GIS software provider Esri and the DoE's Idaho National Laboratory have agreed to create location intelligence solutions for the protection of critical infrastructure.The Esri and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will "collaboratively research and create prototype concepts with a specific focus on location intelligence solutions for the protection of critical infrastructure and critical missions," says a company release.
The work carried out by the two partners will also estimate the impacts on critical infrastructure caused by exploited cyber vulnerabilities and targeted attacks.
Geospatial analysis and visualization capabilities
The Esri provides geospatial analysis and visualization capabilities across infrastructure industries like water, electric, oil, and transportation, as well as in support of federal, state, and local governments charged with the mission of protecting those industries.
"These capabilities, combined with INL's knowledge and capabilities for securing these systems from physical and cybersecurity threats, make this cooperative research and development effort truly unique in addressing crucial gaps in cyber/physical analysis and situational awareness technologies," adds the release.
INL is reported to be a leading centre for nuclear energy research and development, working in energy, national security, science, and the environment.
The Esri and INL have worked together for over three years.
"We are looking forward to working closely with INL in this capacity," said Brian Biesecker, technical director, Esri intelligence community. "As the government continues to embrace new technologies, CRADAs provide a great way for private and public partnerships to continue moving our country forward."
Esri wins ‘most innovative catalyst’ award
Last year, the Esri won the award at the at the TM Forum Catalyst InFocus event for its IoT solutions toward creating a more connected world.
The company was recognised for its work with Orange, a French telecommunications company and Dutch management and technology consulting firm BearingPoint on a proof-of-concept 'Smart Energy Catalyst'.
According to a company statement, through the project, Esri demonstrated how a smart home, smart electric vehicle and smart energy system can work together in an IoT ecosystem with location as a “key interaction point”. Read more...
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