Geospatial Going Forward – 2011


ITT Corporation has completed the previously announced acquisition of the business operations of EchoStorm Worldwide. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. EchoStorm, founded in 2003, provides a suite of secure, net-centric commercial products that enables users to capture, manage, and disseminate full-motion video in near real time as well as address the common issues involved with system interoperability and bandwidth.

Optech Incorporated announced that it has acquired the operations and assets of Geospatial Systems, Inc. (GSI), a United States camera and imaging company.

NAVTEQ has extended its relationship with advanced planning and fleet optimization specialist, ORTEC. The contract between the two companies will run until 2013 and now includes additional content.

TomTom and ROUTE 66 announce a new global multi-year agreement. Under the agreement, TomTom is delivering highly accurate maps and enhanced content for ROUTE 66's products and services. ROUTE 66 is a provider of software development kits and applications to several of the world's top 5 mobile device manufacturers including Samsung.

ROUTE 66 is using TomTom maps, covering over 100 countries, and enhanced content such as 2D and 3D City Maps and Landmarks, Advanced City Models, Voice Maps and Urban Maps. This delivers a better turn- by- turn navigation experience for customers.

RapidEye announced that VIASAT GeoTechnologies has signed a distributor agreement with RapidEye to join its distributors team in Canada.

IDV Solutions announced a new partnership with Knowledge Cube, an IT consultancy based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Knowledge Cube provides Microsoft.Net solutions, web services, architecture and design of Web and system integration and project management solutions.

Announcements

CoreLogic released its October Home Price Index (HPI) which shows that home prices in the U.S. declined for the third month in a row. According to the CoreLogic HPI, national home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 3.93 percent in October 2010 compared to October 2009 and declined by 2.43 percent* in September 2010 compared to September 2009. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices declined by 1.5 percent in October 2010 compared to October 2009.

The State of Hawaii recently launched an interactive broadband mapping Web site based on Esri technology. Visitors to the site will be able to view broadband coverage throughout the state. The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) is continuing to collect and verify data related to availability, speed, and location of broadband services in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Broadband Map Web site will be an important resource for consumers in Hawaii, enabling them to identify and choose from the growing number of broadband services that are becoming available in the state.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is allowing researchers to create the most precise and complete map to date of the moon's complex, heavily cratered landscape.

The Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) works by propagating a single laser pulse through a Diffractive Optical Element that splits it into five beams. These beams then strike and are backscattered from the lunar surface. From the return pulse, the LOLA electronics determines the time of flight which, accounting for the speed of light, provides a precise measurement of the range from the spacecraft to the lunar surface. Range measurements, combined with accurate tracking of the spacecraft's location, are used to build a map revealing the contours of the lunar landscape. The five beams create a two-dimensional spot pattern that unambiguously reveals slopes. LOLA will also measure the spreading of the return pulse to get the surface roughness and the change in the transmitted compared to the return energy of the pulse to determine surface reflectance.

Digital Map Products (DMP) recently partnered with iFactor Consulting to offer the utility industry seamless access to nationwide parcel data through its Web Maps Connector product. As an authorized reseller of DMP's ParcelStream web service, iFactor makes it easy for GE Smallworld users to leverage parcel boundaries for improved efficiency and decisions in areas such as right of way management and transmission corridor planning.

Awards

The Sidwell Company has been selected for the MAPPS Geospatial Excellence Award in the GIS/IT category at the MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition for its work in Charlotte County, Florida. MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States.

SuperGeo Technologies, the leading global provider of complete GIS software and solutions, is honored to announce that it has won Geospatial Excellence Award by means of the application “Taipei City Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) Web”, structured on SuperWebGIS.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced its corporate web portal was honored with two 2010 Silver W³ Awards for outstanding creativity. Developed in partnership with A Brand New Way, the USGIF web portal was recognized in the charitable organizations/non-profit category and the association category.

People

Autotask Corporation announced that Mark Cattini has joined the company as chief executive officer to lead the expansion of the company's leading hosted global IT Business Management solutions. In addition, Bob Godgart has been named chairman and chief visionary officer of the company.

BAE Systems has named Jordan Becker to lead its geospatial-intelligence and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (GEOINT-ISR) business, based in San Diego. GEOINT-ISR develops and supports software systems for geospatial analysis, mission planning, precision targeting and command and control for the defense and intelligence community.

New Products

LizardTech, a division of Celartem Inc., announced the release of the 8.0 version of the MrSID Decode SDK (DSDK) to complement the recent release of LizardTech GeoExpress 8. This SDK gives developers tools to support viewing files in the MrSID Generation 4 ( MG4) format, unveiled with the recent launch of GeoExpress 8, which adds support for multispectral data, alpha channels and improved mosaicking.

Software Technologies and SpatialTEQ released a new version of Map Business Online service. This release is focused on improving user interface and user experience, better performance.

Sales and marketing professionals are using Map Business Online to create customers, sales, dealers, and other business maps. Maps add new spatial dimension to market and business analysis.

ClearStay.com, a subsidiary of HomeAway, announced the release of the first vacation rental search application on Microsoft's Bing Maps.
Topcon Positioning Systems' (TPS) TopSURV 8, the newest version of the TopSURV field controller software series, has enhancements to increase productivity on a variety of survey jobs.



Topcon's TopSURV 8, the newest version of the popular TopSURV field controller software series, has enhancements to increase productivity on a variety of survey jobs. (Photo: Business Wire)

The new software provides significant new functionality on cross-section staking on roads, import and export of road strings, graphical user interface, multiple new map views, file import/export, in-field status reporting and much more.

Around the Web

GISCafe Today Blog

Someday, Store Coupons May Tap You on the Shoulder December 27, 2010, The New York Times

Technology can help improve economy, Clark Davis, December 16, 2010, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Eric Patten Takes Helm of Esri Defense and Intelligence Marketing December 15, 2010, PRNewswire

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