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MapPoint for location intelligence discontinued

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Microsoft’s flagship mapping product, MapPoint, will be discontinued, along with AutoRoute, Streets & Trips December 31, 2014. Online support will be available for the latter product through July 14, 2015. The MapPoint product offered offline routing and basic business analytics. There were problems with its delivery, it appears, as it was on a two-year upgrade cycle rather than the more frequent updates offered by competing software packages.

There has not been much press or an official announcement from Microsoft, only mentioned on the official Microsoft landing pages for MapPoint and Streets & Trips (via Neowin). Microsoft has decided to discontinue Microsoft AutoRoute, Microsoft Streets & Trips and Microsoft MapPoint.

In 1988 Mark Atherton and Ian Mercer started building what would one day become the very popular Microsoft mapping software products. Together with Simon Anthony, Michael Biscoe-Taylor, and George Roussopolos the team, which started NextBase Limited, was self-funded and supplemented their efforts with outside jobs while they spent seven months coding what was to become the first version of AutoRoute.

Microsoft MapPoint allows users to view, edit, and integrate maps by facilitating the geographical visualization and analysis of either included data or custom data. The initial release came in the form of MapPoint 2000, which has been improved and enhanced approximately every two years.

Here’s what users of MapPoint are told to do after the product is no longer with us:

  • Need data visualization and analysis? PowerBI for Excel and Sharepoint.
  • Are you a developer? Bing Maps API and SDKs including AJAX V7 Control, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) Control for desktop, REST Services, and Spatial Data Services.
  • Just need maps and directions? Use Bing Maps.

Caliper’s Maptitude is a location-intelligence offering that covers all the areas that MapPoint covered, with a full featured mapping application. It is a desktop mapping software (US$695) that does not incur monthly or annual fees for cloud services as it is a one-time software purchase. There are frequent software releases.

Maptitude employs new data for new location-based analytics. It has the latest features and demographics, including the annual updates to nationwide counts from the U.S. Census and American Community Survey (ACS).

According to Steve Hendel, director of Market Planning for Office Depot, “I believe that Caliper’s Maptitude continues to provide more GIS-related features and more flexibility in defining and presenting data and map layers than MapPoint does.”

With the discontinuation of MapPoint in the US, MapPoint Europe and AutoRoute are also coming to an end. There are now 20 Country Packages available for Maptitude,

CoreLogic releases 2014 Hurricane Storm Surge Risk Analysis

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Dr. Tom Jeffrey, senior hazard scientist for CoreLogic Spatial Solutions, spoke with GISCafe Voice about CoreLogic’s release yesterday of its 2014 storm surge analysis that features estimates on both the number and reconstruction value of single-family homes exposed to hurricane-driven storm surge risk within the United States.

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New partnership between Esri and UNISDR promises to build more resilient cities

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Esri and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have entered into a partnership to build more resilient communities with geospatial technology.

Announced at the Abu Dhabi Ascent conference on Sunday, May 4, the goal if for the two organizations to develop a cooperative program aimed at growing the global community of resilient cities through GIS science and capabilities. This is modeled after the support that Esri is giving to President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative and resilience in the U.S. The partnership with UNISDR will provide support, service and capabialities on a global scale for UNISDR’s existing Making Cities Resilient campaign by providing resources aimed at helping communities advance from planning to implementation.

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FME 2014 release offers more speed, graphics and formats

Friday, January 24th, 2014

In a discussion with Dale Lutz of Safe Software he talked about the latest version of FME, FME 2014.

“For every user we try hard to make the whole experience of using the product more effective and smooth, and that comes down to making use of streamed real estate,” said Lutz.

This has involved changing the interface out to new technology that is faster, with a nicer graphical look, and FME now works on the Mac as well as Linux.

“A lot of web developers work on Macs, and many want to work with spatial data, and in Europe especially there is a lot of interest in Linux, and they are happy to be able to use it directly. This isn’t a big commercial opportunity but many university people are Mac or Linux.”

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Smartphones will have location-based sensor fusion as standard

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Location-based sensor fusion will become a standard feature in as smartphones embrace constant, ubiquitous location, according to ABI Research’s report, “Location-based Sensor Fusion: Companies, Technologies, and Revenue Opportunities”. The report outlines how sensor fusion will evolve to support indoor location and the companies best placed to succeed in this space. Location-based sensor fusion will pave the way for the use of the “quantified self, ambient intelligence,” as well as provide huge potential around advertising and retail.

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Updated demographics in the latest version of Maptitude

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Maptitude’s Stewart Berry spoke recently with GISCafe Voice regarding their latest Maptitude intelligent geographic information system release.

 

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Esri DevSummit 2012 “10 killer apps”

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

In a session entitled “10 killer apps,” at Esri DevSummit 2012 last week in Palm Springs, CA, Mansour Raad @mraad and Sajit Thomas @spatialAgent show 10 new beta apps developed using Esri technology. The demo in this video shows a UAV shark driven by a Flex Mapping app, the shark is filled with helium and being “flown” around the room powered by a cool Flex mapping app.

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Iranian nuclear facility revealed by GeoEye satellite imagery

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

It is a little frightening to be able to identify by satellite imagery a hidden nuclear facility in Iran.  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the facility was for “uranium enrichment” and was 18 months away from being operational. Satellite imagery company GeoEye has released a photo of what it says is this controversial and underground Iranian uranium enrichment site that was identified a week ago.

The overall view of the Iranian site. The mountain under which the site is built is to the lower right of the image. (Credit: GeoEye satellite image/IHS Jane's analysis)

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Crime mapping with PBBI’s MapInfo Crime Profiler

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Ian Broadbent, Principal Product Manager Global Public Safety Solutions at Pitney Bowes Business Insight, spoke to GISVoice recently about PBBI’s MapInfo Crime Profiler designed to address various types of crimes and to approach crime-fighting for major metropolitan police forces with an intelligent solution.

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Clapper’s nomination meets with opposition

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

James R. Clapper Jr., former Under U.S. Secretary of Defense (intelligence) and former head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, is in the news as his nomination to become Obama administration’s new intelligence director has met with opposition from Sen. John McCain.

 

Clapper, who has had 47 years of service in the area of intelligence, has spoken at various geospatial and GIS conferences, among them GEOINT.

He was nominated by President Barrack Obama on June 5, 2010 to serve as the United States Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

AP source: Intelligence nominee has smooth session Las Vegas Sun

McCain Holding Up on Intel Nominee New York Times blog

McCain blocking spy-chief nominee Philadelphia Inquirer

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