June 09, 2008
Intergraph 2008 Report
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Files can be generated for the Blackberry, and the Web Portal will integrate with Business Objects and data mining. The Enterprise Web Portal will be released soon.


Intergraph has a strong focus on government solutions and emergency services offerings. The new
Business Intelligence for Public Safety solution suite can analyze and convert large amounts of law enforcement records and data into information that can be used for enhanced decision-making. Business Intelligence is a result of a collaboration between Intergraph and Business Objects, an SAP company, to combine application specific data from Intergraph’s emergency incident response, planning and reporting solutions with the proven Business Intelligence platform, Business Objects XI.


Intergraph also announced that their GeoMedia suite of geospatial information management and analysis products will support Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 spatial enhancements which will provide customers with the ability to store and share their geospatial information.


Top News of the Week


ESRI announces support for Adobe Acrobat 9 software and new geospatial capabilities available in PDF with the release of ArcGIS 9.3. ESRI has collaborated with Adobe Systems Incorporated over the past year to ensure a seamless workflow for geographic information system (GIS) professionals using ArcGIS who wish to widely distribute maps in PDF. Recipients of PDF map documents can find and display a location in the file using x,y coordinates as well as measure features directly on the map. This enabling capability enhances both existing customer workflows and creates new ones because recipients without ArcGIS can directly interact in new ways with maps using Acrobat 9.


The
Minnesota Office of Geographic and Demographic Analysis (OGDA), Department of Administration, has kicked off a project to design an enterprise GIS for State government. The State conducted a competitive procurement and chose Applied Geographics (AppGeo) of Boston to lead this effort. For this engagement, AppGeo will be supported by the Minnesota firm, Rowekamp Associates.


The project is titled “Geographic Information Systems Functional Transformation” and is part of a larger, State government-wide Drive to Excellence reform initiative started by Governor Pawlenty that seeks to make broad improvements to the way Minnesota state government operates and delivers services. Currently, GIS is deployed by many separate agencies across State government. The project goal is to develop, recommend and implement an organizational and governance framework for coordinating GIS as an “enterprise” activity of State government and to identify, recommend and begin to implement enterprise solutions to technical aspects of State GIS services and
functions.


Several national geospatial organizations have recently come together to create the
Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO). The Coalition evolved after several “Stakeholder” meetings that took place on an irregular basis since 2003. In August 2007, several of these organizations met to discuss areas of mutual concern and interest. In order to promote openness and effective collaboration, it was decided that the group should become a more formal organization.


COGO was developed to provide a forum for organizations concerned with national geospatial issues that will 1) improve communications among the member organizations (and others), 2) provide educational information on relevant issues for their respective memberships, 3) align and strengthen their respective policy agendas, and 4) facilitate development of strategies to address national issues.


Acquisitions/Agreements/Alliances


Emergency services organizations now can rapidly analyze and convert vast amounts of law enforcement records and data into actionable information for enhanced decision-making with Intergraph’s new Business Intelligence for Public Safety solution suite.


In response to the demand for improved data visibility and reporting,
Intergraph collaborated with
Business Objects, an SAP company, the world’s leading provider of business performance optimization solutions, to combine the application specific data from Intergraph’s emergency incident response, planning and reporting solutions with Business Objects’ proven Business Intelligence platform, Business Objects XI.


With reference to the press release dated 2 June 2008,
TomTom and
Tele Atlas jointly announce that TomTom declares the recommended public offer for all issued and outstanding shares with a nominal value of EUR 0.10 each (the "Shares"; holders of such Shares being referred to as "Shareholders") in the capital of Tele Atlas (the "Offer") unconditional (gestand doen).


As announced in the press release of 2 June 2008, 63,625,232 Shares have been tendered for acceptance under the Offer. Together with the 27,235,651 Shares already held by TomTom and 1,685,000 Shares to be delivered by certain members of the Supervisory Board and Management Board of Tele Atlas pursuant to irrevocable undertakings, these Shares number in total 92,545,883 and represent 97.48% of the total issued and outstanding shares capital in Tele Atlas, and based on the offer price of EUR 30.00 per Share (the "Offer Price"), have an aggregate value of EUR 2,776 million.


Ambercore Software Inc., a global provider of high performance spatial software and services for Energy and Mining industries, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the
Terrapoint Business Unit from
Pulse Data Inc. The transaction was facilitated by funding from SQFive Intelligent Oilfield Solutions Ltd., a subsidiary of Quorum Oil and Gas Technology Fund Limited. Providing this additional growth capital to Ambercore, the Quorum Group continues to be a strong financial partner.


The
GeoInformation Group, publishers of Cities Revealed aerial photography, announces that it has committed to an annual high-resolution aerial survey of London. This commitment is a direct result of a new long-term partnership, with a major UK Plc, that will last until 2014.


Announcements


The weather report from Mars is great, thanks to the
Optech LiDAR technology at the heart of NASA's Phoenix Mars mission. The Phoenix Mars lander made a dramatic landing on the Red Planet on Sunday, May 25th after a journey of 10 months and hundreds of millions of miles through deep space. The first LiDAR results from Mars arrived late in the evening of May 28th, amid cheers and applause from NASA officials and science team members gathered at JPL and the Science Mission Operations centre at the University of Arizona.


The global education community will gather August 2–5, 2008, at the
ESRI Education User Conference (EdUC), an inspirational and collaborative forum that fosters learning and sharing about using geographic information system (GIS) technology across disciplines. Educators, administrators, researchers, librarians, and museum professionals from around the world will explore how GIS software enhances teaching and understanding as well as provides innovative solutions.


The EdUC will be held in San Diego, California, at the Marriott Hotel & Marina, where
Dr. Anne Knowles, professor of geography at Middlebury College, will give the Keynote Address during the conference's Plenary Session. An alumnus of Duke University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Knowles is also an editor of several books including Past Time, Past Place. Knowles' topic is Placing History: The Value of Geography in History Education. Her presentation will show how geospatial technology plays a key role in historical research and education.


The
Intergraph GeoMedia suite of geospatial information management and analysis products will support Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 spatial enhancements to provide Intergraph customers with an improved capacity for interoperability and information sharing. The spatial enhancements to SQL Server 2008 will benefit all of Intergraph’s customers who utilize SQL Server for the storage and management of their geospatial information.


The
Intergraph Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Intergraph Corp. will provide a $25,000 donation and match additional employee contributions to the American Red Cross China Earthquake Relief Fund to aid survivors and relief efforts of the devastating May 12 earthquake.


Intergraph, which operates in 60 countries and maintains offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, is providing financial support though its foundation to the American Red Cross for its emergency relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake. The Red Cross will use the funds to provide relief supplies, mobilize relief workers and provide financial resources.

Emergency CallWorx today announced that it will be publicly demonstrating its products for the first time at the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Annual 9-1-1 Conference in Tampa, Florida from June 7-12, 2008. This event will be the first public appearance of Emergency CallWorx, a company that was created in 2007 as a division of CLJ2, Inc. Craig Dollar, the founder of both CLJ2 and Emergency CallWorx, has been an industry executive, co-founder and consultant of several Public Safety companies over the past two decades.


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