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GeoEye Enters Predictive Analysis and GeoIntelligence Market
by Susan Smith
GeoEye enters the growth market of predictive analysis and geointelligence solutions with the announcement of its investment in SPADAC, the provider of innovative geointelligence and predictive analysis solutions for government and industry. As part of the agreement, each company may use the other's capabilities, as well as collaborate in research and development efforts.
According to Mark Brender, vice president of marketing at GeoEye, everyone has mastered imagery in GIS, the next level is using these tools in order to make predictions. Knowing where all the IEDs have exploded in Baghdad is great looking through your rear view mirror, but what is important to know next is the most likely locations of the next IED. “If you are a police chief in Washington DC and know where all the homicides have taken place, using sophisticated software, one may be able to help predict where the next ones will take place. So this technology gives a rocket boost to geospatial technologies. For GeoEye this gives us an opportunity to learn more about predictive analytics so we can offer our customers more robust tools.”
The combination of predictive analysis tools with satellite imagery has interesting possibilities, according to Brender. The imagery married with thousands of data points can help one draw geospatial conclusions about the possibility of an event occurring at a particular location. “If our customers are working with oil companies, we could offer the services of SPADAC to help them look at where the probability of finding oil or gas is more likely at one location or another. SPADAC is an important arrow in the quiver of tools that we can offer our resellers and customers to help them provide better services.”
As mentioned in the press release, SPADAC delivers geointelligence and predictive analysis solutions, including applied research and development, to customers primarily in defense, intelligence and homeland security agencies. SPADAC has a proven track record of performing research contracts for the U.S. Government and deploying multi-disciplinary geointelligence teams to support critical operational assignments. Mark Dumas, chairman and chief executive officer of SPADAC, said that what this deal means for their company a) they’ll be able to market and resell SPADAC’s geointelligence solutions to their customers base, which is quite broad, and includes domestic and international clients, foreign governments and foreign military. In turn, SPADAC provides value added capabilities for them.
b) The second place SPADAC will be able to focus energy is in collaborative research and development. “Our company is smaller and newer on the scene, so we’re constantly thinking outside the box,” Dumas pointed out. “This strategic investment provides a means by which we’ll be able to go after collaborative research and development. By bringing SPADAC in – we can be ears on the ground as to what’s emerging in the marketplace. Traditionally, we’re the ones providing information to the customers. GeoEye is at the other end of the spectrum, they provide the data and GeoEye doesn’t always know what they’re doing with it. SPADAC can be positioned to know what they’re doing with it and value add it as they deliver, not just their information but our stuff on top of it. We thought it was a great fit.”
All SPADAC’s revenue is built around a services business, and they have been in business since 2002. They employ over 100 people. The company also received venture capital funding this year.
“Part of that funding, as well as the goal of the GeoEye relationship, is to expand our solutions into the commercial market,” said Dumas. “Our core customer base has been military and so we can actually continue to provide added value to our customers.”
SPADAC subject matter experts leverage unique methodologies and technologies, such as the SPADAC geospatial fusion engine, to solve discrete customer problems such as force protection, resource optimization, site selection, critical infrastructure protection, risk mitigation and competitive analysis.
While this partnership adds to GeoEye’s suite of offerings for commercial and government customers, partnering with GeoEye gives SPADAC the opportunity to collaboratively work with some of the biggest names in geospatial solutions, and offer Fortune 500 and international clients end-to-end value propositions.
Earlier this year, GeoEye acquired M.J. Harden, adding their aerial imagery expertise to the company’s suite of value-added offerings.
Top News of the Week
By now, most faithful attendees to the annual ESRI User Conference know where to find the various pre-conference offerings on the ESRI website. Here is just a sampling of what those are:
Answers to the Preconference Survey is great preparation for the conference, giving you an idea of what to expect in terms of topics and answers questions you might not hear answers to in the plenary session on Monday. Discussion this year will revolve around the ArcGIS 9.3 release, as well as ArcGIS 9.3 Desktop.
There are various interviews posted on the website, featuring ESRI speakers who will speak at the conference on topics such as “What is Enterprise GIS?” “High Anxiety: The Evolution and Future Role of GIS in Digital Mapping,” “Getting the Most of the 2007 ESRI User Conference,” and “Thinking about GIS: Geographic Information System Planning for Managers.”
Clint Brown includes in his 10 most cool things about ESRI UC Jack Dangermond’s keynote address. It is always a visionary message, taking the listener beyond the daily work environment to a place in the future where possibility reigns. Brown suggested that attendees write down some of Jack’s ideas and visions, store them in an envelope, and pull out the envelope five years later.
Learning from users is another of Brown’s top 10, and with over 12,000 users in the convention center all week, there is ample opportunity to learn, as well as to catch up with old friends and acquaintances.
Other top tens are Monday afternoon keynotes, Monday evening Map Gallery, vendor exhibits, a chance to talk with ESRI technical staff, San Diego and Friday’s closing session, which includes a Q&A session with Dangermond, Brown and others.
Hart InterCivic Inc., a leading national provider of technology-based products and solutions to state and local governments, announced its acquisition of Farragut Systems, a GIS software and services company for local governments.
Intermap Technologies, Corp. and Map Your World announced a partnership where Map Your World, a regional distributor of online geospatial products and services for the southwest and southeast United States, has agreed to distribute Intermap's precise 3D digital elevation models and images.
Map Your World provides services ranging from single custom paper maps to digital maps and data, combined with training and support for using a GIS database. Map Your World's core client base includes landowners and GIS professionals in the oil and gas, pipeline, real estate, transportation, and public use markets.
DCSE announced the spin off of a new company called Spatial Wave(TM) to focus on development and marketing of spatially enabled software products. DCSE's initial entry into the software product business dates back to introduction of its MapLibrary(TM) product in 2003. The company grew the products division by introducing Mapplet(TM) in 2003 and Field Mapplet(TM) in 2005. Spatial Wave(TM) was formed to further focus efforts on enhancing the products, including services and solutions that have been built around them.
To provide recognition and support for the many geographic information system (GIS) awareness programs currently being conducted throughout the world, ESRI announces the availability of the new 2007 GIS Day Video Kiosk CD as well as a patch and pins honoring achievement.
The materials were created as part of the continuing effort to assist organizations in promoting the importance of GIS. Organizations can use the GIS Day Video Kiosk CD to promote GIS within their organization and the general public, and groups such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and 4-H Club can use the patch and pins as part of their GIS Day and other educational activities.
Digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer Cadcorp has become one of the first companies in the GIS industry to be awarded both ISO/IEC 27001:2005 and ISO 9001:2000 certification.
ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification relates to the management of information security within an organization. It was awarded to Cadcorp on 27 April, 2007 by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance and applies to the company’s management of its IT infrastructure and data in support of all company activities at its London and Stevenage offices.
Testifying on behalf of MAPPS before the House Financial Services Subcommittee, Dr. David Maune of Dewberry called for FEMA to collect accurate ground elevation data using the latest state-of-the-art commercial geospatial technologies. Maune made his comments in a hearing on “The Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007, H.R. 1682.”
Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that BE Conference 2007, which took place 29 April-3 May at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, and BE Conference Europe, being held this week in the Hilton London Metropole, attracted a combined total of more than 3000 attendees. Moreover, though attendee evaluations have yet to be tallied for BE Conference Europe, BE Conference 2007 maintained the 99 percent attendee satisfaction rating achieved at the 2004, 2005, and 2006 BE Conferences.
Working with marine research data in a geographic information system (GIS) will be easier thanks to a new geodatabase model published in Arc Marine: GIS for a Blue Planet, now available from ESRI Press.
The new book maps out a standardized marine data model, aptly named Arc Marine, for ESRI's ArcGIS software. Lead author Dawn Wright sees the template as integral to helping oceanographers, fisheries managers, and others in the marine GIS community better manage, analyze, and exchange project data.
Arc Marine: GIS for a Blue Planet (ISBN 978-1-58948-017-9, 216 pages, $47.95) is available at online retailers worldwide or can be purchased at ESRI Press or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States , contact your local ESRI distributor.
The new Laser Technology, Inc., (LTI) TruPulse(R) 360 overcomes situational and topographical barriers to allow convenient and safe professional measurement -- from any angle -- of virtually any man-made or natural feature in the world.
Based on LTI's successful TruPulse(R) 200 laser measuring device that hit the market in 2006, the TruPulse 360 combines an integrated compass, inclinometer and distance laser that delivers mapping-grade accuracy and the ability to shoot from any angle. The result is data collection that is easier, faster and measurably superior to any product offered to forestry, telecom, utility transmission and distribution and GIS professionals.
Edgetech America, Inc. has released a novel, spatially-smart spell checker for GIS users. MapSpeller for ArcGIS is for all ArcGIS Desktop users who want to avoid the embarrassment, delays and costs of typos on their maps. Before printing, MapSpeller quickly checks for, suggests corrections to, and corrects spelling errors in and around GIS maps using patent-pending processes. Simple to install and easy to use, MapSpeller is an ingenious and effective tool that will quickly pay for itself by saving users the expensive labor and material costs of reprinting maps.
LizardTech, a division of Celartem, Inc., and a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing digital content, announced the launch of a new demonstration website to showcase the speed and interoperability of Express Server.
The site is designed to accommodate the needs of users facing a vast array of challenges when distributing imagery. Whether it’s someone needing to use high resolution imagery in the field for decision support, view imagery in many different applications or distribute large image datasets to their end users, the Express Server demonstration site illustrates how users’ workflows can become easier and more productive.
TC Technology announces the release of the next version of GO! Sync Mobile GIS. Version 9.2 is now generally available and shipping.
Showcasing this month at the 2007 ESRI International User Conference, GO! Sync bridges the gap between paper maps and traditional GIS systems providing an easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy, and easy-to-upgrade map viewing application with sketching and inspection capabilities. GO! Sync is used across the nation by government, utilities, and municipalities.
Laurel Hill GIS, Inc. announces GeoData ConnectCheck. GeoData ConnectCheck is an off-the-shelf logical connectivity testing product for ArcGIS personal, file-based and enterprise geodatabases. GeoData ConnectCheck allows users to generate logical connectivity tests based on geometric network connectivity rules, as well as create user defined connectivity tests.
GeoData ConnectCheck extends network validation beyond basic subtype level testing by allowing for user defined tests based on business rules. Now users can validate critical network attributes such as pipe diameters, gas main pressures, electric phasing, wire size and materials for logical inconsistencies.
LizardTech announced the release of Express Server 6 for distribution of massive geospatial image datasets via the Internet. Express Server 6 advances GIS interoperability with new features such as Oracle integration, geography markup language (GML) metadata for JPEG 2000 (JP2) and updated and newly added sample Web applications.
Around the Web
Do-gooders doing Google Earth, CNET News.com, by Stefanie Olsen, June 7, 2007
|Date:||June 16 - 17, 2007|
|Place:||San Diego, CA USA|
|ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit|
|Date:||June 16 - 19, 2007|
|Place:||San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA USA
|GIS users will gather at the 2007 ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit to connect, learn, and share June 16-19 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.|
|The 27th Annual ESRI International User Conference|
|Date:||June 18 - 22, 2007|
|Place:||San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA USA
|The ESRI UC is unlike any other event. It’s the largest conference in the world devoted to GIS. Users from more than 120 countries come to learn new skills, share information and discover best practices and tips and tricks that they can instantly use. Be a part of this exceptional event.|
|2007 AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE07)|
|Date:||June 24 - 28, 2007|
|Place:||Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|After celebrating 125 inspiring years of safe water at AWWA, we now look to the future — to what challenges and circumstances the next 125 years will bring. We invite you to be an integral part of the future of safe water by coming to ACE07 — AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition, the most comprehensive and diverse water conference in the world. Help shape the future of water by attending ACE07 in Toronto!|
|32nd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE)|
|Date:||June 25 - 29, 2007|
|Place:||International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE)
Costa Rica, San Jose, USA
|We are pleased to invite you to the 32nd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment. The overall theme is the use of Earth observation systems in monitoring, understanding, and managing the environment with particular emphasis on achieving sustainable development. The symposium will include oral and poster sessions on vital issues of interest to research and educational institutions, government agencies, commercial entities, as well as resource managers, decision-makers in public and private sectors and scientists involved in remote sensing research and applications.|
|Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg 2007|
|Date:||July 3 - 6, 2007|
Hellbrunner Strasse 34, Salzburg, 5020 Austria
|The Salzburg University Centre for Geoinformatics has been organizing an annual regional conference dedicated to Applied Geoinformatics (AGIT) for over fifteen years. After several successful English speaking pre- and post-conferences on various topics, we have decided to follow our international partner organisations' suggestions to offer an annual English symposium co-located with AGIT and sharing the state-of-the art AGIT-EXPO exhibit. We invite you to attend GI-Forum 2007.|
|Diving into GIS and Earth Observation Technologies|
|Date:||July 11 - 21, 2007|
|Place:||Santa Cesarea Terme
|The International Summer School DIGEO “Diving into GIS and Earth Observation Technologies” will take place during the 11th. - 21st. of July 2007 in the mediterranean locality of Santa Cesarea Terme in Italy. The main objective is to provide participants with the know-how needed to: - create and manage Geographic Information Systems (GIS), - integrate Remote Sensing - Satellite Image interpretation and GIS - collect underwater data while obtaining an International scuba SSI certificate|
|The Second ICA Workshop on Geospatial Analysis and Modeling|
|Date:||July 12 - 13, 2007|
|Place:||Xiaobai Angela Yao, and Bin Jiang
Athens , GA USA
|The International Cartographic Association (ICA) workshop series aims to bring together researchers from academia and industry to present leading edge research findings, exchange ideas, and stimulate new research efforts around geospatial analysis and modeling.|
|National Association of Counties (NACo)|
|Date:||July 13 - 17, 2007|
|Place:||Richmond, VA USA|
|MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Registration for the 2007 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition will open in mid-February.|