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MapConnect puts the enterprise back into boundary data

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Geared toward the enterprise market space is Broadmap’s MapConnect Enterprise, a product that offers displays, geocoding and high quality boundaries, postal, Census and administrative boundaries. The company arose in response to the Recovery Act need to map serviceability of broadband and high speed internet access to determine where citizens were served or underserved in coverage. Broadmap maps this, reports it to the states and can do so for the federal government as well.

As a result of this effort, Broadmap was awarded with 8 states and territories.

The company is new but has a lot of GIS experience, as it has derived from GDT and TeleAtlas. Although TeleAtlas was acquired by TomTom, it’s interesting that MapConnect Enterprise is based on NAVTEQ based map data.

The product was showcased at Esri in the NAVTEQ booth this year.

APOLLO on the Cloud

Monday, July 26th, 2010

ERDAS APOLLO on the Cloud is an offering that gives users all the delivery power and data management of ERDAS APOLLO Professional on the Cloud.

 

When asked are people interested in using this as an adjunct to APOLLO Professional as a way to extend the desktop, CEO Joel Campbell replied:

 

“I think it’s more of an instead of. What we’ve noticed in market space for geospatial serving technology, is there’s a level of expertise that’s required – IT expertise, there’s a commitment to hardware and software that’s required that’s not typical in your GIS implementation and there’s a level of information technology – database software, middleware for web serving etc. We’ve noticed in a lot of organizations that our customers have a genuine interest in having that kind of serving technology but they don’t have access to that level of resource. They don’t have these IT departments and racks of servers laying around.”

 

Most people upgrade their hardware and software on a three year cycle, said Campbell. ERDAS makes an equivalent offering with the Cloud – you would spend the same or less money in three years and have access to the Cloud rather than own hardware and software that become outdated.

 

Presentation tool AddIn for ArcGIS 10 released

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

new version of a presentation tool that was first designed for ArcGIS 9.2/9.3 was released as an AddIn for ArcGIS 10.  This AddIn is similar to the presentation capability recently added to ArcGIS Explorer.  The AddIn can be downloaded here from the new code gallery.

Esri Applications Prototype Lab Blog, Friday, July 16, 2010

More on GeoPlatform.gov

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

A reader wrote in to ask if the data from GeoPlatform.gov was to be served up free of charge, as it isn’t clear from the website whether that is the case. If anyone knows the answer to this, please respond.

http://www10.giscafe.com/blogs/gissusan/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=539

Esri’s Business Analyst Online (BAO) demographic data app available in Apple App store

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Announced before ESRI UC, was an iPhone application that provides users with detailed demographic data for any given location. The app, called BAO (Business Analyst Online), will be available for free at the Apple App Store.

-Government Technology, June 01, 2010

GeoPlatform.gov promises near-real time information

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

“The partner agencies of the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) are developing a Geospatial Platform to more effectively provide place-based products and services to the American public. The Geospatial Platform will be a managed portfolio of common geospatial data, services, and applications contributed and administered by authoritative sources and hosted on a shared infrastructure.”

On another page of this website, GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse offers examples of how NOAA with the EPA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Interior integrated up-to-date information about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s trajectory with wildlife information, place-based locations of oiled shoreline and the positions of research ships into one map.  GeoPlatform.gov/gulfresponse utilizes the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) a web-based GIS platform developed by NOAA and the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center.

This may be a useful venue for volunteer geographic information (VGI).

More on acquisition of Intergraph by Hexagon AB

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

A reader suggested I post this on GISCafe Today, as it ran yesterday on AECCafe Today:

The recent announcement that Intergraph has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Hexagon AB, raised questions among the media. Hexagon AB is a global measurement technology company, and the transaction is valued at approximately $2.125 billion.

According to the press release, “Upon closing of the transaction, Intergraph will operate as a separate Hexagon division under the Intergraph name and branding.  Intergraph will become Hexagon’s core software platform and will continue to provide differentiated and vertically-focused software solutions to its core industries.  Intergraph software will also be integrated into Hexagon’s existing measurement and precision technology system markets to provide a visual presentation layer for the management, analysis and sharing of the vast amounts of critical data produced by these products.”

Intergraph customers are assured that “upon closing of the transaction, Intergraph will operate as a separate Hexagon division under the Intergraph name and branding.  Intergraph will become Hexagon’s core software platform and will continue to provide differentiated and vertically-focused software solutions to its core industries.  Intergraph software will also be integrated into Hexagon’s existing measurement and precision technology system markets to provide a visual presentation layer for the management, analysis and sharing of the vast amounts of critical data produced by these products.”

One question that arose among those of us who have followed Intergraph since the days when Bentley Systems was owned by Intergraph, is: does Intergraph still own 30 percenet of Bentley Systems, and if so, how is Bentley affected by the recent news of this acquisition?

Chris Barron, vice president of corporate marketing for Bentley, responded:  ”As a privately held company, Bentley does not routinely report on the identity of its minority stockholders or the stockholders or the size of their holdings. However, in response to your question, we can advise you that the Bentley shares previously held by Intergraph were transferred to an affiliate of its private equity owners following its going private transaction in 2006 and we have no indications that those shares are part of the sale to Hexagon.” 

In 2006, Intergraph was acquired by an investor group led by Hellman & Friedman LLC, TPG Capital and JMI Equity.  Pending regulatory approvals, as well as satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to be completed in the third or fourth quarter of 2010.
Incidentally, Hexagon AB is also the parent company for ERDAS, Inc., a company that focuses on incorporating geospatial earth information into businesses’ existing systems and data. ERDAS states that for the immediate future, they do not foresee any change in business as a result of the Intergraph acquisition.

Trails SIG talk on Trans Canada trail set for today

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
I'm just posting this here for all who are interested:
Trails enthusiasts at the ESRI conference,

Dave Williamson attended our SIG yesterday and he and Chris Wood had some great
experience to share in building the dataset for the Trans Canada Trail.  His
talk about the Trail, bumped from yesterday, has been rescheduled:

The new time:
5:20 pm Wednesday, July 14, at the Climate Change Demo Theatre

No doubt the experience he'll share will benefit and inform your own work on
trails.  See you there!

Michael Norelli

GIS Coordinator
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Fort Mason, Building 37
San Francisco, CA 94123
Bldg 37 (415) 561-3091  Cell (415) 724-9430
mnorelli@parksconservancy.org <mailto:mnorelli@parksconservancy.org> 

The Nonprofit Support Partner for the Golden Gate National Parks

Nokia sells MetaCarta just three months after acquisition

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

According to TMC News, Finnish telecom Nokia announced the sale of US software developer MetaCarta without disclosing a price on Monday.
Qbase Holdings just  purchased MetaCarta three months after MetaCarta was acquired by Nokia.

Cambridge-based Metacarta develops geographic intelligence software and  employs about 30.

Trails SIG meets at ESRI UC today

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
If you're interested in the use of ESRI products with trails, check out the Trails SIG. If you are at ESRI's User Conference in San Diego today, the Trails Special Interest Group meets
at the San Diego Convention Center today, Tuesday, July 13th, at noon to 1pm in Room 30 B.  It doesn't appear in the printed schedule, but it
does in the online planner.

And if you aren't in San Diego, see the following resources.

The SIG has a presence online at http://groups.google.com/group/trails-sig
This is a meeting I like to attend.
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