GeoTime is a data visualization and analytic software product from Occulus that displays movement over time in an intuitive manner. The software was on display at the recent Esri International User Conference, with their latest release adding a number of impressive features to investigate trends over time as well as interactions. The software meshes nicely with ArcGIS 10x, and provides a new means to drill into trends over time, and to visualize event patterns in time and space.
The demonstration of the software that I received showed how it is ideal for the display of interactions, such as crime investigations, where you can explore the timeline of multiple individuals, their calls and connections to each other, as well as their location on a map. A quick visual shows you where each individual was at what time, and where likely interactions took place. The tool can quickly verify relationships between individuals based on this information, and the use is very intuitive for non-mapping professionals.
The key to the tool’s power is how quickly the visualization comes together to explore the spatial relationships. While it’s good at importing a large amount of tabular data, the key is in the ability to easily parse that data by individual, by location, and by time, in order to peel back relationships and activities.
Here’s a short video that describes the analysis of temporal data in their latest 5.2 release, with several use scenarios: