New Year, New User Types!

The latest version of ArcGIS Online comes with major changes. The most prominent one being the latest update to the named user licensing model.

A new and very flexible way to license identities in ArcGIS Online has been introduced. Where before we had only two types of users Lever 1 and Level 2 (viewer and content creator, respectively), we now have 5 different user types. These offer more flexibility and may save your company some money.

Below is a summary of the new user types which are  available now on ArcGIS Online and will be available  with a future release of ArcGIS Enterprise.

  • Viewer

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The Viewer (previously known as Level 1) can only view items that have been shared by members of the organisation. Viewers do not have edit, create, share, and analysis capabilities.

So what apps can a viewer access? A viewer has access to the Essential Apps Bundle. Remember that access to these apps will be view only access.

A viewer typically views maps & apps to make better decisions and monitor performance.

  • Editor

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Editors can create, delete and edit data. They also have access to all the apps in the Essential Apps Bundle.

This user type makes sure that data is kept updated and ensures that the organisation has authoritative information.

  • Field Worker

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I am sure we are all excited about this new user type. Many of you have been asking for this option. The Field Worker has capabilities to edit, create, delete and update data in the field using apps that are in the Field App Bundle.

Field workers, doing real-time data collection, can connect from the field to the office thus improving efficiency and productivity.

  • Creator

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Creators (previously Level 2) have create, edit, update, and delete rights using all the apps in the Essential Apps Bundle, Field Apps bundle, and the Office Apps Bundle.

This user type is typically the content creator for the organisation. Creators can share their maps and analysis through ready-to-use apps.

  • GIS Professional

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The GIS professional is the super user. This user type has all the capabilities of the Creator type plus ArcGIS Pro (Basic, Standard or Advanced). This user has access to: Essential Apps Bundle, Field Apps Bundle, and the Office Apps Bundle, in addition to this they also have access to ArcGIS Pro. This type of user builds advanced maps and visualisations, performs advanced analysis and can share these results to the organisation.

All existing Level 1 users will automatically be moved over to Viewer and Level 2 users will get the Creator user type.

Pricing for the various user types will vary.

So, what are App Bundles?

Another new update at this version is App Bundles. This is a new way of grouping ArcGIS applications that are often used together. Typically, a field worker would only use Workforce for ArcGIS and Survey123 for a typical day’s work. The organisations administrator will then purchase the Field Worker User type which gives access to the apps in the Field App Bundle. This means this user will not have access to office applications like Operations Dashboard. See below for the list of all app bundles and the apps that are included in it.

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What a great way to kick off the year. If you would like to know more about user types and app bundles, please do not hesitate to contact the Esri South Africa office at +2711 238 6300

Happy Mapping. Wishing you a great 2019 ahead.

Powered by ArcGIS – An OMS solution deployed in less than a week!

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What do potholes and electric outages have in common?  Like puncturing a tyre when hitting an unexpected pothole, power disruptions can cause emotional and economic havoc.  Most South Africans can recall the power crisis of 2015 which disrupted many lives and caused damage to the economy.  For most, the power cuts were unexpected and often lead to financial consequences such as replacing damaged home appliances, or psychological effects such as missing their favourite prime time TV show.

Our customers in the Electric utilities industry have realised the value and benefits of improving their Outage Management System to better serve the economy and community at large.  By implementing the ArcGIS platform, electric utilities are managing outages by integrating systems and geo-enabling both employees and the public through the power of location.

The utility’s GIS is usually the source of the network model whereby advanced location analytics enables smarter outage predictions and mapping.  Eskom is an example of a customer who has embraced the use and benefits of the ArcGIS platform to visualise outages on their electrical network.

In an article published in the November 2016 issue of the PositionIT magazine, Gerhard Brits, Keagen Liebenberg and Shaun Goodbrand from Eskom explained how they leveraged the ArcGIS platform to create a national 2016 voting station outage web mapping application in only 5 days.  By consuming information form two separate systems for multiple and single customer outages (FMS and CC&I) the team created links between reported faults and the 22 614 voting stations which allowed them to visualise which voting stations were experiencing outages.  ArcGIS for Server was used to host and publish data exposed by desktop and web clients. Portal of ArcGIS was used to control access to the platform and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS was used to create application-specific tools.

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“The combination of these software utilities provides a very agile environment that allows the team to respond to user requirements in a timely manner” – Gerhard Brits.

For more information on this project, see http://www.ee.co.za/article/national-2016-voting-station-outage-map.html#.WHjjI8vRbqA

Esri helps you answer the question of “where” and solve real world problems.  You transform your utility operations when you can quickly query, analyse, and understand your data.  Esri provides a complete system that allows you to integrate disparate data, access and update information from the office or the field, and maintain a real-time view of all operations.  More than maps and applications, Esri gives you the location analytics you need to save time, lower costs, and satisfy customers.

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Example of an OMS operations dashboard configured with ArcGIS

Acknowledgements: Gerhard Brits, Keagen Liebenberg and Shaun Goodbrand from Eskom

Esri Field Mobility

Maintaining field assets such as roads or fire hydrants, requires engineers and managers to know what condition these assets are in. After all, prevention is better than cure and fixing problems is much more time consuming and expensive than just keeping all assets serviced and in good working condition.

Many organizations rely on a field workforce to support these daily operations. Having the capability to get information into and out of the field in a timely manner can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization. Information collected in the field using easy-to-use solutions can share information with solutions including the executive operational dashboard in near real-time allowing decision-makers within an organization to make more informed and timely decisions. These mobile solutions can also improve the workflows of field personnel by providing them with on-demand access to actionable and task-relevant information creating a more efficient and effective workforce.

In a scenario where the data already resides in a geodatabase, how can office staff or dispatchers send out staff to the field to inspect and evaluate the condition of an asset easily and quickly and ideally without a paper trail?

Simply put, the workflow can be streamlined with the use of Workforce for ArcGIS in conjunction with Collector for ArcGIS.

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Workforce for ArcGIS: Creating an Assignment

With Workforce for ArcGIS, office staff can manage the deployment of all field crews by assigning jobs to each individually and monitoring their progress and position in real time.

Creating an assignment on the Workforce for ArcGIS web app allows for the dispatcher to:

  • Choose the assignment Type
  • Set the location of assignment (Address or   coordinate)
  • Choose the staff member
  • Set Priority of assignment
  • Set the due date/time for completion
  • Description of assignment/task
  • Attach files for use by the field staff such as images or technical drawings.

Assignments are sent to the field worker via an internet connection to their mobile phones or tablets, running on Android, iOS or Windows 10.

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Once the assignment has been created, the user in the field can choose to accept or decline the assignment, all of which will notify the dispatcher in the office.

When an assignment has been accepted and “Start” is chosen, the field user will access the details of the job as well as be able to access the applications used to both navigate to the location  or capture the data.

 

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Navigating between Workforce for ArcGIS and Collector for ArcGIS on a mobile device

The user will choose the Collect option at the top-right in order for the hydrants to show on a map. Using Collector for ArcGIS allows for the user to access the existing feature where it’s properties can be altered.

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Collector for ArcGIS: Feature attributes
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Collector for ArcGIS: Editing feature attributes

Once a hydrant is selected, all it’s relevant data is displayed and ready to be edited, if required.

And when the inspection is complete, the tick at the top-left is selected, which will sync the data from the mobile device with the data source, keeping in mind that an internet connection is required.

Lastly, the applications will switch back to the Workforce for ArcGIS, where the field worker will select the “Finish” option, notifying the dispatcher of the assignments completion.

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Collector and Survey123 for ArcGIS are also capable of capturing new features with the same workflow and do not require internet access though the location (GPS) has to be switched ON, on the mobile device.

Capturing data in the field has never been easier!

ArcGIS Earth is here!

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Version 1 of ArcGIS Earth was officially released mid-January 2016. The application offers functionality to share data in a similar way that Google Earth does.

For Esri customers ArcGIS Earth offers additional value as it makes data viewing in realistic 3D and data sharing possible across the platform – from the desktop, mobile, server or custom developments, the same authoritative data can now be viewed in ArcGIS Earth.

Some advantages of ArcGIS Earth are:

1. Basemaps

ArcGIS Earth offers a choice of 10 global Basemaps ranging from street maps, to terrain and imagery at the click of a button. Simply set the Basemaps to suit the data that is displayed. This means you always have access to high quality, global data that is being constantly updated for you.

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Multiple datasets from various online or offline sources can be viewed in context of a Basemaps of your choice.

 

2. Collaboration & Content

If you are an existing Esri client with a Portal (or ArcGIS Online) identity you have full access to your organization’s authoritative content in the form of map and feature services, which means you can do your work quicker and easier than before. Sharing data requires no conversion, saving you time and money.

3. Ownership & Security

With ArcGIS Earth you have the ability to share GIS content that is 100% secure in an existing ArcGIS Online or Portal environment.

  • The level of data access is controlled by your Portal identity. Users can only access data they have been granted access to.
  • When information is added to ArcGIS Earth it remains the property of organisation/person who published it. This is different from other software providers may keep data even after you have removed it.
  • It is not possible to extract or download data from ArcGIS Earth. You can share a view of your data without giving it away. This is great because you can rest assured that your company’s data is safe and secure while using the latest technology to do your work.

4. Save your last session

There are several setting that can be customized. Among them is the possibility to have the Start-up view to continue where you left off. This setting remembers your location, Basemaps and all the other layers that were added during your last session. This can save you time when starting to work each day!

5. Limitations

ArcGIS Earth is great as a free tool for realistic 3D data visualization and sharing data in collaboration with your colleagues and customers. As with all software, there are currently a few limitations:

  • The file based data formats are limited to shp and kmz/kml. If you wish to use data from other Esri sources it must be published to a map or feature service first.
  • Where the symbology of file based features can be changed and the popups are visible, this is not the case for feature and map services. It is not possible to change the symbology or transparency of service layers to view data in context of layers below. It is also not possible to label or set popups for a service layer.

In conclusion

ArcGIS Earth version 1 has many useful features and boasts unrivaled global Basemap content. It is a great way to share your data securely with anyone, any place, anytime. So, have a go! You can download it for free.

 

6 things you can do with ArcGIS in 60 minutes or less

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The ArcGIS product stack can sometimes be overwhelming. Quite often I get asked if we “can do something” – before I even hear the “thing” my answer is yes! The challenge is always how to do it and with which set of tools. So, with all this amazing technology, we sometimes forget how easy it is to do the basic things – getting data into the system and sharing it in powerful and meaningful ways. So here is my list of 6 things you can do in a very short amount of time with ArcGIS, do you have any other ideas?

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Make your own field data app

Want to capture pictures and the location of graffiti in your neighbourhood? The location and a photo of birds on a walk in the bush? Just open an editable web map on Collector for ArcGIS (iOS and Android) and start capturing! More info here.

2Create a website that tells a story with maps

Want to show your friends all the places you have visited this year? Or maybe want to show off sights of your neighbourhood in your local community meetings? Use a web map and create a story map using a template and your data and share! More info here.

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Configure a mobile-ready web app

You want to be able to create a native mobile app for your children’s school to use on their outings? Or to brand an information app for your cousin’s tour company? Use a web map and configure the app with the AppStudio for ArcGIS! More info here.

4Deploy an app to any mobile platform

Want to create a basic mapping app that allows people to click on a feature and get a popup? Or change the basemap to imagery and view their own house using their mobile phone? Use a web map and configure a web app using the Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS! More info here.

5Add your Excel data to a map

Have some Excel data about schools in your province and want to add them to a map? Or maybe you have some Excel information about households in your local club and want to add them to a map? Use Excel with Esri Maps for Office and you can quickly add that data to the map using a wizard! More info here.

6Embed a map into your existing website

Have an existing website and want to include a map with directions to your office or house? Use a web map and embed it using code provided for you! More info here.