September 06, 2010
Maps, Anyone?
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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earthmine has their own cloud service built on Amazon Web Service. “earthmine Cloud is very similar to ArcGIS Online, but specifically designed for earthmine's street level data,” said Ristevksi.

“Many ArcGIS users could utilize both ArcGIS Online and earthmine Cloud together with the benefit of not having to maintain, manage or host any data themselves. Using earthmine's new add-in for ArcMap you could access ArcGIS Online and earthmine Cloud simultaneously to get basemap and street level 3D data side by side without any local storage. This "data as a service" concept is definitely where the industry is heading and we are getting a lot of interest in the Cloud service as an option to our customers,” said Ristevski.

Top News of the Week

Lockheed Martin congratulated the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on the 50-year anniversary of the first Corona photo reconnaissance satellite image from space, which ushered in new space-based capabilities for the nation.

First developed as a joint U.S. Air Force and Central Intelligence Agency program to provide surveillance from space of denied territories, Corona achieved mission success on August 18, 1960 when an Air Force C-119 aircraft recovered in mid-air the satellite's capsule containing imagery captured by the satellite's panoramic camera system.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the Smart Ocean Sensor Consortium (SOSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance sensor observing systems for the oceans community.

Under the agreement the two organizations will participate in joint outreach and marketing activities to raise awareness and interest in smart sensor systems and Sensor Web Enablement. The organizations' first cooperative activity will focus on the Monterey Bay Research Institute's (MBARI) PUCK protocol for hydrographic sensor configuration. The PUCK protocol specification has been submitted to the OGC as a candidate standard.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

Manhattan Software announced that it has become an Esri Gold Tier Partner. Through this partnership, the integration of Esri's geographic information system software (GIS) with the Manhattan Software solution is maximized, enabling advanced analytics and geospatial visualization of facilities information. Maponics and Digital Map Products announced a partnership whereby Digital Map Products will offer Maponics Neighborhood Boundaries TM. Recognizing the strong linkage between mapping applications and the high-quality GIS data that bring them to life, Digital Map Products will offer Maponics datasets coupled with its mapping technology, beginning with North American Neighborhood Boundaries.

OpenGeo announces a new, global partner program to expand support options for users of the OpenGeo Suite. The OpenGeo Partner Program will create an international network of service providers, to bring more people into the open source ecosystem by aligning the financial incentives of consultants and solution providers with those of the core software developers. Through this network of partners, OpenGeo will offer OpenGeo Suite customers a wealth of proven technology solutions that solve real-world challenges.


Safe Software announced the expansion of its FME Training Program, with the addition of Instructor-Led Online Training. Ideal for users who can't afford the time or expense of traveling to a training facility, this new training alternative enables easier access to a broader range of data interoperability topics.

Upcoming Instructor-Led Online courses include FME for the Esri Enthusiast on September 22 - 23, 2010. Private classes for your company can also be arranged on request. To register for an upcoming course, or for more information on Safe's catalogue of Fall 2010 training courses, go to

DigitalGlobe announced that it had contracted Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation to build its next imaging satellite, WorldView-3. The company also contracted with ITT Corporation to build the imaging system for WorldView-3. The imaging system will be capable of capturing 8-band multispectral high-resolution imagery. The WorldView-3 satellite is scheduled to be ready for launch in 2014 and will further expand DigitalGlobe's industry-leading collection capacity, ensuring that DigitalGlobe can meet future assignments while continuing to deliver value-added products that satisfy current customers' needs for information and insight derived from advanced imagery applications.

ITT Corporation announced that it has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems, a major operating unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, to continue building the imaging system for GeoEye's next-generation Earth-imaging satellite, GeoEye-2. The GeoEye-2 imaging system consists of the camera and sensor subsystem, optical telescope unit and outer barrel assembly. ITT has been working on long-lead items for GeoEye-2 since October 2007, under a separate contract directly with GeoEye.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) calls for participation in the OGC Web Services (OWS) Shibboleth Interoperability Experiment (IE) to advance best practice for implementing standards on federated security in transactions involving geospatial data and services.

The IE, initiated by OGC Members Cadcorp, EDINA, and Snowflake Software, will demonstrate use of Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) with OGC Web Services, including use of Shibboleth. This IE will build on practices from the European Spatial Data Infrastructure Network (ESDIN) project and on results from previous OGC initiatives on authentication.


Pictometry International Corporation announces the appointment of Kevin T. Reilley as President of Pictometry Business Solutions (PBS). In this new role, Reilley will drive sales and product development across multiple business segments.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces that Dr. Luis E. Bermudez has been appointed Director of Interoperability Certification for the Consortium. In his new position, Dr. Bermudez will manage the OGC Certification Program, lead plugfest activities, and support OGC testbeds, pilots and interoperability experiments designed to develop, test and validate specifications for geospatial information.

SPADAC has hired recently retired Army Colonel Matthew Artero as Vice President of ISR Programs supporting the company's work with the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Homeland Security. Mr. Artero is a recognized expert within DoD ISR circles and has advised senior officials at DoD, NATO, the UN, and a number of foreign Defense Ministers.

New Products

OpenGeo announces the release of OpenGeo Suite Cloud Edition in collaboration with cloud technology innovator Skygone Inc. OpenGeo Suite Cloud Edition is optimized for cloud infrastructure, with special features preconfigured for scalability, and performance enhancements already installed. Available with a monthly pricing option, there are no up-front fees or long contracts to commit to, and the Cloud Edition includes everything required for deployment of the OpenGeo Suite.

Autodesk, Inc. announced AutoCAD for Mac software. This version of AutoCAD, one of the most widely used software for professional design and engineering, runs natively on Mac OS X and will increase choice of hardware for millions of users around the world. Autodesk also announced the AutoCAD WS mobile application, a new app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that will allow users to edit and share their AutoCAD designs in the field.

SuperGeo Technologies announced that SuperWebGIS 3, the newly-released Web map server software, is able to fully support 64-bit operating environments.

SuperWebGIS 3 gives enterprises the capability to publish dynamic maps and GIS data via the Internet. The highly scalable structure, strong support for geospatial database, complete GIS objects, and various types of web templates can help enterprises publish, display, and share spatial data easily in intranet and Internet. Organizations are able to share geospatial data with others through web services without limits.

SuperGeo Technologies establishes Urban Disaster Prevention Spatial System by SuperGIS Desktop, helping inhabitants understand escape directions and evacuate to reduce the loss when disasters happen. The system can benefit disaster-prevention and improve urban security by integrating with the systems of other cities.

Pitney Bowes Business Insight announced expanded country coverage for its industry leading Enterprise Geocoding Module. Available as part of the Pitney Bowes Spectrum™ Technology Platform v6.4, the Enterprise Geocoding Module now provides accurate location-based information for Mexico, the Czech Republic and Hungary. With this additional support, the Spectrum Technology™ Platform now offers the widest range of spatial data and international geocoding functionality for detailed location intelligence analysis and demographics assignment, which helps organizations to better serve their customers.

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