The Importance of Accurate Geocoding

“With our latest release of MapInfo Professional last June there is direct connectivity to the MapMarker server version, so directly from within MapInfo Pro you can access and geocode and batch geocode and get your results right back in,” said Mykins.

“As we look at all the vertical markets we serve, geocoding is a fundamental part of what everybody does,” Mykins concluded. “It's where they start to do their visualizations and analysis, and we've seen indications along those verticals that show increased accuracy is critical to them. The closer we are to the real world location, the closer they are to giving a customer the right answer.”

Top News of the Week

Conservatives sounded the alarm at new powers to be given to the European Union to seize control and 'harmonize' all geographical information held by nation-states, including maps. An investigation has also found that the EU, assisted by John Prescott, is rolling out new 'transnational' regions that cross national boundaries to help create a "United Europe". See press release

Smart Data Strategies announced that the Jefferson County PVA and LOJIC have successfully implemented DREAMaps Mapper and Transaction Manager integrated with their existing CAMA system.

The Louisville/Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC) represents a multi-agency effort to build and maintain a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) to serve all of Louisville Metro, Jefferson County, Kentucky. With nearly 300,000 parcels in the county, everyday maintenance can be a daunting task. To increase efficiency by reducing duplicate data entry, LOJIC and The Jefferson County PVA contracted with Smart Data Strategies to integrate parcel editing functions with their existing CAMA system.

'Mobile Earth', a unique, new mapping and information service has been launched for Vodafone Germany's mobile subscribers. The service, available on Java-enabled devices, has been created by LocatioNet Systems Ltd., the leading provider of mobile mapping and location applications, and is using content from TeleAtlas, a leading digital mapping company.

The Mobile Earth service enables mobile users to view any address in Germany over full color maps or high resolution aerial photos, calculate the best routes between addresses and view the results on a map, in addition to searching and viewing over four hundred thousand points of interest in Germany.


James W. Sewall Company announced its acquisition of the Forest Technology Group (FTG) from MeadWestvaco Corporation.

FTG was founded in 1999 to develop web-based information systems and services for the forestry and natural resources industry. Its core technology product, the web-enabled Forest Resource Information System Enterprise™ (webFRIS Enterprise™), is built upon an advanced industry-standard architecture that provides state-of-the-art delivery of integrated tabular and spatial data via the web. Currently utilized by large forest landowners for enterprise resource management, this platform is expandable to a diverse range of industry and government applications.

Intermap Technologies, Inc., a geospatial company, has entered an agreement with CyberCity 3D LLC to use Intermap's highly accurate elevation models in conjunction with ViewTec's state-of-the-art TerrainView(TM) software to create precision 3-D visualization models of five California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, and Ventura. The resulting models, named "3D Terrains," will be available in the coming weeks.

PCI Geomatics, a developer of image-centric software and solutions for the geospatial industry, is pleased to announce the signing of a technology partnership with UltraSpectral Inc. PCI is working with UltraSpectral to develop its advanced SpectralObjeX™ image analysis software. SpectralObjeX™ brings new object-oriented processing capabilities to multispectral and hyperspectral analysts by integrating Spectral Geographic Information System (SGIS) technology with the proven components of PCI's Geomatica X platform.


With sensors of all types becoming part of the world's information infrastructure, the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. ® (OGC) announced that its membership has approved four standards that will allow sensors to better interoperate with the Web and other information technology assets.

Common sensors found everyday include imaging cameras traveling on aircraft, "sniffers" that determine pollutions concentration in the air, "listeners" that keep track of noise and temperature sensors that ensure that produce traveling in trucks remains fresh. The OGC has been working for several years to find ways in which these and other sensors can publish information about their existence, report their locations and share their information in a standard way. The vision is to build a Sensor Web, a network of sensors accessible over the Internet to serve scientists and others as they try to better understand our world.

ESRI announces that the 13th annual South Asia regional conference for users of ESRI's geographic information system (GIS) software will be hosted by ESRI South Asia. The conference will be held September 6-8, 2006, at the Sheraton Subang Hotel & Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For more information about the conference and registration, visit the conference website.

Optimal Geomatics Inc., (“Optimal”), a geomatics solutions provider to engineering and geospatial professionals, announced the recent expansion of its linear corridor solutions to the Transportation market. Accordingly, Optimal appointed Ron Gant as Director of Transportation to strengthen the drive to become the premier provider of surveying, mapping, remote sensing, GIS, and GPS solutions in the Transportation sector.


Dr. R. Siva Kumar and Ben Eazzetta have been elected to the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) Board of Directors.

Dr. Siva Kumar heads the Natural Resources Data Management Systems (NRDMS) and the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Division of the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India. He holds the rank of Brigadier in the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army and was Member Secretary of the Government's Task Force for planning implementation of the NSDI in India. Active in OGC affairs for several years, he has played a leading role in creating awareness of OGC in the Indian government.

Mr. Ben Eazzetta is President of the Security, Government & Infrastructure Division of the Intergraph Corporation. Since coming to Intergraph from ExxonMobil six years ago, and before assuming his present duties, Mr. Eazzetta held the position of COO in Intergraph's Process, Power & Offshore Division and was then President of Intergraph's Public Safety Division.

Tele Atlas, a global geographic content provider, announced the appointment of David Sym-Smith as Chief Marketing Officer. Sym-Smyth will be a member of the company's executive team and will oversee all aspects of global marketing, product management and communications. He will report to President and Chief Operating Officer George Fink.

Cristina Robinson Marras has been appointed the General Manager of ER Mapper UK. Ms Robinson Marras has twelve years of industry experience, seven of those with ER Mapper. Whilst at ER Mapper she has held a broad range of positions from Technical Support Manager to Account Manager for Exploration. Ms Robinson Marras' holds two separate Masters Degrees in Mineral Exploration and Environmental Remote Sensing.

Students at Kealakehe High School in Hawaii will be hitting the beaches this year with GPS-Photo Link software from GeoSpatial Experts of Thornton, Colo., to study the extent and possible causes of shoreline erosion. The study is funded through a Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant sponsored by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

New Products

ORBIT Geospatial Technologies announced the availability of Orbit FlashMap for 64bit processors. Orbit Geospatial Technologies presents Orbit FlashMap 4.2 for 64-bit web mapping. Available for all popular platforms, all Orbit FlashMap products now support 64-bit Linux/Unix based processors.

The all-new total station series from Topcon offers a solution for demanding tasks on the job site. Designed as complete robotic systems, the GTS-900A and GPT-9000A series include Topcon's new FC-200 field controller and RC-3 tracking system.

The GPT-9000A robotic total station provides precise reflectorless measurement up to 2,000 meters - more than 6,500 feet (1 1/4 miles) - and can easily focus on small objects like power lines. The onboard computer, with a bright, full-color touch-screen display, and faster servo motor technology improve field productivity.


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