India Geospatial Forum is the leading industry conference in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and we couldn’t think of a better event at which to launch a restructured Hexagon brand in the region. At the conference, we represented a united front, with Hexagon prominently displayed and supported by its brand – Hexagon Geospatial, Intergraph®, and Leica Geosystems (distributed by Elcome Technologies in India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leica Geosystems). Just take a look at our booth to see the visual impact we made.
I’m a numbers guy. I think in terms of dollars and cents (and euros, renminbi, pounds and so on). Numbers are tangible. They define results and measure success. But numbers don’t always tell you the whole story. For that, you need context. Otherwise, you might miss the true meaning behind them and, in the process, lose sight of what they represent. While measurability defined my efforts as Intergraph’s chief financial officer and will continue to guide my approach as the new president of Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I), I’m also driven by something more. Our customers deserve and demand the best because they’re responsible for the safety of citizens, the reliability of utility and transportation systems and the delivery of public services. But the solutions to optimize their efforts are not one size fits all. With the recent creation of Hexagon Geospatial, we can now focus on what we do best – providing integrated solutions tightly a
The principle of the skeleton event sounds really simple -- reach the bottom of the ice track using a sled in the shortest time possible, and yet there is much more to it than that! The skeleton is the oldest sliding sport, dating back to the 1800s. With the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, about to get underway, we are taking a look at how portable metrology is being used to bring this sport right up to date in 2014. With the sleds reaching speeds up to 140km/h (90mph) and undergoing forces up to 5Gs, skeleton isn’t a sport for the faint hearted. To be in contention for gold, skeleton athletes must have super-fast reflexes and be physically and mentally fit. For a sled to be fast down the track, it must be energy-efficient in every way. The sled has no active steering, so athletes use shifts in their body weight and subtle body movements to steer left or right. Any sliding, skidding or unnecessary energy loss results in the loss o
The true value of being part of the Hexagon family is the ability to provide a full life cycle of geospatial solutions for our global base of users. From airborne sensors all the way down to enterprise-connected field workers, Hexagon is the only one-stop provider for all geospatial needs for any organization across vertical industries. This concept was further reinforced when Intergraph Geospatial became Hexagon Geospatial, a new business unit in the Hexagon family. As Hexagon Geospatial, our products will be the core geospatial technology stack within Intergraph’s vertical market solutions, while also serving as the geospatial software platform across our global partner network and other Hexagon companies. All over the world and across all walks of life, our senses continually collect information about the changing earth and its social, physical and human g
HxGN LIVE will be here before you know it, and it promises to be a spectacular event that not only will educate, but entertain and inspire. We know what you’re thinking – “HxGN LIVE is months away, I don’t need to register right now,” but here are five reasons to do so. #1 New Year Registration Special If you register by Jan. 14, your cost will be only $649, a $100 savings off the early bird rate. But wait, there’s more – register one or two more people with you and each of you can receive up to $200 off your registration fee! #2 Visionary Keynotes You’ll have several opportunities to hear from our management team about where Hexagon is headed, our business strategies and groundbreaking technologies. #3 Informative Sessions Choose from more than 400 customer-led case
Recently Norbert Hanke, president and CEO, Hexagon Metrology, joined an exclusive club of top executives on Twitter at @norberthanke. I spoke to Hanke about his goals and expectations from this medium and social media in general. AW: Congrats on your Twitter account. Why did you choose to be on Twitter now? NH: Thank you! I read recently on a blog that “One tweet from a CEO is worth 100 tweets from staff.” While I don’t think it is to that level, I feel it is a great opportunity for those in leadership roles to connect, engage and amplify a message. I can convey our value proposition and innovative DNA at Hexagon Metrology to customers and our employees. It also has been perfect timing to start my “Twitter career”, as Hexagon Metrology’s new identity is now fully in p
For about 18 months, several divisions in Hexagon Metrology have been working on user experience (UX) and customer experience (CX) projects. To start, let’s dig a little deeper into what UX actually is. UX is defined as the overall effect created by the interactions and perceptions our customers have by using our products or services. Users of our products and services will always have an experience whether we design for it or not. First impressions can determine if our product is a success or a failure. We cannot leave good user experience to chance; we need to take control of our users’ outcome with all our products. A bad user experience will cost us sales, retention, productivity, market share, brand value and more. Good UX is about creating products that are useful, usable and desirable. It’s a key technology enabler and market differentiator. In the sea of sameness we have in a mature industry like ours, con
The Smart H2O Solution recently made an appearance at the 2013 NZSOLD/ANCOLD Conference in Rotorua, New Zealand. Hexagon exhibited at the event and provided attendees a tangible and comprehensive view of the solution in a dynamic and powerful way, being represented by Intergraph and Global Survey (Leica Geosystems’ distributor for New Zealand). The Smart H2O Solution is a comprehensive, integrated water infrastructure management system that helps solve a potential deadly problem before it actually becomes one. The Smart H2O Solution combines Leica Geosystems’ total station and sensors and Intergraph’s monitoring, geospatial and dispatch solutions to provide a complete picture of critical water infrastructure. Together, they reduce the risk of infrastructure failure by keeping it protected and healthy and safegu
Although the U.S. government faces significant budget constraints resulting from sequestration and the recent two-week government shutdown, there will always be a tremendous need for the right national security solutions. With the rise of natural disasters and civil unrest in areas in Africa and the Middle East, authorities from the U.S. and other countries need access to accurate intelligence to make key decisions in life or death situations. To accomplish this, the intelligence, defense, national security and disaster assistance communities rely heavily on essential geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). Often called the foundation for all intelligence disciplines, GEOINT covers the collection and integration of geospatial data and other information from a variety of intelligence sources, as well as their subsequent analysis and exploitation. Technologies that support GEOINT have evolved in unique and effective ways. The U.S. intelligence community has developed a new paradigm c
Who did it, where and with what weapon? These are the basic questions that must be definitively answered on every crime scene. Historically, law enforcement agencies, crime scene investigators and forensic scientists have struggled to collect and piece together the evidence to resolve these mysteries. Even with the most painstaking documentation processes, critical details can easily be overlooked. Time is of the essence, and CSIs only get one shot at recording irrefutable crime scene evidence. Fortunately, technology advances are providing ways to capture the smallest of details quickly and return to the scene virtually as often as needed to irrefutably solve more crimes. Chief among these innovative advances is 3D laser scanning, a tool that accurately records millions of measurements along with panoramic photography. Because 3D laser scanners, like the
India Geospatial Forum is the leading industry conference in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and we couldn’t think of a better event at which to launch a restructured Hexagon brand in the region.
At the conference, we represented a united front, with Hexagon prominently displayed and supported by its brand – Hexagon Geospatial, Intergraph®, and Leica Geosystems (distributed by Elcome Technologies in India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leica Geosystems). Just take a look at our booth to see the visual impact we made.
GeoMax, also a Hexagon brand, was right around the corner from us, providing an inside look at their comprehensive portfolio of integrated instruments for the surveying, mapping and construction industries.
To showcase our end-to-end geospatial solution, the booth was designed to reflect integration between the brands that are a one-stop-shop for customers. Keeping the conference audience in mind, we focused on four (out of many) industries we serve – natural resources management, land and cadastral mapping, utilities, infrastructure and construction.
As you hopefully know by now, Hexagon Geospatial is the newest member of the Hexagon family – a new business unit that focuses on core geospatial technology stacked within Intergraph’s vertical market solutions (read more). Hexagon Geospatial’s product launches – especially the free crowdsourcing citizen app and Mobile Alert– were star attractions and tough competition for other products throughout the show. Leica Geosystems launched their Leica Nova MS50, the world’s first multi-station that combines every significant measuring technology in one device – this instrument will further help customers in India to integrate laser scanning with survey data to collect more accurate and useable geospatial information for their applications.
Aibotix, a manufacturer of intelligent multicopter systems for high-efficiency aerial applications recently acquired by Hexagon, showcased the Aibotix X6 Hexacopter by flying it above the booths!
Hexagon had its presence felt throughout the conference, with Juergen Dold (President, Hexagon Geosystems), Brad Skelton (CTO, Hexagon Geospatial), Ajay Seth (President, Hexagon India), Rolf Schaeppi (Director Geospatial Solution, Leica Geosystems) and me leading keynotes, CIO Forums and strategic meetings.
All-in-all, it was a great experience to integrate all brands and stand united. We hope to see you next year too!
Standing united while demonstrating new innovative technology – that’s shaping smart change.
Vice President, Hexagon India
I’m a numbers guy. I think in terms of dollars and cents (and euros, renminbi, pounds and so on). Numbers are tangible. They define results and measure success. But numbers don’t always tell you the whole story. For that, you need context. Otherwise, you might miss the true meaning behind them and, in the process, .... Read More>>
The principle of the skeleton event sounds really simple — reach the bottom of the ice track using a sled in the shortest time possible, and yet there is much more to it than that! The skeleton is the oldest sliding sport, dating back to the 1800s. With the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, about .... Read More>>