May 02, 2005
Geospatial World 2005 Report - A Look at Seamless Computing in the Future
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Welcome to GISWeekly! Attendees from over 56 countries attended this year's Intergraph Geospatial World 2005 held in San Francisco, Calif. April 24-28. Halsey Wise, President and CEO of Intergraph Corporation, began his opening remarks by saying that it was too early to discuss the company's
financials which were to be announced on Thursday. He quoted Mark Twain, saying, “You can't rely on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.” Adding: “Some of the things that we imagined will soon be part of Intergraph's future.”
Preetha Pulusani, President of Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions (IMGS), spoke on “Enabling the Spatial Enterprise for the Future,” and in that context, of the company's vision of seamless computing. Read about it in this week's Industry News.


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Geospatial World 2005 Report - A Look at Seamless Computing in the Future


By Susan Smith


Halsey Wise, President and CEO of Intergraph Corporation.
Attendees from over 56 countries attended this year's Intergraph Geospatial World 2005 held in San Francisco, Calif. April 24-28.


Halsey Wise, President and CEO of Intergraph Corporation, began his opening remarks by saying that it was too early to discuss the company's
financials which were to be announced on Thursday. He quoted Mark Twain, saying, “You can't rely on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus.” Adding: “Some of the things that we imagined will soon be part of Intergraph's future.” A full
overview of his talk can be found in this week's AECWeekly.









Technology Vision - Seamless Computing


Preetha Pulusani, President of Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions (IMGS), spoke on “Enabling the Spatial Enterprise for the Future,” and in that context, of the company's vision of seamless computing.


Four elements comprise this vision:

1. seamless data access

2. seamless application access

3. legacy data

4. enterprise database, which contains both spatial and business data.


She spoke about seamless application access and how we use Outlook to access email or an Internet café outside the conference, yet don't think twice about it. We know it's coming from the same source.

This seamless computing can start small and grow from one department to the entire organization. As you scale you don't want to re-architect your whole system.
Seamless application integration using web services gives you a combination of all the following aspects - clients, data and functionality.


Intergraph's vision is for seamless geospatial computing. As we have data access fairly seamless and interoperability, we are not starting at ground zero, Pulusani said. Customers are no longer tied to an application because of the data format. There is a strong foundation to build on to reach that vision of seamless geospatial computing.




Spatial Solutions in Action


What is the open spatial enterprise? Being able to access data from different sources and having the best tool to complete that task, said Pulusani. She gave examples around the world of various customers that showcase open spatial enterprise.


Shanghai Telecom in China is one of largest telcoms in world. It serves 10 million customers in a fiercely competitive market that continues to grow. They invested in Geospatial Resource Management (GRM). The first thing they had to do was collect data, and sent 1,000 people out in the field for a year to collect data. Last year they were in phase two of application development, and now phase three was optimizing their network operations by using G/Technology with their existing communications solution. They have implemented parts of the solution to date.


The Italian National Railway, Italy, had spent 60 million lira developing a alpha numeric database, then couldn't get at that data. Intergraph has worked with them to get all that infrastructure and data information stored in an SAP database, and they have been able to reclaim and re-qualify those assets.


The fusion of data such as vector data, text data, terrain data is of significantly greater value than used independently, noted Pulusani.


The NGA is responsible for providing timely, accurate, relevant data for national security. They have outsourced much of their map production to Intergraph. ImageScout, a solution that is built on top of GeoMedia, was chosen to do their broad area searches. It integrates imagery and does image analysis. “NGA has a plan for really changing how their people in the field work, and they've had Image Analyst and Mapping Analyst. They are really trying to bridge that gap and make them one and the same,” Pulusani explained in a later interview. “So they needed some technology that brought these two together. ImageScout has a lot of the image analysis functionality that can be
used by geographic analysts.”


The Czech Office for Surveying Mapping Cadastre won an award for their new portal, created as a result of a request from the Czech government that data had to be available to any public sector agency for free and to the private sector for a price. Using standards based web services, they integrated with multiple vendor systems in order to be able to provide data for free. “What they are really promoting by selling data to the private sector is for partners, especially in Czech Republic. There are many companies there accomplished in both IT and geospatial,” according to Pulusani.


To achieve seamless geospatial computing, Pulusani ended by saying, “You need to have big vision and think open, maybe start smaller and build from where you are today.”




A Look at the New Products


GeoMedia 6.0 is said to be “the most significant release since 1.0 with more enterprise enablement functionality.”


G/Technology 9.3, to be released this summer, “surpasses FRAMME and related MicroStation technology. Combined with open architecture it is unique for utilities and other applications.”


Art Spencer, Executive Vice President, Government, Transportation, Utilities and Communications announced the 2005 awards for the 100 Percent Cutover Club and the 100 Percent Club. The 100 Percent Cutover Club honors customers who achieved completion of implementation and testing of systems and putting them into operations. Cobb County, Georgia, who won this award, is also a member of 100 Percent Club.


The 100 Percent Club winners must achieve a full conversion that is fully digitally captured. It obviously takes many years to archive 100 percent data conversion. Among the winners were the Electric Utility of Poland, who was first to implement FRAMME and G/Technology. Denmark's utility, a customer for more than 20 years, will deploy G/Technology this summer. Kinexis Utility in Germany converted 8,500 miles of electric line, and recently implemented a wireless outage management system.


Spencer talked of the three top three strategic priorities for his division:
- Lower costs 47%

- Increase customer satisfaction 46%

- Improve performance and processes 36%
These priorities drive decisions to implement technology. -- Economist Intelligence Unit Survey, 2005


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