February 28, 2011
The National Broadband Map Launches
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Pacific Geodata, a GIS mapping and analysis firm located in Yountville, California  announced a reseller agreement with OpenGeo, a global leader in open source geospatial solutions.  Through this partnership, Pacific Geodata will be able to offer the OpenGeo Suite Enterprise Edition to its clients.

Autodesk, Inc., announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc., a leading provider of simulation software, for approximately $39 million in cash. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in Autodesk’s first quarter of fiscal 2012 (which ends on April 30, 2011).


 The President’s proposed $1.1 billion budget for the U.S. Geological Survey in 2012 emphasizes cost-containment and program savings while investing in research and development programs to restore and protect the nation’s lands and waters for future generations.

“The USGS supports Secretary Salazar’s and the Administration’s strong commitment to use science as the cornerstone of natural resource management by providing timely, unbiased research related to our nation’s most important natural resources,” said Marcia McNutt, USGS Director. “By providing funds for the sustained operation of Earth-observing satellites and for scientific research to enable understanding of complex ecosystems, the USGS budget will help our nation meet its energy needs, protect its land, water and wildlife, and make wise decisions about natural resources.”

The 2012 budget represents an increase of $6.1 million from the 2010 enacted level, which includes net program increases of $28.8 million, administrative cost savings of $23.4 million, and fixed costs and related change increases of $710,000.

The LBS industry’s thought leaders will gather in Amsterdam in May for what is set to be a definitive meeting for the industry – The Location Business Summit 2011.

Now in its second year, The Location Business Summit was created to provide a much needed meeting place for companies to mark out strategies for monetisation.

TheWhereBusiness has now announced the program for this year’s event, which takes place in Amsterdam on May 24th and 25th. 

Hexagon AB, leading, global provider of 3D solutions to design, measure and position objects and to process and present data, will host its inaugural international conference, Hexagon 2011, 6-9 June at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida, USA. Hexagon 2011 will bring together the latest technologies and user communities from Intergraph, as well as Hexagon’s Metrology, Geosystems and Technology divisions, in one location to provide attendees with a user experience of unprecedented scope and value.

GfK GeoMarketing is releasing a new study on purchasing power for retail product lines in European countries. The study gives retailers an objective benchmark for assessing consumption potential on a region-by-region basis. Due to the significant differences in Europe's income levels, consumer behavior and expenditures on product lines vary widely across the continent.

People with lower incomes typically spend a larger share of their earnings on daily needs, such as groceries. The share of spending on luxury product lines such as jewelry and consumer electronics increases as average income levels rise. However, there is not a linear relationship between these two variables, as higher income earners often devote a large share of their earnings to non-retail items such as rent, traveling, insurance and various services.

RapidEye announced  that the second coverage of China for the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) in as many years has been delivered.

The imagery campaign, which ran from August 1, 2010 through January 11, 2011 was intended to cover almost 5.8 Million square kilometers; 60% of the country. The project was successfully delivered and accepted by the MLR in the first week of February.


TomTom reports fourth quarter and full year 2010 results

Dell Delivers Record Results in Fiscal-Year 2011 Fourth Quarter and Full Year


Intelligent Addressing (IA) has appointed Neil Silley as the new custodian of the NLPG (National Land and property Gazetteer). The custodian is responsible for the coordination of inputs from local authorities across England and Wales to ensure the quality and accuracy of this key national database.

New Products

ESRI Canada  announced that it has signed an agreement to resell high-resolution earth imagery solutions from leading global content provider DigitalGlobe.  The partnership enables users of ESRI's geographic information system (GIS) technology to access the most current and comprehensive library of earth images and data available to enhance their applications.  

CDV Systems, providers of full BIM Lifecycle Management and specialists in BIM/CAFM/GIS/FM, released elements of its proprietary BIM/CAD to GIS and FM workflow process for "Meeting #2: Interoperability" to the Healthcare BIM Consortium. This group includes BIM leaders from Kaiser Permanente, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Army Health Facility Planning Agency, Sutter Health and the Department of Defense -MHS.

MapQuest, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Inc. launches its free MapQuest for Android app for the 18.2 million domestic Android phone users*. The new app features the same award-winning technology MapQuest previously issued for iPhone with major additions including OpenStreetMap (OSM) data that allows consumers to use the app internationally, as well as directly report errors onto the map.

StreetMapper, the vehicle-based laser mapping system, is now being offered on a Fractional Ownership basis providing affordable access to leading edge technology. With projected cost savings of more than 25 per cent and without the up front investment required for an outright purchase, the StreetMapper Fractional Ownership Plan is set to broaden the appeal of the world’s most accurate mobile laser mapping system. 

Aerial mapping company Bluesky has been awarded a number of contracts by UK Local Authorities to map heat loss from properties using new thermal imaging technology. The resulting thermal maps provide Councils and other organizations with intelligence with which to address fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency. Thermal imagery has even been used by the Police to identify properties used as cannabis factories.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the launch of STUDENTserver. This intuitive website offering is available at no charge to schools participating in the Be Careers Network Academic SELECT Subscription program. STUDENTserver provides all students and faculty at these schools with easy, self-serve access to the same commercial-grade software used by leading architects, engineers, and owner-operators to design, build, and operate the world’s infrastructure. It includes access to unlimited training, learning transcripts, professional networking opportunities on Be Communities, and more. Featuring automatic fulfillment, STUDENTserver is extremely easy for schools to administer. It registers students for services from Bentley, distributes software for home use, provides licenses to students and faculty, and maintains the software licenses and training.

Claraview, a division of Teradata Corporation, a strategy and technology consultancy focused exclusively on data warehousing and business intelligence (BI),  announced the expansion of its BI service offerings with the addition of Geospatial Business Intelligence (GBI) services.

deCarta, Inc., announced its next generation mapping Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that provide a free service for web and mobile developers who want to offer maps and local search under their own brand. Many developers  use maps from Google, which constrain those developers to Google’s business model. deCarta’s new APIs provide a comprehensive set of mapping, routing and local search services that allow these developers to leverage their own content, their brand and their business model.

Blue Marble Geographics announces the release of GeoCore 2.0, the all-in-one data conversion developer tool kit for geospatial data. The updated version of GeoCore includes the latest versions of GeoTransform, GeoCalc, and GeoTranslate software development toolkits. With these three products combined into GeoCore, users can seamlessly work with any Blue Marble data conversion toolkits in the same development environment to build powerful geospatial software. Whether your application needs coordinate, vector, CAD, raster, 2D or 3D geospatial data, GeoCore enables developers to address a variety of unique data transformation challenges, quickly and efficiently freeing up time to work on your core offering. Within GeoCore 2.0, developers will have access to GeoCalc 6.4.5 coordinate transformation library and toolkit, which now has support for HTDP time dependent shifts, Alberta Township System (ATS) land grids, as well as new Geoid definitions, and many other features.

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