Secure Geocoding

Caitlin Dempsey


Esri has released World Geocoder which is used within ArcGIS to securely map sensitive location information such as addresses and places behind a firewall.  

“Keeping sensitive customer data secure is a top priority for many organizations,” said Esri president Jack Dangermond. “The ability to geocode this data quickly and accurately behind a firewall enables organizations to leverage spatial analysis and technology to better understand their customer information.”

What is geocoding?

Geocoding is the process of converting addresses (like “1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC”) into geographic coordinates (like latitude 38.8977 and longitude -77.0365), which you can use to place markers on a map, or position the map.

Esri’s World Geocoder

Street-level addressing information is available for over 100 countries.  Users can batch geocode, map one address at a time, or reverse geocode off of a set of coordinates.  World Geocoder also includes an API for enabling geocoding capabilities for custom and ArcGIS apps.

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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.

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