Mapping the Way Forward for National Security With Oracle’s Advanced Geospatial Technologies

March 16, 2021 | 3 minute read
Mark Tatum
VP, Cloud and Mission Technology
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Geospatial technologies are crucial to our understanding of the world around us.  Especially in the national security space, these technologies are mission-critical.

With more than two decades of expertise in geospatial technology, Oracle is focused on proactively innovating our products to meet the increasingly complex needs of our customers. 2020 only sharpened our focus, earning Oracle the title of Geospatial Technology Company of the Year by the Geospatial World Forum, selected by a distinguished panel of geospatial experts. This recognition reaffirms our leadership and vision.

As the needs of our customers evolve, Oracle’s geospatial offerings will continue to evolve, too, helping leaders in national security and other spaces to predict, plan for and manage change.

Innovations in spatial and graph technologies

Understanding social unrest, weapons proliferation, and terrorism has driven innovations in graph analytics and link analysis. The spread of COVID-19, contact tracing and resource distribution have brought the linkage of spatial and graph to every sector of the federal government, including national security. Geospatial technology makes it possible to measure the world in a detailed, accurate and cost-effective way, allowing health and government authorities to plan and predict appropriately for specific locations. For example, Oracle recently introduced contact tracing APIs to help officials compare the tracks and contact history of communities, allowing public health authorities to identify people who may have been exposed to one another.  Vaccine distribution is supported by spatial technologies that will help government agencies and healthcare institutions locate prioritized groups, like healthcare workers and nursing homes. These tools will also be crucial in reaching more remote, rural communities.


Spatial technologies and the cloud

It has long been our vision that spatial processing and analysis would be engrained in all Oracle offerings, available across cloud services, applications, and analytics tools, for customers in every industry. Oracle Database includes industry-leading multi-model and analytic capabilities. The converged database architecture supports multiple data models, algorithms, and workload types. Oracle embeds core spatial features in the Oracle Autonomous Database and Autonomous Transaction Processing, self-driving, self-securing, and self-repairing cloud services that can eliminate the overhead and human errors associated with traditional database administration. This, along with the introduction of the Oracle Spatial Studio, simplifies the development of spatial applications and the use of the spatial analysis for our customers across all industries.


Mapping the way forward

National security missions rely on spatial technology to unlock the potential of maps, imagery, spatial analysis, graphs and associated demographic information. Today, analysts and data scientists are incorporating AI and machine learning-based spatial technologies that enable location predictions and even more accurate object detection in satellite imagery and sensor data.

The applications of geospatial technology are boundless. Spatial orientation is central to our understanding of people and events. It is not only critical for national security applications, but the government also relies on geospatial solutions for also healthcare, environmental, and agricultural applications among others. As we map the way forward, Oracle looks forward to continued leadership in geospatial technologies to help explain our ever-connected world and help government leaders manage the changes to come.

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Mark Tatum

VP, Cloud and Mission Technology

Mark Tatum is the Vice President of Cloud and Mission Technology at Oracle Corporation. He is responsible for supporting the National Security community mission on how best to apply cloud innovations and advancements in IT to efficiently meet our nations continued national security and cyber challenges.


He has been working in and supporting the National Security Community for over 25 years. He started his career on national security programs as a system engineer and software developer at TRW Inc. Mark later moved to Oracle to apply new innovative technology to support national security missions.

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