The Future of Safe Cities - HxGN LIVE 2017 Recap

Safe Cities Lego setup HxGN LIVE 2017

To say that this year’s HxGN LIVE conference was important to the future of Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure would be an understatement. It was pivotal. As information and communication technologies change how our customers operate, so too, must the solutions we imagine and create for them.

During the conference last week, we revealed our Safe Cities vision and our plan to leverage cloud technology as a common platform for our Safe Cities solutions – and beyond. Moving our solutions to the cloud and enabling cross-industry collaboration and utilization will greatly benefit our customers. Being a veteran of HxGN LIVE, I think when we look back in a few years, this conference will be the one that pushed us to new technical possibilities and market opportunities.

In case you missed any of the keynotes or big news, here’s a recap of all of the things we shared and discussed during HxGN LIVE 2017.


Safe Cities: From Concept to Reality
In his keynote address, “Safe Cities: From Concept to Reality,” Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure president Steven Cost discussed how cities can overcome complex public safety challenges by using essential technology building blocks to become more prepared and safer. Watch it now.


Convergence in the Cloud   
Our second keynote featured Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s chief technology officer, Kalyn Sims, and senior vice president of Global Product Development, Dan Retzer, who spoke on “Convergence in the Cloud.” Sims and Retzer delved into how Hexagon will leverage the cloud and cloud-enabled technologies to bring our solutions into a core platform, supporting the Safe Cities vision. Watch it now.


Major Product Launches  

We announced three important product launches last week. All of these newly released products fit into the aforementioned core platform that supports our Safe City initiatives and strategy.

Intergraph Planning & Response
Intergraph Planning & Response is an application for managing major incidents and events that integrates and coordinates resources, procedures, and communications for multiple agencies across jurisdictions and tiers of command. While this product has been available in certain regions for several years, it’s now globally available. We’ve also updated it with new features, including a mobile app.

Intergraph Planning & Response HxGN LIVE 2017

Intergraph OnCall Dispatcher for I/CAD
Intergraph OnCall Dispatcher for I/CAD is a new thin-client application for our industry-leading Intergraph Computer-Aided Dispatch (I/CAD) system that provides core call-taking and dispatching capabilities via browsers. It features a highly productive, easy-to-use interface and workflows that are simple to deploy and maintain across multiple sites.

Intergraph OnCall Dispatcher for ICAD

Intergraph InSight Reporting
Intergraph InSight Reporting is a platform for quickly building and sharing interactive public safety agency reports and dashboards. It delivers data models and pre-built reports for I/CAD, and also connects to third-party data sources. Intergraph InSight Reporting removes the reliance on specialist data management and analysis skills to prepare source data and develop reports, reducing costs and enabling agencies to respond quicker to their stakeholders’ needs.

InSight Reporting HxGN LIVE 2017

Strategic Partnerships

This year, we also announced that Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure selected Microsoft Azure as the cloud platform our next-generation public safety and security products. These products will help reduce the total cost of ownership for mission-critical IT and enable public safety agencies and security operators to adapt to changing needs faster and more effectively. Hexagon’s new software-as-a-service (SaaS) products will enable customers to provision public safety and security solutions without complex hardware and software procurements.

Convergence in the cloud at HxGN LIVE 2017
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s chief technology officer, Kalyn Sims, and senior vice president of Global Product Development, Dan Retzer, discussed what using Microsoft Azure means for our products and customers.

Key Sessions

Every year, we work closely with our customers and subject matter experts to create and deliver engaging sessions for conference attendees. Here are some pictures from some of our key sessions.

Bill Campbell HxGN LIVE 2017
Bill Campbell, senior vice president of the Americas, discussed emerging public safety and security threats in our Smart Safety & Security opening session titled, “Understanding & Preventing Current Day Security Pitfalls.”

Joe OHare Boston EMS
Joe O’Hare from Boston EMS discussed how to manage major incidents and events like the Boston Marathon bombing during our Smart Safety & Security opening session.

Halton Regional Police Service
Joseph Glover from the Halton Regional Police Service gave a great presentation on how to leverage analytics and business intelligence to combat DUIs.

Icon Awards

Every year, we present Icon Awards to a group of customers for their vision and innovation in using our software to significantly benefit their citizens and communities. This year’s recipients included Bayernwerk, Bell Canada, the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, and Uttar Pradesh Police. Briggs & Stratton was a Shaping Smart Change Honoree too.

Icon Awards HxGN LIVE 2017
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure’s president, Steven Cost, and vice president of Global Strategy, Jerry Su, presented Icon Awards to this year's winners.

For those able to attend HxGN LIVE, I hope you had a great experience. If you weren’t able to make it, we hope to see you next year!

Kerry Fehrenbach
About Kerry Fehrenbach

Kerry Fehrenbach is the vice president of global marketing for Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure. In her more than 15-year tenure at Hexagon, Fehrenbach has led global marketing, managed nationwide government relations, facilitated strategic planning, and actively participated in corporate community events. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Fehrenbach has served on the board of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Girls, Inc., and the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce.