Pitney Bowes MapInfo Responds to Natural Risk with Risk Data Suite Release


GW: What is the role of partners in the development of the Risk Data Suite?

RD: We have developed many products internally but also look to our partner channel for data such as real time weather and crime exposure. WSI, sister company to the Weather Channel, and Cap Index and their crime score information are among our partners. We are also exploring the market for vendors of flood information, which is critical to insurance.

All the products in the Risk Data Suite have been developed with in PB MapInfo product line so they work with all our products including desktop, web based but also our emerging online services. Much of this data will be available online for data consumption on an as needed basis as well as through our historic licensing and purchasing options.

Top News of the Week

Infoterra Ltd, a leader in the provision of geospatial products and services, has supplied the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) with core geospatial information, including climate change, carbon emission and waste recycling data, that features in Google’s innovative UK Carbon Footprint Project.

Research and Markets has announced the addition of "Achieving Business Success with GIS" to their offering.

"Achieving Business Success with GIS" explores the business environment of making GIS technology successful for professional organizations using it. Unlike many other publications in the field, this is not a book about the technology per-se, rather the use of the technology to enhance businesses and provides a business-focused rationale for using spatial technologies to address real business problems.

Adapx introduces Capturx built for ArcGIS Desktop, a fully integrated GIS software solution that digitally enables field mapping with a digital pen and standard paper. The Capturx software platform allows users to seamlessly upload field annotations from paper maps directly into ESRI's ArcGIS software without any manual data entry, making handwritten GIS information instantly available in a digital format and ready to share with colleagues. Field teams no longer have to complete the tedious task of transcription and since data is shared more frequently and at a faster pace, companies benefit from a more effective use of time and resources as well as a significant return on investment.

Acquisitions/Agreements/Alliances

Students at colleges and universities across the United States will have web access to high-resolution satellite imagery for use in educational and research projects thanks to a new partnership between SPOT Image Corp. and the AmericaViewSM, Inc. Consortium. SPOT has agreed to make SPOT satellite imagery available via the web to AmericaView academic institutions for education and research purposes at discounted rates.

Announcements

Praising China for wholeheartedly embracing geographic information system (GIS) technology, ESRI president Jack Dangermond told university students and professors in Beijing yesterday that they're helping turn GIS into one of the most important technologies of our time.

Dangermond traveled to China to help launch GIS educational laboratories at two top universities: Beijing University and Beijing Normal University. The labs will use cutting-edge technologies provided by ESRI's ArcGIS software that will help students learn how to use and apply GIS technology.

ESRI (UK) has signed a £1.7 million contract with leading electricity provider ScottishPower to provide an enterprise-wide Geographic Information System (GIS) based on ESRI’s ArcGIS 9.2 technology.

The new ESRI (UK) ‘Foundation GIS’ platform will enable over 2,000 staff across ScottishPower’s north and south regions and eventually third parties, such as local authorities, to access map-based asset information via the web. This will allow authorized users to logon and view pre-defined ‘layers of data’ at preset scales. As well as ensuring users will have access to the most current data, the shift from a paper-based to electronic system will also significantly reduce distribution costs.

Munsys celebrates 10 years of running on Oracle spatial technologies. For a decade now, the Munsys solution for utilities and local government has been using a central database with pre-defined Oracle spatial data models. Oracle has consistently provided a high performance data repository for the integrated family of Munsys applications.

Halcrow has turned to new laser mapping technology to create a 3D computer model as part of a GBP120 million (US$240 million)regeneration project in Coventry, UK. Developed by Nottingham-based 3D Laser Mapping, the StreetMapper mobile laser system was used, in conjunction with Halcrow Geomatics, to survey a Coventry roundabout and its surrounding area. By mapping the highway with precision from a moving vehicle, StreetMapper eliminated any disruption to normal traffic flows, improved the safety of the workforce and achieved significant project savings.

Due to a fantastic response to a free web demonstration of Geographic Calculator v7.0, Blue Marble Geographics has opted to add two additional free web demonstrations of Geographic Calculator v7.0. The added presentations will take place on Friday, February 1, and Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Space is limited, so sign up now here. Blue Marble’s coordinate conversion technology is used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations.

People

The GeoInformation Group, publishers of Cities Revealed aerial photography, have expanded its staff to include a new Client Account Manager and a Technical Contract Liaison. Both positions were created to meet new and existing client communication and management requirements.

James Wilson has joined the company as Client Account Manager from Cambridge City Council where, as GIS & Graphics Officer, he was responsible for managing and analyzing the authority’s geographic data and contributing to Conservation Area Appraisals, Green Belt studies, Area Action Plans, Open Space strategies and event mapping.

Andrea Trayner has joined The GeoInformation Group as Technical Contract Liaison. She is responsible for post-sales relationships and communications to clients who have commissioned a Cities Revealed survey or dataset.

Digital mapping and GIS software developer Cadcorp has announced two new appointments within its UK sales and support team.

Fergus Craig has been appointed as account manager for commercial business in the UK and Ireland. Fergus is a graduate of Kingston University and holds a B.Sc. honors degree in GIS with Business Management. He joins Cadcorp from Map Mechanics where he worked as a sales consultant.

Mike Larkin has been appointed as GIS technical specialist within Cadcorp’s pre-sales team. Mike studied GIS at the Manchester Metropolitan University and joins Cadcorp from Aligned Assets Limited.

Andrew Harrison, business development manager for The Schneider Corporation, was recently elected to the Indiana Geographic Information Council’s Board of Directors for a three year term which will run from January 2008 through December 2010.

WilsonMiller has appointed Project Manager Michael D. Coles, GISP, to the role of Lower Southwest Florida Regional Manager of GIS. WilsonMiller’s GIS Business Unit uses specialized hardware and software to develop applications and model, integrate, manage, analyze, and present spatial data to solve complex problems and support decision-making.

New Products

Digital mapping and GIS software developer Cadcorp has announced that its Cadcorp SIS – Spatial Information System product suite now includes a dedicated manager application for Ordnance Survey (OS) MasterMap Address Layer 2.

Delivered with Cadcorp SIS Map Modeller at no extra cost, the Cadcorp SIS OS MasterMap Address Layer 2 Manager is a standalone wizard-driven application that takes OS Address Layer 2 gzip and/or gml files and loads the Address Layer features into either an industry-standard database (spatial or non-spatial), or a Cadcorp data format. Support is provided for Oracle, PostGIS, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Access. The capability complements support already provided by Cadcorp for the OS MasterMap Topography and Integrated Transport Network™(ITN) Layers.


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