be the key to building something inspirational. Esri Developer Network has the resources you need for building GIS (geographic information system) applications and solutions. For example, you can use ArcGIS Runtime—which leverages Windows Presentation Foundation, Java, or a variety of mobile Software Development Kits—to embed mapping and geospatial applications into existing apps or custom build new ones.

Here are some high points to consider:

•  Esri will supply ArcGIS, a platform for designing and managing solutions through the application of geographic knowledge.

•  This platform is a bit different in that it really focuses on the location aspect of a solution.

•   Users can publish maps and data to the cloud.

•   End users can then access maps, data, and apps from a variety of devices without having to install software.

•  ArcGIS is used for a number of applications, such as spatial analysis, asset management, field workforces, and operational awareness.

•  GIS integrates hardware, software, and data for using geographically referenced information in a variety of ways.

•  GIS helps to visualize trends and patterns in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

•  Esri says GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework.

Or you might want to try your hand at using the platform in combination with data provided by OSIsoft to build an app to improve fuel efficiency or calculate the best route for a connected car, for example. The sky is the limit. This can be used to create any compelling custom application that integrates geospatial data and GIS capabilities.

The goal is to enable a platform for realtime GIS as well as backoffice integration between operational data management and GIS.

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