terrestris GmbH & Co. KG and OpenGeo Announce Partnership in Support of European Geospatial Users

OpenGeo Suite Users in Germany may access experts at terrestris GmbH & Co. KG for support.

New York, New York, November 18, 2010 - OpenGeo, a global leader in open source geospatial solutions, announced today that they will enter a reseller agreement with terrestris GmbH & Co. KG, a geoinformatics provider from Bonn, Germany. The company terrestris specializes in spatial data infrastructures as well as open source geoportals, and will now be able to expand their capabilities and offer clients solutions based upon the OpenGeo Suite, a fully integrated open source geospatial platform.  They will then provide support for OpenGeo Suite Enterprise Edition to users in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and receive privileged access to OpenGeo for second line support.

Open source technologies are increasingly identified as optimal solutions by European governments, NGOs, and and commercial users, and the OpenGeo Suite represents the first Enterprise FOSS geospatial software stack.  Upon announcing the agreement, Hinrich Paulsen, CEO of terrestris, said, "Open source geospatial software is being used in productive environments in large organizations throughout Europe with great success.  This partnership with OpenGeo will provide the best in support from core developers of the underlying software so that clients have even less to worry about."  

Chris Holmes, OpenGeo president, added: "We are excited to be working with terrestris as it will allow us to add local expertise and support for OpenGeo Suite users in Germany,  Austria and Switzerland. Working with terrestris will also help add value to European users of the OpenGeo Suite since terrestris is at home in Central Europe and familiar with some local idiosyncrasies of spatial data infrastructures."

OpenGeo, are long-time advocates of FOSS implementations to facilitate commercial efficacy and government transparency, and are known worldwide as major contributors to open source geospatial technologies.   The OpenGeo Suite is a complete, OGC standards-compliant web mapping platform built on cutting-edge open source geospatial components.  These interoperable components, including GeoServer, OpenLayers, GeoWebCache, PostGIS and GeoExt, are developed and maintained by active open source communities.  The OpenGeo Suite enables enterprise users to utilize its coherent and powerful software stack, with the reliability and support of a single, stable vendor.  

About OpenGeo

OpenGeo is a social enterprise working to build the best web-based geospatial technology. The company brings the best practices of open source software to geospatial organizations around the world by providing enterprises with supported, tested, and integrated open source solutions to build the Geospatial Web. OpenGeo also supports open source communities by employing key developers of  PostGISGeoServer, and  OpenLayers. Since 2002, the company has provided successful consulting services and products to clients like the World Bank, Google, the UK Ordnance Survey, Portland TriMet, MassGIS, Landgate, and the Federal Communications Commission. OpenGeo is the geospatial division of  OpenPlans, a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that informs and engages communities through journalism and open source software. All of OpenGeo's revenue has been and will continue to be re-invested into innovative and useful software in support of the OpenPlans mission.

About terrestris

terrestris is a geoinformatics business from Bonn, Germany and originally a spin-off from the University of Bonn.  Since 2002, terrestris has been active in the conceptualisation, implementation and maintenance of spatial data infrastructures using open source software like  PostGIS, OpenLayers and GeoServer.  One focus is on geodata acquisition in real-time using wireless sensor networks for environmental monitoring and displaying resulting data in a WebGIS environment.  Customers of terrestris include the German states Lower-Saxony, Brandenburg and Baden-Württemberg, TUV Rhineland Group, University of Copenhagen, the Forschungszentrum Jülich research institution, and diverse municipalities, amongst others.  terrestris has successfully completed projects in the Middle East (Qatar), Africa (Benin), Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Denmark) and is currently active in a hydrological research project in Asia (Mongolia).




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