July 23, 2007
Rapid Image Access Technology Without Compression
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As an example, Pixia ingested the DigitalGlobe CitySphere data, which is 200 cities within about seven hours. “The standard way of doing that is 30 plus days using a spatial/relational database. And being able to update, the same thing, you don’t have to shut down the service and rebuild the entire database.” Pixia demonstrated this capability last year where they showed an OGC WMF connection streaming data. The file that it was looking at was actually being updated as it was looking at it.

The WCS allows users to download data that are the actual pixels to do hard core analysis on. The data can be brought into their desktop applications such as ArcGIS Desktop, ERDAS Imagine or MapInfo using OGC WMS.

Pixia is also working on next generation sensors where each sensor collects a large amount of data that can be looked at in motion video on a frame by frame basis. It is a huge amount of data for each frame capture. This would not be able to be done with compression, according to Ernst.

As sensor technology continues to improve and volumes of data people are using grows so fast, organizations tend to want to add more gigabytes of RAM, and more servers, but this is not really viable in the long term. By being able to access large amount of data quickly and easily with products like Pixia, organizations will save money by not needing to purchase or maintain a lot of hardware to serve up the data. “The Department of Defense and intelligence community can’t build enough buildings to serve this data up,” said Ernst.

The OGC services make it possible to be able to connect databases, allowing different agencies and organizations to store their own data and serve it out to other agencies, rather than shipping it to be served out elsewhere.

Pixia is moving into other geospatial markets, “anywhere you’re dealing with spatial data, imagery and spatial context to be used for data mining,” said Ernst. Medical imaging, utilities, oil and gas, telcom, and gaming are among the industries they will be addressing. They also do some texture serving for 3D or 2 ½ D environments.

Data mining is an area that Pixia is moving heavily into to see how data is managed around the globe. This also extends to putting those different pieces of data into context with one another, taking into account their connections and geospatial foundations.

Top News of the Week

TerraGo(R) Technologies announced that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is using the GeoPDF format to make its primary base series quadrangle maps available online. The USGS GeoPDF maps can be accessed through the USGS store at

The initial project, started by the US Army Corps of Engineers, involved converting more than 60,000 USGS Digital Raster Graphics to GeoPDF files. These maps represent USGS primary base series quadrangles used by businesses and consumers for all kinds of applications from engineering to land use management and recreation such as hiking, hunting and camping.


1Spatial and Infotech Enterprises announce an innovative partnership to provide a data quality solution for repurposing spatial data.

The two companies are focusing on a solution to deliver greater accuracy and efficiency through automated quality checking and auditing using automated tools to speed up the delivery of re-engineered spatial data sets. A wide range of organizations are expected to benefit from this combination of technology and expertise: government departments; utilities and telecoms, all who have to repurpose their data to make it fit for purpose

Intermap Technologies Corp
. announced the signing of a joint development agreement with Visteon Corporation, an internationally recognized automotive technology developer, to provide Visteon with highly accurate 3D road geometries for the entire country of Germany. Derived from Intermap's proactive NEXTMap(R) Europe mapping program, the data will be incorporated into the development of advanced applications of a 3D road vector map database for use in future automotive systems. The initial focus will be on predictive adaptive front lighting systems, which offers enhanced visibility for drivers at night by directing the headlamp light, before the driver directs the vehicle into
the bend.

eSpatial, a Global enterprise geospatial software and technology company and Geotec, a major Brazilian GeoTechnology provider, announced the signing of an exclusive Reseller Agreement. Under the agreement Geotec will act as a reseller for iSMART, eSpatial's leading GeoSpatial software suite for development of integrated, enterprise grade spatially enabled applications throughout the Brazilian Marketplace.


Correction: Autodesk Topobase 2008 incorporates both Map 3D and MapGuide and is built on Oracle Spatial. Map 3D is not built on Oracle Spatial.

NAVTEQ Corporation, global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, will host a conference call on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 5:00PM ET to discuss its second quarter financial results. A press release containing these results will be distributed before the call.

The conference call will be available via webcast at
http://investor.navteq.com or by calling 866-831-6247 (North America) 617-213-8856 (international) with passcode 71074582.


Adam M. Carnow, AICP, a WilsonMiller Vice President and Corporate Manager of the firm’s GIS Business Unit, has been elected Treasurer of the Florida Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

Bruce Ogden has been named the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SPOT Image Corp. Bruce comes to SPOT Image Corp. from Transaction Network Services where, for the past six years, he served as Director of Sales for the Telecom Services Division.

New Products

The Carbon Project, world leader in innovative geosocial solutions, announced it will showcase its Geosocial Networking™ content sharing platform, CarbonCloud CS™, at GeoWeb 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 24, 2007.

CarbonCloud CS is a scalable platform that supports information sharing between peers. With CarbonCloud CS software developers can enhance their solutions with functionality such as group chat, content sharing among friends, content search and more. The system is designed to connect millions of users and share data safely and securely.

Applied Science Associates, Inc. (ASA) announced the release of breakthrough extension tool for ESRI’s ArcGIS industry standard GIS software. ASA’s TimeSlider is an extension for ArcGIS 9.1 that provides functionality to animate feature data that has date and time information.

Many geographically-based phenomena ranging from geological processes to short-term movement of vehicles or marine mammals require temporal analysis. ASA’s TimeSlider extension allows ArcMap users to specify a field that contains date and time information for geographic features. The TimeSlider can manage multiple time-varying layers, including layers that have different time steps.

Pitney Bowes MapInfo, global provider of location intelligence solutions, unveiled its Financial PSYTE(R) geodemographic segmentation system designed to enhance financial institutions' target marketing initiatives, market analysis and branch location studies. Using Financial PSYTE, financial companies can quickly and precisely identify their best customers and map the neighborhoods where they and others like them live, so they are able to more accurately and successfully target their marketing efforts.

Tele Atlas, global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions and a Certified Partner in the Oracle PartnerNetwork, announced Tele Atlas MultiNet for Oracle® Database 11g. Planned for availability in August, the full Western Europe version will include Oracle Database 11g geocoding and routing extensions. Oracle Database 11g-compliant 3D City Maps are scheduled to be included later in the year.

GeoWise, a provider of software for the clear graphical presentation of location-based statistical data, has announced that on 2nd July 2007, Public Health Intelligence (PHI), the epidemiology group of the New Zealand Ministry of Health launched its site,
PHIOnline, using InstantAtlas.

The objective of the site is to make health and health related data more accessible, improve communication of health issues and support key health policy and resource decisions. It was launched by New Zealand's health minister, the Hon. Pete Hodgson and is supported by the Director-General of Health, Stephen McKernan.

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