GIS Weekly Review June 20th, 2013

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Intermap’s Orion Platform announced
June 20, 2013  by Susan Smith

Intermap announced the launch of their Orion Platform Software-Driven Spatial Data Platform, at  the 12th Southeast Asian Survey Congress in Manila. The Orion Platform is designed to allow governmental entities to manage a country’s entire spatial data infrastructure program from one unified control point.

During 2013, Intermap has announced initial phase contracts involving Orion Platform installations in two countries, totaling approximately $16 million. Orion Platform has been in development for two years.

The cost and complexity of geospatial information and the infrastructure necessary to run it have been prohibitive for many countries. Orion Platform seeks to solve this problem to allowing customers to choose the products and services that they need based upon scope, budget and timeline. According to the press release, Intermap manages and delivers a multitude of fused geospatial datasets and their associated analytics in a simplified standard format.

Using the Human Senses to Fully Understand the Geospatial Sector
June 20, 2013  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

As we headed into HxGN Live 2013 two weeks ago, I was reminded of how many people don’t really understand what we do for a living.  To the layman, the geospatial sector can seem very complicated, and when you mention geospatial data processing, image compression or photogrammetry, people’s eyes tend to glaze over.

I believe there are better ways to communicate the power of geospatial solutions, and it comes down to thinking about our human senses and we use them on a day to day basis – something we all fully understand.

As humans, we continually take in information through all of our five senses. Our senses continually collect information about the change we experience. This sensory information is processed by our perception in ways that allow us to decide and act.  Our perception identifies, organizes and interprets the information our senses collect. For example, if you are crossing a road and your eyes sense that a truck is bearing down on you, your brain will process the information very quickly and tell you to act (i.e., jump back on the street curb).

By having the ability to process data through our senses, we are able to make smarter decisions that will keep us safer.   At Intergraph, along with the other Hexagon companies, this is precisely what we do:  help organizations see, process and act upon information for smarter decision-making.

Google Maps Engine API for developers
June 14, 2013  by Susan Smith

The Google Maps Engine API,<http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/#uds-search-results> was released this week, allowing developers to bring the power of Maps Engine into their own applications for the first time.

Maps Engine lets organizations use Google’s reliable cloud infrastructure to layer their data on top of a Google Map and share their custom-made Google Maps with employees, customers or the public-at-large. The API provides direct access to Maps Engine for reading and editing spatial data hosted in the cloud and now organizations can use the API to develop on any platform and build applications like store locators, crowdsourced maps or crisis-response maps.

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