November 15, 2010
Killer Apps with Visual Fusion 5.0
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Letting the end user manipulate data is one aspect, empowering the developer to set this up in five minutes another aspect.

The same charts and graphs are available for all data sources. We also have a spatial query also out of box, which will function as a filter. If you swap out an area on the map and that immediately updates on the map. It’s easy to update, and see those updates in the graph as well. There are other options like a free form query or a default query. Another query we’ve added this time is Quick Query, which allows you to take any polygon on the map and turn it into a query, so if I want to see Texas, at the bottom I have a take action area with different things I can do with this data item, let me edit this area, send email to all contact points. This is set up out of the box, and all polygons will have this. I can click on query and then it does exactly what you want – filters down by chart and list and only within the items that are in Texas.

The end user can filter their data based on polygons that already exist. For the developer turning a polygon into a query happens automatically. The default query in tools menu also happens out of the box, so the developer doesn’t have to do anything. They can “slice and dice” the data any way they want.

GW: What other features do you envision for VF?

Scott: Side by side bar graphs, so you can interact with each individual county.

Editor’s Note: After this interview IDV Solutions announced Retail Analyzer, a retail performance demonstration built on Visual Fusion 5.0 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010.

Retail Analyzer demonstrates how Visual Fusion empowers the business user to visualize and interact with data such as retail sales, profit, and other performance indicators in the full context of location, time, and analytics. According to press information, Microsoft’s Bing Maps serves as the canvas for visualizing all the retail information in the informative context of location.

The demonstration highlights some of the features of VF 5 talked about in the interview.

Top News of the Week

CompassData, Inc. announced at the 2010 GEOINT Symposium, November 1 - 4, the RS Suite of Remotely Sensed Ground Control Points (RSGCP) that will allow for the collection of ground control points in areas of the world that were previously difficult, if not impossible, to map due to access or geopolitical influences. The RS Suite empowered by TerraSAR-X technology from Infoterra GmbH, makes mapping points in these sometimes dangerous and unreachable locations possible; and allows for two categories of accuracy: Precision RS-1 (up to one meter accuracy) and Precision RS-2 (up to three meters accuracy).

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces the formation of a GeoSynchronization Service Standards Working Group (SWG).

Frequently, geospatial content providers must collaborate with outside entities to collect new data and/or update their existing data holdings. This may be the case, for example, when municipal, state/provincial and/or federal agencies synchronize their data with closest-to-source providers. Another case is when content providers are crowd-sourcing (see their data production or supporting volunteer geographic information (VGI).

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently signed an enterprise license agreement (ELA) with Esri, making ArcGIS software tools available for unlimited use by authorized NASA employees and contractors. The agreement reflects NASA’s extensive and growing use of Esri’s ArcGIS software to bring geospatial intelligence to a wide variety of mission-critical efforts, from streamlining operations to enabling research and exploration.


OpenGeo announced  at GEOINT 2010 that it has received a Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract from the General Services Administration (GSA). The new contract, number GS-35F-0034X listed on the GSA Information Technology Schedule 70, makes the OpenGeo Suite and related support services available to US government purchasers at discounted prices.  This would be the first time a complete, supported open source geospatial software solution has been listed on the GSA.   

Esri president Jack Dangermond received the Arthur C. Lundahl Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) last week in New Orleans, Louisiana at GEOINT.


CoreLogic announced a net loss of $93.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 compared with net income of $24.4 million in the second quarter of 2010 and net income of $55.4 million in the third quarter of 2009.  Diluted earnings per share was a loss of $0.80, compared with income of $0.22 in the second quarter of 2010 and income of $0.59 in the third quarter of 2009.

GeoEye, Inc. announced  strong revenue results for its fiscal third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2010. press release

China Information Technology, Inc. announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010. press release

New Products

Hie Electronics introduces the TeraStack Solution to the geospatial intelligence community. “The intelligence community can benefit greatly from the TeraStack Solution to manage and store critical long-term data,” says MGen Mike Lynch (USAF Ret), Hie Electronics Vice President of Government Sales and Business Development.

Mapping Solutions, LLC is proud to announce its newest product, MapperD, a low cost demographic report generator for MapInfo Professional 9.5 or newer.  Reports are sold on a per report basis.  You only pay for reports you actually need and generate, and not for data you may never use.

BAE Systems recently migrated a server-based mission application into a virtualized data-center environment to increase reliability and reduce operating costs, completing the first task order under the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Total Application Services for Enterprise Requirements (TASER) contract.

Trimble introduced  the next generation of the Trimble Nomad outdoor rugged handheld computers. The Nomad 900 series adds a 5MP auto-focus camera with flash, enhanced GPS performance, and new Wi-Fi capabilities. These new features, along with the its rugged construction and computing power, make the Trimble Nomad 900 series ideal for mobile workers in forestry, public safety, surveying, construction, mapping, field service, utilities, and other outdoor or service-related fields.

Trimble  introduced  its Trimble MX100G GNSS+XPS Receiver, an integral part of the Trimble Terralite XPS System, which enables open pit mines to maximize operational efficiency by increasing positioning coverage in areas where satellite visibility is limited due to terrain. This unique receiver tracks GPS and now GLONASS constellations as well as Trimble's Terralite "ground satellites" for machine control and guidance applications used in mining operations that require high accuracy positioning with maximum availability.

Trimble introduced  the new Trimble Municipal Reporter system, a complete hosted solution for managing issues found throughout a municipality, including potholes, broken streetlights, graffiti, pest infestation and illegal dumping.

SuperGeo Technologies developed a WebGIS system that allows users to view the population structure at a specific time in a specific area. The platform assists scholars in population comparison between different areas or different times via the Internet.

ADC WorldMap announced the release of ADC WorldMap Digital Atlas version 6.0. This major release features the addition of level two administrative boundaries for many countries along with up to date country and level one political boundaries for the entire world. The new product also includes worldwide demographic data and statistical information for economy, communications and military; updated airports with runway polygons; and improved cities, roads and coastlines.

OnTerra Systems introduced Route Savvy Beta -- a new route optimization tool for small business fleets, business professionals who drive to multiple destinations for their work, and individuals organizing errands, carpools, and other multi-destination trips. RouteSavvy is based on Bing maps Web mapping technology. The Beta version of RouteSavvy is free, and available immediately on at the following link:

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