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TerraGo Version 6 Allows Sharing and Updates

October 8th, 2011 by Susan Smith

A significant technology and release cycle characterize the latest 6.0 release of TerraGo. According to CEO Rick Cobb, the company has released the first version of their TerraGo SDK – a modular functionality that you can use through a service, a rapid dynamic link library. “Every major function we perform can be plugged into someone else’s app, into the cloud or some other server based app,” said Cobb. “The SDK is being deployed by GeoEye this summer so when someone goes to the GeoEye iCloud services based platform they will be able to use TerraGo to make collaborative GeoPDF images.”

TerraGo booth at Esri UC Conference 2011 in San Diego

What that means is the SDK allows you to take functionality from TerraGo’s core library and plug it into apps. BAE is extending their next generation of Socket GXP and Explorer to include things like layered interactive and collaborative imagery as well as 3D. Hitachi has recently released a new version of their technology Geomation  which also leverages the SDK. The SDK is a new approach for TerraGo to create this library of features and functionality that allows people to deploy it in all disparate ways in different systems.

TerraGo will introduce new capabilities in the upcoming version 6 (V6) software releases of its popular TerraGo Toolbar, Publisher and Composer solutions to fully enable GeoPDF maps and imagery to be updated and shared by any Adobe Reader and TerraGo Toolbar user anywhere.TerraGo’s core product line, Publisher for ArcGIS, Publisher for ArcGIS Server, Publisher for Raster Composer, Mobile, etc. are going through a massive upgrade of next generation architecture in 6.0. TerraGo has signed an IP agreement with Adobe and is plugging some information for the Adobe IP into all their Publisher and Composer products so that when anyone makes a GeoPDF image or map product it will automatically be enabled for full blown markup and collaboration, both with the TerraGo Toolbar client as well as with the Adobe Reader environment.

“An ArcGIS user who creates a map and serves it out to the field is now delivering a completely automated map that’s able to be marked up easily that will allow users to import data from different sources. People will be able to embed their own multimedia, content, hyperlinks, etc. and use all the advanced functionality. They can share and export all that information back to the ArcGIS user, back to KML and Google Earth or to any other Adobe user,” said Cobb.

TerraGo’s goal is to join the enterprise GIS department with their end users who are frequently in the field, or in other areas where they are not GIS experts, allow them to do all the personalization and updating and allow that information to be shared anywhere.

6.0 is making collaboration available for everyone everywhere. The product is updating some of the core sharing functionality so organizations can do more real time or near real time sharing.

“If I’m in the field on a mobile device and I take a picture and hit send I can automatically annotate someone else’s GeoPDF anywhere else in the world,” said Cobb. “When you capture information in the field you can share that in near real time with anyone anywhere. Along those lines we’re moving TerraGo Mobile onto Android and iOS platforms, we’re releasing production on Android in Q4 and releasing production in Q1 on iOS. We also add core capabilities to plug our products deeper into the ArcGIS and Esri infrastructure so we’re working in data driven pages, automated class identification for geomarks in ArcGIS, as well as the ability to do all kinds of advanced layering in layer control, so ArcGIS users can produce a custom collaboration product right there.”

Key partners of TerraGo include BAE, i-Cubed and OverWatch and Hitachi. Hitachi’s Location Intelligence Group has a case study of the tsunami and how they employed geospatial technologies to help in the recovery effort, the identification of damage and remediation, etc.

Hitachi gleaned from various sources some synthetic aperture radar information around water penetration from the tsunami, from before and after quake damage, and additional cadastral information. They built from it a multi-nested layered map book that contained 38,000 individual maps all built into 42 map books and then distributed that to the government, who then distributed that to all the state and local agencies, and everyone who was responsible, to do a damage assessment. The map books were used to figure out who was entitled to damages.

About 180,000 properties were damaged by the tsunami and the Japanese government issued 130,000 certificates for damages. They used the GeoPDF map books that were really a mashup of all the geospatial data from the various imagery and map providers put into a collaborative environment that anyone can use and share.

The area that was close to the reactors, was shut down so no one could even do a flyover, so the government used the GeoPDF Atlases, but they used them to verify full damage with no on the ground visual inspection. Based on that information, they were able to issue hundreds of certificates.

TerraGo is an Esri Gold Partner and a Silver Sponsor of the Esri Conference in San Diego. They are also a Gold Partner of Adobe and an IP partner.

The ability to have standard core IT technologies for those who are not GIS experts as well as formats available for Esri, BAE, OverWatch and Geomation – and organizations that require those technologies make it possible for TerraGo to address those two markets.

Their long term expertise in the defense and intelligence sector has prepared the company well for other industries such as the disaster sector, planning and assessment, as well as critical infrastructure industries such as oil and gas and public safety.

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Dell announced  its work with Bing Maps to create a dedicated imagery processing microsite to support Streetside, Bird’s Eye, aerial and satellite image types provided by Bing Maps. Dell’s Modular Data Centers combined with Mellanox InfiniBand networking were the building blocks of the new highly efficient microsite.


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Garmin Ltd. announced second quarter results for the period ended June 25, 2011.

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Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment 2011
Date: August 15 – 19, 2011
Place: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Nairobi, Kenya
The overall scope of this conference is to offer an interdisciplinary, international forum for sharing knowledge about the application of Geoinformatics with focus on developing countries. 

The content is twofold and participative. There will be professional training and workshops about current topics in the fields of Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics as well as reports (presentations) from the participants about applications and developments in their countries. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

International Image Trade Fair
Date: August 16 – 18, 2011
Place: Expo Center Norte
Pavilhão Branco, São Paulo, Brazil
The 19th edition of PhotoImageBrazil will present the latest in digital photography and related services connected with the sector, bringing together in one place the major manufacturers, importers of photographic equipment and accessories. At the same time will be held the Forum PhotoImageBrazil 2011.
Latin American Geospatial Forum 2011
Date: August 17 – 19, 2011
Place: Barra Windsor Hotel
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
GIS Development with an intent to expand its activities and programs in Latin American continent is expanding its network of conferences in Latin America and is developing a regional conference for geospatial industry. Though there is no dearth of conferences in this region too, but we at GIS Development believe the Latin American Geospatial Forum will contribute an intern ational platform for information exchange and meaningful dialogue between and amongst various stakeholder of Latin American Geospatial Industry.
ISPRS Working Group V/2 Conference
Date: August 17 – 19, 2011
Place: The Kings Manor
York, United Kingdom
Located in the King’s Manor, part of the University of York and one of the historic city’s most attractive and unusual sites, this conference aims to bring together working group members, researchers, developers and practitioners to discuss research, technological developments and projects relating to the cultural heritage application of survey and other close range image measurement techniques.
106th Canadian Association Chiefs of Police (CACP) Annual Conference
Date: August 21 – 24, 2011
Place: Windsor
Ontario, Canada
The theme of this year’s conference, Strategic Partnerships for Effective Policing: Making the Right Connections for the Right Reasons, will focus on providing insightful and energetic presentations, distinctive and accomplished speakers, and informative plenary sessions.  Presenters with varying backgrounds and areas of expertise will await the delegates of this year’s conference.
The International Symposium on Digital Earth 7
Date: August 23 – 25, 2011
Place: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Perth , Australia
The ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation, principally for promotion of academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration. The purpose of the society is to promote international cooperation on the Digital Earth vision, and enable the Digital Earth technology to play key roles inter alia, in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of human being’s living standard.
7th International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE7) incorporating WALIS Forum 2011 and the State NRM Conference
Date: August 23 – 25, 2011
Place: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Perth, Australia
ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation, principally for promotion of academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration. The purpose of the society is to promote international cooperation on the Digital Earth vision, and enable the Digital Earth technology to play key roles inter alia, in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of human being’s living standard. 

2011 Geogathering Conference
Date: August 31 – September 1, 2011
Place: Broomfield, CO USA
The GeoGathering conference provides a solid venue for oil & gas gathering system and production line operators to share their experiences in applying GIS (Geospatial Information System) technology towards data collection, data maintenance and integrity management initiatives.  The goal of GeoGathering is to provide valuable insight into geospatial topics and the current challenges operators face.  Sessions focus on real-world experiences ranging from integrity management, regulatory requirements to data capture and GIS-based data analysis.  Conference attendees will have an opportunity to interact with others in the industry and participate in open forums. 


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Place: Birmingham University
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Mathematical Geosciences at the Crossroads of theory and practice
Date: September 5 – 9, 2011
Place: University of Salzburg
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Africa Geospatial Forum
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Place: Safari Park Hotel
Nairobi, Kenya
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Showcase Ontario 2011
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Date: September 7 – 10, 2011
Place: Phoenix
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Esri Health GIS Conference
Date: September 7 – 9, 2011
Place: Washington
The 2011 Esri Health GIS Conference is your opportunity to learn about cutting-edge GIS tools, network with peers across the health continuum, and gain perspective from industry leaders. This event is open to professionals in public health, hospitals and health systems, human services, and academic health and research.
IMTA (Americas) Conference & Member Showcase 2011
Date: September 11 – 13, 2011
Place: Rancho Las Palmas
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FOSS4G 2011
Date: September 12 – 16, 2011
Place: Denver
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URISA/NCTR 2011 GIS in Public Transportation Conference
Date: September 13 – 15, 2011
Place: St. Petersburg, FL USA
URISA and the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) cordially invites you to attend the 6th National GIS in Public Transportation Conference, held September 13-15, 2011, at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to learn cutting-edge GIS techniques, network with industry experts, and discover new technological advances in transit.
FDL 2011
Date: September 13 – 15, 2011
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RSPSoc Annual Conference
Date: September 13 – 15, 2011
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Wallisdown Road, United Kingdom
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Middle East Intelligence Summit
Date: September 13 – 15, 2011
Place: Doha, Qatar
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The Summit will provide an excellent opportunity to meet and network within the Middle Eastern and international geospatial community. Through keynote presentations, panels and case studies, the speakers at this event will share their insights about the use of geospatial intelligence in the region and beyond.

G-spatial EXPO Executive Committee
Date: September 14 – 16, 2011
Place: Pacifico Yokohama
Yokohama, Japan
First of all, we hasten to express our sympathy for people suffered by the East Japan great earthquake and pray for early revival. 

This is to inform you that G-spatial EXPO Executive Committee had decided to cancel the G-spatial EXPO Business Forum 2011 which was planned for the period between September 14 and 16, 2011 and instead hold G-spatial EXPO 2012 in Pacifico Yokohama from June 21 to 23, 2012.

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Date: September 15 – 16, 2011
Place: Washington, DC USA
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