This chat introduces the spatial capabilities of IBM relational databases, focusing on the DB2 LUW Spatial Extender. Much of the business data that we work with has a spatial characteristic, such as customer or office locations, sales regions, hazard polygons or facilities such as utility lines and highways. By representing this spatial information in a relational table as spatial datatypes, SQL queries can incorporate spatial functions to perform spatial analysis in the database. Business value is derived by being able to answer questions like:
* where are customers who may be interested in buying flood insurance?
* what are the patterns of high crime activity
* should a new service center be constructed to support new customers
* where are preferred service providers along a route I plan to take
DB2 with the Spatial Extender is being used to answer these questions.
To learn more join experts from IBM labs - Sal Vella, (VP) and David Adler.