March 14, 2011
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Trimble announced  that it has acquired a suite of software solutions from Mesta Entreprenør AS, a subsidiary of Mesta Konsern AS. Mesta Konsern AS is one of Norway's largest contracting groups for road and highway construction as well as related operations and maintenance. The software suite includes office, field data collection and on-machine solutions specifically designed for the Nordic construction market. Financial terms were not disclosed.


CalGIS announced Don Cooke as the closing keynote speaker at the 17th Annual California GIS Conference in Fresno, March 28-31, 2011. Donald Cooke is Community Maps Evangelist at Esri.

Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) is embodied in operations ranging from the Open Street Map to user feedback channels for Google Maps and personal navigation devices. The biggest challenge for VGI is turning a large number of citizen reports into the kind of authoritative data that we’ve grown to expect from maps. CalGIS.

Is your GIS ready for Gov 2.0? The results of Esri Australia’s Gov 2.0 Benchmark Study are in. According to Australia’s local governments, Gov 2.0 is here to stay, and GIS will play a key role in enabling the concept.

The Benchmark Study, which surveyed councils from around Australia on how they use GIS, had a resounding consensus that GIS is an important ingredient in bringing the concepts of community engagement, transparency and government accountability to fruition.

Intermap Technologies announced the completion of their 3D Roads – the only dataset to provide highly accurate 3D models for every road, from the largest highway to the smallest urban and rural roads, throughout Western Europe. Derived from a radar-generated 2D road network combined with height information from the Company’s NEXTMap digital terrain model, 3D Roads is the first accurate, seamless, and comprehensive collection of road data available to the region.


DigitalGlobe, Inc. reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010. press release

Intermap Technologies Corporation reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010. press release

Bentley’s First Annual Corporate Update, SACS Acquisition and Sustainable Licensing AECWeekly


AeroMetric is pleased to announce that Paul Brooks has been elected a 2011 ASPRS Fellow. This honor is awarded by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing for exceptional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences, in addition to making outstanding contributions to the society. Only two ASPRS members have been awarded Fellowship in 2011 from a membership base of over 5,000.

DigitalGlobe has appointed Jeffrey R. Tarr as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 5, 2011. Tarr succeeds Jill Smith, who, in September 2010, announced her intention to leave the company and was both the company's CEO and Chairman. DigitalGlobe also named current DigitalGlobe Board Member General Howell M. Estes III as its new non-executive Chairman.

Manuel Jahn and Sebastian Müller are the new heads of GfK GeoMarketing's location- and real estate consulting division. Both are long-standing employees who are well regarded in their field and benefit from substantial management experience. Sebastian Müller will track market developments and ensure that the real estate consulting division is synchronized with GfK GeoMarketing's other company divisions. Manuel Jahn will focus on providing customer support and quality control for the division's consultancy services.

New Products

TomTom  unveiled a new navigation device for the North American market designed for businesses to deliver clear bottom-line benefits. The PRO 7150 from TomTom Business Solutions, the business unit of TomTom dedicated to commercial vehicle fleets, offers improved route guidance and faster route calculation to help drivers save time spent on the road.

Pitney Bowes Business Insight, a global leader in customer data, analytics and communication software and services,  announced a major version upgrade to its Portrait Customer Analytics product line in the form of Portrait Miner 6.0, the industry’s most visual and automated software solution for accurately predicting customer behavior. By deepening customer understanding and automating the predictive modeling process, Portrait Miner empowers customer insight professionals to improve campaign targeting and profitability and increase ROI from sales and marketing campaigns.

SuperGeo announces that the latest network objects—SuperNetObjects 3 is officially released worldwide.

SuperNetObjects 3 is a component library based on network objects, enabling developers to design various network analysis functions. SuperNetObjects 3 supports developers to apply program languages, like Visual Basic, Delphi, Visual C++, C#, etc to define, store, and analyze diverse geographic network situations in the real world. The network related issues, therefore, can be effectively solved.

Getmapping has announced a new monthly account for its online ‘Planning Required’ planning map service ( Architects, home improvement companies and professionals who are regular users of the service will benefit from significant savings when they sign up for accounts. With a single bill for multiple transactions the monthly account will deliver both savings and convenience.

Maponics announced its groundbreaking Subdivision Boundaries product with plans for vast U.S. coverage by mapping more than 500,000 by year-end. The real estate industry has long recognized that the immediate area surrounding properties significantly impacts quality of life and home values. In suburban settings, the smallest defined area around properties is typically the subdivision—which can include everything from a few homes within a gated community to a development with hundreds of properties.

Avenza Systems Inc. announced the release of MAPublisher 8.4 for Adobe Illustrator. The latest version of this mapmaking software used to produce high quality maps from GIS data for both print and electronic distribution now includes a powerful thematic mapping feature called MAP Themes. Like the name implies, it produces dot density maps and uses stylesheets to symbolize choropleth maps based on various types of data classification. In addition, it can easily create custom charts using data attribute values.

MPSI announced the release of a new product, TrafficMetrix Current Year Estimates, providing predictions for more than 750,000 traffic count locations.  Through its TrafficMetrix product, first released in 1999, MPSI has become the premier provider of the largest database of published traffic count data in the nation.  Each quarter, new published traffic count data is incorporated into TrafficMetrix; however, it is not uncommon for the data to be at least one year old at the time it becomes available.  There are also many counts that do not get updated on a regular basis as there are no guarantees that the 6,000 plus organizations that MPSI relies on to collect this data will have the need and budget to invest in new counts each year.

Qbase LLC., just six months after acquiring MetaCarta,  announced the second generation of its MetaCarta GeoSearch Toolkit for Solr. The GeoSearch Toolkit which brought true geospatial document search to Solr, the open source enterprise search engine, now adds polygonal search as well as confidence and relevancy scoring to its offerings.

Fugro-Jason  announced EarthModel FT 4.2, the latest version of its geologic modeling software. EarthModel FT is built upon the UpdateAbility and TrackAbility capabilities that allow geomodelers to quickly update their subsurface models to keep pace with the changing understanding provided by new interpretation, wells, production information, and other field data. Fugro-Jason is a leader in integrated reservoir characterization technology for the oil and gas industry.

GeoDecisions, an award-winning leader in the information technology industry specializing in geospatial solutions, has released version 7 of its patented IRRIS technology. IRRIS 7 has transformed the way users perform their daily missions by simplifying workflows and providing powerful spatial analysis capabilities while significantly improving performance.

TerraGo Technologies, Inc. has released TerraGo Publisher for ArcGIS version 5.6 for both desktop and server environments. TerraGo Publisher extends leading geospatial applications such as Esri ArcGIS to create highly portable, interactive TerraGo GeoPDF maps and imagery.

Trimble introduced  the ThingMagic Mercury6 (M6)4-port, multiprotocol RFID reader as the latest addition to its RFID product family. The M6 is based on the ThingMagic M6e embedded RFID reader module and operates with the ThingMagic MercuryAPI, providing OEMs, VARs and end users with high-performance RFID and a common programming interface for enterprise RFID solution development.

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