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July 24, 2013
Press Release: GCS ‘Geospatial Big Data’ Webinar Focuses on Mobility Featuring Parcel Identification, Geo-fencing, Augmented Reality Applications


MISSOULA, MONTANA, 24 July 2013 – GCS has announced that Mobile platforms and applications will be the second webinar topic in its Geospatial Big Data series. The free webinar will feature three GCS Big Data solutions that use real-time location data in distinctly different applications – land parcel identification for economic development, geo-fencing for retail marketing, and augmented reality for geospatial visualization.

“Organizations that gather, maintain and serve geospatial data face a crucial Big Data challenge in making location-specific information accessible anytime, anywhere to their employees and customers,” said GCS Founder and President Alex Philp, PhD. “We will discuss how mobile technologies address the Big Data access challenges of specific vertical markets, including real estate, economic development, retail sales, law enforcement, utilities, tourism, defense/intelligence and GIS.”

Entitled “Moving to Mobility: Leveraging Location Analytics,” the one-hour webinar will be broadcast live at 3 pm (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Registration is now open through the GCS website at A live Q&A session with the audience will be included.
“Attendees from public and private sector organizations will learn how they can leverage the GPS-enabled devices most of us already carry to transform business processes for everyone’s benefit,” said Philp.

GCS has developed numerous mobile applications as part of larger Big Data solutions for organizations that need to collect, disseminate, share and communicate location-specific data with field crews, remote personnel, consumers, and target audiences. The webinar will discuss how to devise a framework, architecture and strategy for building a mobile solution that helps an enterprise operate more effectively and efficiently. Delivering spatial functionality to a handheld device, choosing an operating system, and selecting suitable mobile platforms will be discussed.

The webinar will feature discussions and demonstrations of three mobile applications developed as part of larger Big Data solutions:

  • Montana Parcel App – Simply by standing on a property or tapping on a parcel shown on the map screen, the user instantly accesses land ownership, valuation and other data from multiple Montana state databases. Created for economic development officers, this app is used by Realtors, emergency responders, hunters, and the public. Funded by the state, it has driven economic development by facilitating land transactions.
  • Geo-fencing App – Now under development for a national retail chain, this app defines a geographic perimeter around each physical store location. When a potential customer enters the ‘geo-fenced’ area, the app pushes an advertisement out to that person’s smartphone or tablet, complete with turn-by-turn directions to reach the store on foot or by car. Becoming highly customized, geo-fencing is revolutionizing the concept of one-to-one real-time marketing.
  • Augmented Reality App – In this mobile application under development, the user views a real-life scene through the camera lens of their smartphone or tablet, and the app overlays additional information – such as GIS data layers or historical photographs – on the scene in the correct geographic orientation. The demonstrated app will show how utility field crews can work more quickly by visualizing buried infrastructure beneath the ground without excavation.

GCS launched the Geospatial Big Data webinars with a focus on developing solutions to the unique Big Data challenges of geographic information by leveraging location analytics, mobile platforms, and cloud technologies. The first webinar, “Building, Deploying and Managing Applications in the Cloud,” was recorded in June and can be viewed at

About GCS
Based in Missoula, Montana, GCS is a geospatial solutions company delivering intelligent analytics through cloud networks and mobile platforms that provide answers to complex business problems. With over 200 years of technical expertise on staff, GCS integrates and adapts best-of-class systems to extract value from data and opportunities from information, making enterprises more productive, efficient and profitable. For more than a decade, the GCS team of experts has delivered award-winning solutions for public and private organizations – from start-ups to multinational corporations – in various disciplines and all levels of government.

To learn more about GCS, please contact Mike Beltz, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at, or by calling (406) 532-3254, or visiting the website:


July 23, 2013
Press Release: GCS Geospatial Big Data Webinar Schedule

GCS offers a free webinar series on Big Data challenges they have solved successfully and ways your business can be involved in this analytical revolution. Hosted by Kevin Corbley and featuring Dr. Alex Philp and GCS technologists, webinars are available for free over GoToWebinar.

June 12, 2013, 1 PM MST


GCS developed the demonstrated app, Montana Site Selector, to leverage advanced location analytics and cloud technologies to derive meaningful intelligence from economic and demographic datasets. Learn about the development, challenges and results of this Microsoft Azure hosted solution.

Watch the video by clicking here.

August 12, 2013, 1 PM MST


Features 3 GCS Big Data solutions that use real-time location data on mobile platforms: Montana Parcel App for economic development, a Geofencing App for proximity consumer ads, and an Augmented Reality App for no-dig utility solutions. Learn how to leverage GPS-enabled devices to transform business processes to everyone’s benefit.

Register now:

October 24, 2013, 1 PM MST


Dr. Philp discusses geospatial analytics and how insights from Big Data make for better business and workflow for any organization. Select examples from different industries will be discussed.

December 12, 2013, 1 PM MST


The final webinar in this series covers the fusion between the previous topics of Cloud deployments, Mobile Apps, and Geospatial Analytics. Dr. Philp will discuss the relationship of Big Data to the Internet of Everything.

July 1, 2013

GCS attending Esri UC 2013, Gold Sponsor for NWUG event

GCS Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mike Beltz, and our Director of Business Development, Jennifer Ewan, will attend the Esri International User Conference in San Diego from July 8-12 ( We look forward to connecting with many clients and colleagues at this flagship conference. Follow us on Twitter (@yourdatasmarter) for insights from the conference floor.

GCS is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Northwest GIS User Group Meeting during the Esri User Conference in San Diego this year. Brief info below. See the PDF invitation for full details.

Northwest GIS User Group Meeting
Tuesday, July 9
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
401 G Street
San Diego, California