January 17, 2011
GeoDesign Summit 2011 in Review
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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GeoEye, Inc. announced it has won a contract from the Republic of the Maldives for a vessel monitoring system that is being developed for fisheries management and safety. This information services project expands GeoEye's expertise and presence in location-based information products and services.

CloudMade, the provider of development tools for the emerging location-based app market, has acquired OneStepAhead (OSA), a global provider of next-generation navigation software.

This acquisition brings together OneStepAhead's on-device map database and rendering engine with CloudMade's unique approach of delivering highly customized maps and location data, developers gain even more flexibility and control of the user experience that they deliver to their customers -- creating unique apps that perfectly match the needs of their users.

Acquisitions,Agreements,Alliances

IDV Solutions announced a new partnership with Blueprint, a specialist consultancy that creates business intelligence, performance management and financial planning systems, and data warehouses. Blueprint is headquartered in London, England.

1Spatial announces that it has been awarded a contract to provide software and services to support the delivery of Ordnance Survey's Multi Resolution Data Programme (MRDP). This contract win follows a procurement process lasting over six months which included three days of benchmarking workshops against a set of demanding generalization scenarios.

Ashtech has named ARVAtec SRL, distributor for Ashtech GIS mapping products in Italy. ARVAtec SRL is headquartered in Rescaldina, Province of Milan.

With more than a dozen GIS software and laser equipment retailer partnerships in Italy, ARVAtec will sell and support the full range of Ashtech GIS solutions, including the MobileMapper 100, MobileMapper 6 and MobileMapper CX.

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) and DICKEY-john Corporation, which designs, manufactures, markets and supports sensors, monitors, and control systems, have formed a strategic relationship in the agriculture industry.

Topcon, with headquarters in Livermore, California, recently unveiled its System 350 machine control system, which utilizes the new X30 control console and its AGI-3 receiver for autosteering functionality.

Manatron, Inc., a leader in integrated property tax and records management software for state and local governments, announced it has acquired International Land Systems (ILS) Inc., creating a new division: Manatron International. The acquisition was led by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., ILS provides land management and land administration software systems and professional services to government clients in the U.S. and internationally, as well as private sector and non-governmental organization (NGO) clients worldwide.

SuperGeo Technologies is pleased to announce that the latest SuperNetObjects is going to be released. SuperNetObjects 3 is a set of development objects allowing developers themselves to design the network analysis functions. Developed with program languages, like Visual Basic, Delphi, Visual C++, Visual Studio.NET, etc., SuperNetObjects 3 can define, store, traverse, and analyze the network conditions in the real world. Thus, users can have various analyses and solve the issues related to network.

Announcements

Trimble launched the Trimble Mobile GIS Developer Community. The new site provides a rich and growing selection of developer tools and services, hosted within the Trimble Connected Community (TCC) portal. The online community provides members with access to software tools and services as well as documentation, a developer forum, knowledge base and support resources.

The software development kits (SDKs) available to members of the Mobile GIS Developer Community include:
  • The GPS Pathfinder Field Toolkit: Designed for rapid development of standalone GPS-enabled applications for Win32 and Windows Mobile platforms.
  • The MobileGNSS Field and Office Tools: Allows developers to create Esri ArcGIS Mobile applications with GNSS postprocessing capability.

According to an ABI Research report, industry experts have long ago decided which side of the “software is killing the dedicated in-car navigation device” debate they are on. However, in a market with traditionally long product life-cycles the rate of change is impressive, as is the swing in revenues.
  • In 2009, almost 95% of revenues came from established, hardware-based technologies such as factory-fitted navigation and unconnected PNDs. Software-focused markets such as handset-based navigation and connected PNDs were negligible.
  • By 2014, more than 60% of the installed base will consist of software-based navigation solutions, and the off-deck location-based services (LBS) market will be primarily funded by advertising rather than direct fees.
  • By 2016, revenues will to all intents and purposes be a 50:50 split.

3D Laser Mapping and IGI have announced the first ever StreetMapper USA User Conference. Organized in conjunction with partners GeoDigital and Terrametrix the inaugural event will take place on the 10th February 2011 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans and will follow on directly from the world's premier LiDAR event the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), which is being held on the 7-9th February at the same venue.

For further information or to express an interest in attending the StreetMapper International User Conference please email info@3dlasermapping.com, visit www.3dlasermapping.com or call 00 1 402 618 3165.

Awards

Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation has been selected as Grand Award winner by the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) in its 4th Annual Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition. The award was presented to Baker at the MAPPS Fall Policy Conference on November 17 in Kissimmee, Florida, for its performance on the U.S. Bureau of Census - Accurate Coordinate Datasets Collection (ACDC) project.

People

GeoEye, Inc. announced that it has appointed Steven P. Wallach to the new position of senior vice president of Product Integration. Mr. Wallach joined GeoEye on Jan. 3, 2011, and is located at the Company's St. Louis value-added production facility.

New Products






Students and faculty at the University of Oregon use the ArcGIS API for iOS.


Coming off a successful early adopter beta program, Esri recently released the ArcGIS API for the Apple iOS platform. ArcGIS API for iOS enables developers to build and deploy custom iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad applications. This API uses the powerful mapping, geocoding, geoprocessing, and editing capabilities that ArcGIS Server provides.

NAVTEQ unveiled demonstrations of how it is transforming the driving experience through connected location content. NAVTEQ demonstrated next generation uses of its content at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES):

 
  • Teen Driver Application. This demo app provides teens-and their parents-with insights into how, how fast, and where teen drivers are driving.
  • Electric Vehicle Application. This electric vehicle demo app uses NAVTEQ's advanced vehicle map attributes to estimate the vehicle's driving range in less-than-flat terrain, city versus highway driving, or driving in heavy traffic.

TomTom announced the introduction of the VIA Series into the United States and Canada. The new TomTom VIA devices will offer consumers a powerful navigation experience with a sleek new design, an enhanced software platform, and premium safety features such as Intuitive Voice Recognition and Bluetooth® Hands-Free Calling.

Urban Mapping, Inc (UMI), a provider of web services and on-demand data for interactive mapping applications, announced new data available within Mapfluence, the company's web-based mapping platform. US Federal Court Jurisdiction data are now accessible through the industry's leading on-demand data catalog.

ERDAS proudly announces the official release of ERDAS APOLLO 2011, now available for download on the ERDAS website.

ERDAS APOLLO server-based offering is available in three product tiers to suit a wide spectrum of organizations - from those that simply need a very low-cost, remarkably fast image server to those requiring a comprehensive data management system.

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  • GeoDesign Identity January 19, 2011
    Reviewed by 'Philip Mielke'
    Great review of the GeoDesign summit, and I can understand how the identity of Geodesign gravitated more towards CAD & GIS Integration and also BIM. Based on the attendees and presenters, that seems to have been the point (or at least the market).
    From a GIS professional's point of view, GeoDesign isn't just the marriage of the city and building scales, but it's better thought of as the marriage of geoprocessing and design. As a GIS professional, you set up an iterative design environment complete with land-use type suitability and evaluation models, and you receive feedback on your design as you edit feature classes that represent land uses or buildings. The intent for a GIS professional would be to maintain this iterative design environment and allow non-GIS pro's the chance to design and receive statistical feedback on their designs. The point is that many stakeholders have the chance to design and review other stakeholders designs. You can measure agreement and disagreement spatially.


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