In the automotive industry, Intermap is working on fuel efficiency in the U.S., and CO2 emission reduction in Europe. By increasing fuel performance using geospatial data in a vehicle tracking the road ahead, battery power in hybrid cars can be controlled and thereby lower the amount of fuel needed. In that industry, Thomas said it’s tough to make announcements because they are very concerned about letting the competition know what they’re doing.
The insurance industry, on the other hand, moves slowly and are risk adverse. In Europe that industry is moving more quickly right now. An example is in Great Britain where the use of good elevation data in managing portfolios has been found to be useful. Intermap also rolled out a business-to-vendor-consumer application to the Czech Republic through their National Insurance Association which allows consumers to go and see for themselves what their risk is on an individual rooftop basis. “You start empowering the consumer to actually know what’s going on with their properties rather than just empowering the insurance companies,” explained Thomas.
Thomas talks about providing data that is “fit for purpose,” meaning Intermap data isn’t designed for everything. Thomas said there is definitely a need for the very accurate data of the LIDAR industry, “but you’ve got to ask yourself the question, ‘what am I trying to get done?’” Where NEXTMap databases are useful, he said, are on projects such as this example: if you want to build a wind farm in Wyoming and want to premodel wind tracks because the terrain has an impact. Needs for this type of project include building roads and connecting to the grid. A broad analysis is also necessary before sending people out in the field. Thomas concluded: “You don’t need ten centimeter vertical accuracy -- our data is perfect for that type of application. This whole concept of ‘fit for purpose’ is something we deal with all the time.”
Top News of the Week
ITT Visual Information Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITT Corporation announced the release of the ENVI Orthorectification Module, a new, add-on module to ENVI, a leading software solution for processing and analyzing geospatial imagery. The new ENVI Orthorectification Module combines the advanced, rigorous model from renowned orthorectification experts, Spacemetric, with an ENVI-based automated workflow approach that steps users through the orthorectification process to geometrically correct an image to remove distortions that occur during image capture.
The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced that the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has become a Principal Member of the OGC.
Principal Members evaluate and provide guidance on market direction and Consortium focus, and have authority over the development, release and adoption of OpenGIS Specifications through their voting rights in the OGC Planning Committee (PC). Principal Members also have approval authority for OGC policies and procedures.
Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances
Tele Atlas, a global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions, has joined ESRI's Small Municipal and County Government Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) program to provide local governments with enterprise-wide licenses for ESRI’s ArcGIS software and Tele Atlas’ comprehensive street data to power essential GIS deployments. The ESRI Small Municipal and County Government Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) program will help local governments better serve their citizens with functionality to perform emergency response and preparedness, permitting and inspection, incident/crime analysis, hazardous materials inventory, planning and many other vital government functions and services.
China TransInfo Technology Corp., a provider of public transportation information systems technology and comprehensive solutions in the People's Republic of China ("PRC"), announced that the Company has signed a contract with the Beijing Transportation Information Center.
According to the terms of the contract, valued at about RMB 12.2 million, or approximately U.S. $1.78 million, China TransInfo will construct the Beijing Transportation Information Center's Transportation Industry Data Center System Database.
Intergraph Corp., global provider of engineering and geospatial software, has renewed its partnership agreement with Rolta India Limited to market and support Intergraph software in India.
Intergraph will continue its successful 23-year long relationship with Rolta, enabling this Indian multinational organization to exclusively offer and support Intergraph's enterprise engineering and product lifecycle management (PLM) software for the process, power, marine and offshore industries. Intergraph has been ranked the No. 1 overall worldwide leader in the engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) market according to the ARC Advisory Group's PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013.
KOREM announced the acquisition of Primus Geographics Inc. (Primus), an U.S. company specializing in location-based software, data and services. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company commercializes their products and services throughout the United States.
Intergraph and SightLogix, maker of outdoor intelligent video surveillance systems, have seamlessly integrated SightLogix' GPS-based video analytic sensors with Intergraph's scalable decision-support system for comprehensive detection, assessment, and response to security incidents.
Geosemble Technologies, Inc., a developer of geospatial technology, announced a strategic investment, technology development program, and licensing agreement with In-Q-Tel, the independent strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the mission of the CIA and the broader U.S. Intelligence Community. Through this strategic partnership, Geosemble will expand the development of its patented geospatial data integration and layering technology for both the government and commercial markets.
Adapx announced record customer growth and the closing of $9 million in Series B financing. UV Partners led the new round which also included existing investors OVP Venture Partners (Kirkland, WA) and Paladin Capital Group (Washington, DC). The unique combination of enterprise and federal-related investors reflects strong uptake of Capturx software products in automating paper-based processes in both businesses and government agencies using digital pens. More than 500 organizations are using Capturx today -- ranging from large enterprises such as Holland America Line and EMCOR to agencies such as NASA and the Port of Seattle.
3D Laser Mapping has been selected to supply its StreetMapper technology as part of a futuristic project to advance mobile mapping. StratAG, based at the University of Ireland, brings together researchers from across Ireland and is focused around the generic theme of Geospatial Monitoring and Early Warning.
For the first time, Autodesk is making AutoCAD 2010 software, its flagship product for 2D and 3D design and documentation, available for free* to members of its global Student Engineering and Design Community. The Student Community is an online resource that offers numerous benefits to students and educators, including free design software, self-paced training, innovative curricula, global social networking, job listings and more.
ILURISA announced the participation of two important keynote speakers at it’s GIS in Public Health Conference taking place in Providence, Rhode Island this June 5-8, 2009.
Corrie Brown, DVM, PhD, coordinator of International Veterinary Medicine for the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia, will provide the opening keynote address on Saturday, June 6 on the topic of: Emerging Zoonotic Diseases and the Need for Global Surveillance.
On Monday, June 8, Leslie Lenert, MD, MS, FACMI, director of the National Center for Public Health Informatics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will deliver the closing keynote address: A Framework for Geospatial Web Services for Public Health.
National GIS firm James W. Sewall Company announced that GIS analyst and consultant John Storelli has joined the firm’s Elmira, New York, office to develop and support geospatial solutions for Sewall’s clients throughout the State. Sewall’s New York staff specializes in applying advanced GIS technologies to improve county and municipal services while reducing operating expenses.
Kass Green, Past President of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, will keynote ESRI's Remote Sensing and GIS 2009 to be held Sunday, July 12, in conjunction with the ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC) at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. The ESRI UC is the world's largest conference dedicated to geographic information system (GIS) technology.