Our latest GovTech Innovator is Eric Patten, Esri’s director of global defense and intelligence solutions.

America’s port authorities use the company’s mapping tools to collect data that aids national defense and solves other problems. Departments along the nation’s coasts use Esri’s ArcGIS for several functions, including:

  • to map bathymetric (underwater and ocean surface) environments the same way ground surfaces are mapped;

  • to share nautical charts and underwater surface data with other agencies in the cloud; and

  • to use this geographic data to organize naval and military watercraft for defense and civilian operations.

Patten spoke to Government Technology about how agencies use Esri technology for maritime operations, and how this may change in the future.

Hilton Collins, Staff Writer
Hilton Collins  |  GT Staff Writer

By day, Hilton Collins is a staff writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines who covers sustainability, cybersecurity and disaster management issues. By night, he’s a sci-fi/fantasy fanatic, and if he had to choose between comic books, movies, TV shows and novels, he’d have a brain aneurysm. He can be reached at hcollins@govtech.com and on @hiltoncollins on Twitter.