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


He gave a recent example of a logistical challenge in the city of Rome: STA is owned by the city of Rome and provides services that have to do with mobility planning of the city of Rome.

The funeral of His Holiness Pope John II attracted 2.5 million visitors to Rome, doubling the population of the city. The length of the line at the Basilica was five kilometers long. All traffic and flights over the city were blocked and there was no navigation allowed on the river. There were 65,000 phone calls to city hall, and Rome and STA had a control system ready to go.

Dr. Matt Tate, Intergraph Geospatial Intelligence and Earth Imaging Solutions spoke on the fact that earth imaging solutions is here to help see the world clearly. This is a foundation that applies to all solutions--not just geo intelligence and earth imaging.

The areas that geo intelligence serves are military intelligence and security. Everything in that environment has changed in the last two years. The most visible change is the enemy - once this was geopolitical and wore uniforms. “Now our strategy is different,” said Dr. Tate. “We need to take the civilian community and coordinate that with the military community and the hinge pin is the coordination between the two. Intergraph operates spatially to bring them together.”

Areas where technology has changed:
- Speed --cycle much shorter
- Flexibility - taking systems and matching them together. Connecting different kinds of data from civilians and military and metadata to see better
- Usability - we cannot expect to have an operator in the intelligence community to be a GIS expert and be able to know how to use these technologies. They must be easy to use.
Dr. David Holmes, Director of Worldwide Product Strategy, gave a product and technology update. He stated that Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) is where services come together to provide what you need to accomplish to achieve the new technology vision: seamless geospatial computing. This will be accomplished using direct access with Oracle databases and web services for connecting services together.

Moving to services oriented architecture is where the world is moving to, according to Holmes. There are existing IT platforms to provide this. Oracle provides this with its application server. IBM provides WebSphere. “Services are going to be defined in a loosely coupled interoperable way,” said Holmes. Communication will be done via web services. GeoMedia WebMap Web Services are positioned squarely in the middle of this.

GeoMedia 6.0 is one of the largest releases of the product and much easier to deploy across an enterprise. Some of its features include:
- Added CAD-like capabilities
- Geospatial metadata catalog search and query makes it easy to discover and retrieve geospatial data.
- Publish web sites or web services without programming.
- Provide advanced integration and validation workflows (a new product built on top of GeoMedia called ImageScout - conflation process)
- Significantly improved linear reference systems for Transportation
- GeoMedia Grid product improved grid analysis for continuous surface modeling.
G/Technology 9.3 represents great strides forward in interoperability between G/Technology and GeoMedia. The G/Tech Data Server allows you to serve information up into GeoMedia.
- Extended CAD integration improves productivity and usability for desktop and mobile users.
- Improvements to mobile workflows increase productivity
- New distance based tracing enables further analysis
TerraShare 2.1:
- Integrated with Geomedia WebMap
- Also TerraShare will support Oracle's new Georaster
ImageStation 4.5 will be released this summer and will feature
- Stereo feature collection with in Geomedia
- New photogrammetric production environment
Intelliwhere 5.2 will monitor and manage your mobile resources.

InService 7.9 release will allow
- Switch planning enhancements enable productive and safe network operations.
- I/Mobile tc portal job distribution performance improvement.


Acquisitions/Alliances/Agreements

Laser-Scan announced partnership arrangements with MecSpatial and Espatial Resources Sdn Bhd. Effective from January 27th 2005, MecSpatial was appointed as Laser-Scan's exclusive distributor for its products in Malaysia. Laser-Scan is soon to announce a partnership on data in Malaysia with Espatial. Due to customer feedback and market demand, the companies have joined forces to support Ordnance Survey Great Britain's (OS) national Positional Accuracy Improvement (PAI) program; the combined offering will help customers benefit from the improvement in accuracy offered by OS MasterMap®.

Geosoft Incorporated, a provider of geospatial mapping software, announced the continuation of a Cooperative Agreement between Geosoft and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Huntsville Center. Now in its fifth year, this technology development partnership will build on Geosoft's industry standard Oasis montaj mapping software, used in Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) detection, to deliver enhanced efficiency and accuracy in UXO investigations.

DigitalGlobe, provider of high-resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, announced that Marathon Oil Company has joined DigitalGlobe's Enterprise Partner Program, a mechanism that streamlines access to geospatial products, and provides quick and easy data viewing and ordering in a desktop environment.

Mobitrac Inc., supplier of a new generation of transportation execution systems, said it has received $8.3 million in funding from U.S. Venture Partners, Frazier Technology Ventures, Arch Development Partners, Illinois Ventures, Illinois Finance Authority and Mentor Management to support rapid company growth, an expanding customer base and an aggressive product roadmap.



Announcements

Intergraph Corporation, global provider of Spatial Information Management (SIM) software, announced that, consistent with its Strategic Plan, the Company is realigning its organizational structure and streamlining its global operations from four to two divisions - Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and the newly formed Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph's SG&I division will consist of core operations that previously existed in Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions, Intergraph Solutions Group and Intergraph Public Safety. The organizational realignment is intended to: (1) improve the customer focus and responsiveness of the Company; (2) facilitate revenue growth by better leveraging the Company's full range of technology and services; (3) enhance the Company's development capabilities and ability to deliver innovative solutions to its target markets; and (4) reduce the overall cost structure of the Company . The Company expects the organizational realignment p process to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2006.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions also announced Cartographic Institute of Catalonia (ICC) has purchased the company's Z/I Imaging(R) DMC(R) (Digital Mapping Camera), the industry's only large-format digital aerial camera system.

A new live training seminar from ESRI Virtual Campus, Introduction to ArcSDE, is designed for users who want to explore the features and best practices of ArcSDE. Attendees will learn about the components included with ArcSDE and how they work as well as hints and ideas that help maintain performance. The seminar will take place May 19, 2005, at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. Pacific time.

MapInfo Corporation identified the top metros where tax refunds may be used to pay off outstanding credit. According to MapInfo's research, all of the top ten metropolitan areas with the highest propensity for personal lines of credit are all located west of the Mississippi River including Bend, Oregon, Boise, Idaho and Reno, Nevada.

The top ten metros, in order of their general credit card index, are:
1. Bend, Oregon
2. Boise, Idaho
3. Reno, Nevada
4. Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colorado

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