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Geospatial Solutions for Public Safety 2023

in the Baltic States

October 25, 2023 | Tallinn, Estonia

About the seminar

The seminar aims to introduce public security sector representatives of Baltic States to the newest technological innovations applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS), digital maps, geospatial analysis tools and applications specifically for public safety and security. Also, a very important goal of the seminar is to provide an opportunity for public security sector customers to share best practices and positive experiences in using GIS technologies, spatial data and geospatial solutions, which improves their activities, as well as to extend a network of professional contacts.

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09.30-10.00Registration and morning coffee
10.00Opening remarks
10.05Civil Protection and Crisis Management in Estonia
Priit Laaniste, Head of Crisis Management Department, MoI of Estonia
10.20The Geospatial Vision for Public Safety
Arturas Kedavicius, Hnit-Baltic
10.45Solutions and Capabilities for Public Safety – Part 1
ArcGIS Tools for Radiation Incident Management – Arturas Kedavicius, Hnit-Baltic
Civil Protection Infrastructure - an Actual Status in ArcGIS – Inese Rēriha, Envirotech
Analyses Tools for Criminal Investigations – Donatas Bružas, Hnit-Baltic
11.30-12.00Coffee break
12.00SAR a complementary source of information
Alberto Meroni, Esri
12.20Solutions and Capabilities for Public Safety – Part 2
Field Data Collection for Public Warnings About Thin Ice – Erki Kokkota, AlphaGIS
ArcGIS Tools for the Border Security Evaluation – Alfredas Gudauskas, Hnit-Baltic
ArcGIS for Search & Rescue Operations – Erki Kokkota, AlphaGIS
13.00-14.00Lunch break
14.00Your Eye in the Sky is ICEYE, Now Also Through Esri
Tero Vauraste, ICEYE, Lt Cdr (Ret)
14.20Nemunas River Flood Simulation
Colonel Juozas Vitkus Engineering battalion, Lithuanian Defence Forces
14.40ArcGIS for Event Management
Arturas Kedavicius, Hnit-Baltic
15.00-15.30Coffee break
15.30Testing of Threat Notification Channels in Exercise #CREVEX2023
Kadi Luht-Kallas, Adviser of the Rescue and Safety Policy Department, MoI of Estonia, PhD
15.50Latvian Experience
GIS and Fire Services
16.10Field Inspections by the State Tax Inspection Control Units
Arturas Kedavicius on behalf of Lithuanian State Tax Department
16.30Summing-up, networking




Priit Laaniste

Head of Crisis Management Department at the Ministry of Interior
Priit Laaniste has a master degree from Tallinn Technical University as a chemical engineer. He started his career in 2000 in Rescue Board in the field of chemical safety, but then moved on to crisis management. He has also forked in the Academy of Security Sciences. For the past 17 years he has worked in Ministry of Interior in different positions both in rescue policy, civil protection and crisis management area. Since 2011 he has worked as Head of Department.


Kadi Luht-Kallas

Adviser of the rescue and safety policy department MoI, PhD

Kadi Luht-Kallas, PhD,  has been an advisor for emergency communication at the Estonian Ministry of the Interior since 2021, responsible for issues such as 112 (e.g. NG112, decision tree for call takers, accessibility), state helpline and public warning. She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Tartu and has an extensive background as a lecturer and researcher in risk behaviour, fire risk analysis and prevention work. Since 2021, she has also been coordinating a multidisciplinary project team to integrate a multichannel warning platform in Estonia.


Tero Vauraste

Tero Vauraste, Senior BD Advisor, MSc, Lt Cdr (Ret). ICEYE -

Tero Vauraste has more than 30 years of experience from Arctic, maritime, aerospace, logistics and security sectors in various Senior Executive positions. He' has served within the Finnish Navy and Coast Guard. He is a member of the DG Defis Space Expert Group and a board member of EARSC, European Association of Remote Sensing Companies.

In addition to the maritime officer degree, he has an MsC in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from Leicester University and he is working on his PhD in the Finnish Military University in the Space and maritime domains within security of supply. He is a member of the Finnish Ministry of Defence Scientific Committee working Group Arctic and Space.


Artūras Kedavičius

Senior Sales Project Manager,

Arturas Kedavicius, educated as a lawyer in Vilnius University, has over 26 years’ experience in the Public safety sector. 16 years of it as a police officer, starting as a police street patrol and growing up through different positions to the head of the National police information centre. In 2003 started a new nation-wide organization – Lithuanian emergency response centre and spend 10 years building and nurturing it.   

After retirement in 2013 in a rank of colonel worked 5 years for USA company Intermedix as a Director International Client Operations, since January 2019 - Senior Sales Project Manager for Public safety, Defence & Intelligence and Heath sectors with Hnit-Baltic.


Alfredas Gudauskas

GIS Analyst, Hnit-Baltic. Major (Ret)
Alfredas Gudauskas has over 23 years’ experience in the defence and intelligence sector. With 19 years of military service in the Lithuanian Armed Forces. During the service, got experience in logistics, CIS, and UAS operations. Two years of service were spent on international missions.


Alberto Meroni

Business Development Manager, Imagery and Remote Sensing. Esri Italy

Alberto Meroni has been in software development for more than 35 years, including over 25 years’ experience in the Remote Sensing domain. He has contributed to the management, design, development, and delivery of numerous projects for the exploitation of Satellite Remote Sensing data. Major customers include ESA, EUMETSAT, ENI, IT MOD and E-GEOS. From more than ten years he has assumed the role of Product Manager for the suite of software products to process SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) data, contributing to the evolution of the product and its worldwide widespread. With the advent of Copernicus missions, he has contributed to the development of cloud-based technologies for exploiting SAR Sentinel-1 data. Recently has joined ESRI in the group of Imagery and Remote Sensing with the position of Business Development Manager with the aim to foster the use of information derived from Remote sensed data in the GIS community.  


Inese Reriha

GIS Expert, Envirotech SIA. Retired Latvian National Armed forces officer

Inese Reriha has a master's degree in computer science with additional expertise in IMINT, GEOINT, OSINT, and Remote sensing.

Inese has previous and ongoing work experience as a lecturer and guest lecturer, researcher in such education facilities as Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, Riga Technical University, and Latvian National Defense Academy. Retired Latvian Armed Forces officer. 

Since January 2021 – GIS Expert, Baltic Defense industry coordinator in Ltd. Envirotech.


Erki Kokkota

Consultant, Alphagis

Erki Kokkota has over 20 years of experience with fieldwork, maps and GIS. A member in the Estonian Defense League since 2007. The rapid development of digital field devices helps to keep work and hobby modern. The main activities are data collection, navigation and map analysis, based on diferent tasks. Data integration with other GIS systems and explaining to the various users.


Donatas Bružas

Senior GIS Analyst – Consultant,




Tallink Spa&Conference Hotel

Sadama 11a, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia


You are welcome to the Seminar at Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel!


Renovated on 2019

Location:  Tallinn town centre, Sadama 11a, 10117 Tallinn 


PeriodRoom typePrice per night (EUR)
23.10. – 25.10.2023Standard twin for one person 17 m280
Standard twin for one person 19 m290 
Premium twin for one person 19 m290

Included in the room price:

  • A Rich Breakfast
  • Unlimited use of the Spa and sauna
  • Wifi
  • VAT 9%

Booking conditions:

  • Participants book accommodation through the website: using the discount code ESRI.
  • Participants pay for their own accommodation.
  • The number of rooms with a discount code is limited.


Booking guarantee and cancellation rules:

  • The customer undertakes to submit and the Hotel to confirm all cancellations and changes in writing by e-mail.

Please inform us if you arrive later than 18:00.

  • You have the right to cancel accommodation and additional services free of charge 24 hours before the check-in time of the day of arrival indicated in the order (15:00).
  • If the order is canceled later or if the guest does not show up at the hotel, a contractual penalty (the first night's room price without VAT) will be applied.

Additional Information:

Mrs Triin Kuinberg

Sales Manager (Events and Conferences)
Tallink Hotel

Ph: +372 5132640


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