Business Intelligence Visualization - A Case Study of Washington DC


Swapan Nag
Thursday, January 28, 2010
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Pryne Auditorium

Over the past several decades, government has been striving to promote inter-agency information sharing and decision-making by utilizing knowledge and awareness to drive innovation and accountability. Efforts have focused on combining a myriad of specialized data formats, technologies, and legacy systems onto a single re-engineered platform, based on a desire to homogenize, normalize, and standardize. This server-based approach has tended to result in a controlled effort at migration, leading to increased costs, user alienation, and sacrifice of productivity and efficiency. An alternative web design seamlessly integrates diverse data and application resources shared between participating agencies utilizing a top down management approach instead of the conventional technology-centric one. Costs are dramatically reduced by leveraging the organization’s existing technology infrastructure through optimal use of data visualization, integration and analytical techniques that provide a universal inter-operative capability. This intuitive ‘middleware’ solution optimizes communication and control between participating agencies into a common visual operating interface without constraining creativity and diversity. The results are startling, providing an integration of complex real-time multi-layered situational intelligence information that dramatically changes the metrics by which organizational performance is measured. The presentation will be supplemented with a live demonstration of the DC platform that, following its initial implementation success, was used to coordinate emergency operations during the presidential inauguration in January 2009, and today is routinely used to manage public safety operations.

The speaker, Swapan Nag, C.E.O. of Nag, Inc., graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur with honors in Physics and Chemical Engineering, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Riverside. Since graduating from UCR, he continued application of Spatial Technologies he learnt there since the early days of its inception. He established Engineering Systems in 1991, serving as Principal GIS Consultant to several government jurisdictions throughout the Greater Washington D.C. and Los Angeles Metropolitan Areas. He has created enterprise visualization platforms for Natural Gas, Water, Sanitation, Stormwater and Power Utility Modeling, Cadastral Mapping and Real Estate Analysis, GPS Survey and Automated Vehicle Location, Crime Analysis, Traffic Collision Management, Emergency Response and Preparedness, UrbanPlanning, Development, Redevelopment, Permitting, Transportation, and Solid Waste Information Management.