August 21, 2006
Plans Ahead for Land and Property Professionals
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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GW: What sorts of investigation can users do with Plans Ahead?


JC: The web services that underpin Plans Ahead and that we provide as components to a range of customers enable the user to answer questions relating to “where is my nearest,” “what information exists for this location” and “adjacency” information pertaining to the following:


- administrative and political information

- flood

- environmental information

- ground stability

- height

- planning applications

- statutory areas (such as nature reserves)

- choose from 756 classes of points of interest (including health and education)


This content is continuously being added to. The key point to note is that in general, the professional seeks to add their own value to the information that we provide through integration and interpretation before advising the end user, rather than relying on a standardised report. Plans Ahead is eMapSite's response to the needs of our customers in terms of the services and content they seek.


GW: What kinds of customization can be implemented?


JC: We will be adding “free to air” search services over the coming months, coupled to live paid for services. In terms of customization we use a fully OGC compliant WMS and an evolving WFS to provide a range of bespoke web services to systems integrators and third parties for integration of mapping elements into enterprise wide solutions, ranging from property management to transportation systems.


GW: Do you have plans to implement Plans Ahead with another national database other than OS MasterMap?


JC: All of our suppliers provide national cover, be it Great Britain or England, and their data sets are available through Plans Ahead. Although we currently have no plans to roll-out this model outside our own shores, we are aware how extensible the platform would be for other territories.




Top News of the Week


Placebase(TM), Inc. announced availability of the Dynamic Layers application programming interface (API) for Pushpin LE. This API makes Pushpin LE the first Google style mapping service with advanced layer control. Through layers, the service natively supports advanced graphical elements such as dynamically shaded regions. For example, tints representing sales by territory, demographics by block group, or housing prices by zip code can be slipped underneath the streets on the fly. With other Google type mapping systems, shading would have to be placed on top, obscuring elements below and destroying the legibility of the map.


The City of Pasadena Water & Power Department has awarded an enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS) program management contract to MWH, a global environmental engineering, program management and construction firm.


Under the terms of the contract, MWH will serve as the overall program manager and lead implementer in coordination with Pasadena Water & Power for this $5.5 million, 21-month program designed to help the City gain valuable insight into the lifecycle management of its water and power asset base.


According to a survey released by Tele Atlas, a global provider of geographic content, good old-fashioned road trips are not dead yet, and digital navigation tools are helping drivers find out more about what's on the road around them. Survey results found that men and women as well as the young and the old continue to have drastically differing perceptions about maps and navigation. However, despite gender or age, American drivers agree that maps enabling them to find more points of interest along the way enhance their travel experiences.




Announcements


EarthData International, Inc. (EarthData) announced its role in last week's release of the critically-acclaimed, World Trade Center, Oliver Stone's portrayal of five Port Authority police officers who battle the devastation of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Central to the movie are three-dimensional renderings of the collapsing towers, which Stone uses to recreate the police officers' perspectives and help audiences comprehend the horror of being trapped in the underground inferno. The renderings were created by integrating architectural blueprints of the twin towers with aerial-based laser (lidar) terrain models and imagery acquired by EarthData in the days immediately
following 9/11. The film's studio, Paramount Pictures, also used EarthData's three-dimensional model of Manhattan for scene planning in advance of filming and to visualize the final effects shots for the film.


NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for location-based solutions and vehicle navigation, is presenting the NAVTEQ LBS Developer Conference on September 11, 2006. Openwave, a leading independent provider of software solutions for the communications and media industries, is collaborating with NAVTEQ as the Signature Sponsor of the conference. This day-long event prior to CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment provides a unique forum, bringing together key industry experts and business development companies to help developers launch location services for both consumer and business applications.


The conference agenda includes breakfast, lunch, and cocktail reception immediately following the day's closing remarks. Registration also includes a pass to CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment, keynote sessions and exhibitor hall preview and entrance. To register or for additional information, please visit




Financials


HP announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2006, with net revenue of $21.9 billion, representing growth of 5% year-over-year, or 6% when adjusted for the effects of currency. GAAP operating profit was $1.5 billion and GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.48 per share, up from $0.03 in the prior year period. GAAP financial information for the third quarter 2005 reflects a tax adjustment resulting from HP's decision to repatriate $14.5 billion in cash from foreign earnings. See


Intermap Technologies Corporation (the "Company"), reported second quarter results for the period ended June 30, 2006. All amounts in this news release are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted. See


Analytical Surveys, Inc. (ASI), a provider of utility-industry data collection, creation and management services for the geographic information systems (GIS) markets, and an emerging participant in the oil and gas industry, announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2006. See




People


Orion Technology Inc. announced that Rif Jiwani has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer effective October 16, 2006. He will succeed his elder brother, Zul Jiwani, who has decided to spend more time on his Voluntary Humanitarian Assistance Activities. The company announced that Zul will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board and as advisor on key projects. Zul has served as the Company's President and CEO since the founding of the Company in 1998.


Preetha Pulusani announced her retirement from the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) Board of Directors. She recently resigned as president of the Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) division at Intergraph Corporation to pursue career interests outside the geospatial industry. She is now CEO and President of InterThink Solutions, Inc. "It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve on the Board of Directors of the OGC. My fellow directors are truly an outstanding group of people and it has been a remarkable experience to see the positive impact that board, staff and members have had on the geospatial industry. I wish you and all my friends at OGC much success in
future."


DigitalGlobe(R), provider of the world's highest resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, announced two additions to its senior management team. Marc Tremblay has been appointed as General Manager of DigitalGlobe's Commercial Business Unit, where he will be responsible for the management of global commercial sales via direct, channel and web distribution. Steve Larned has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer for the company. In this role, Larned will oversee worldwide marketing, product management, and strategy development and execution. Tremblay and Larned will report directly to Jill Smith, Chief Executive Officer of DigitalGlobe.




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