November 10, 2008
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The four segments addressed by Intergraph include:
1) Data capture and collection
2) Enterprise content management
3) Analysis and exploitation
4) Dissemination and production generation
2D3, a wholly owned subsidiary of OMG, plc, along with Yotta and Vicon, has been public on the London Stock Exchange since 2003. President Jon Damush said the company’s expertise is “vision science,” the application of math and science to understand how imagery is perceived. Their flagship product, boujou, is an automatic camera tracker used in the film industry. Their technology, which employs special effects to insert a computer generated character into a live scene, registers two cameras for perfect “match moving.”
How this translates to geospatial, Damush said, is that in geospatial you have to register points in both frames in photogrammetry. Their product TacitView addresses the issue intelligence professionals have with motion imagery that is difficult to view and to derive value from. He contends that value must be added at each step in the chain of users, and TacitView gives you the tools to do that. “Someone at the receiving end of motion feed capture needs to understand what he’s looking at. Video is clumsy,” said Damush. “TacitView takes video and converts it into information they can use in their workflow and makes it easier for the user to view.”
TacitView exports geospatial and can extract data from imagery and drop it into a map. Each frame of video can be used to produce video or metadata output. The product supports lat/long and elevation and can create a map from video. It also has the ability to read current platform metadata streams.
Currently the product is in Beta and will ship at the end of 2008.
Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI)
Robby Robbins, director of marketing, Defense and Strategic Systems at Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), spoke about the company’s strategic direction and resulting product line. Once a hardware company, SGI has transitioned to a solutions focus, offering Complex Event Processing (CEP). Offered for CEP is their new Silicon Graphics VUE, a suite of software visualization solutions that changes how users can use visual information.
EventVUE is a real time visual solution that integrates various data sources. RemoteVUE allows you to send data to any device, while PowerVUE allows you to do visualization without graphics cards. Eliminating graphics cards will definitely change the way complex data from multiple sources is managed and distributed.
Originally this product line was designed to correlate large amounts of financial information. Robbins said they have adapted this to the defense space, where it is necessary to collect all types of data from sensors, chat rooms, text, voice, etc. The VUE software utilizes the power of SGI’s Reality Center immersive environments and brings them to the laptop, desktop or even mobile device. The ability to “fuse” data from various, disparate sources into a 3D viewing experience and deliver it to whomever needs it on any device makes it enormously valuable to the defense and military industries.
“Agencies want to view their data in 3D plus time – 4D,” said Robbins. They need a solution that is automated and to be able to sift through large amounts of data in real time.
Being able to make critical decisions within a short space of time is a recurring and obvious theme for the geointelligence industry. GeoCommons from FortiusOne is another product that offers “visual analytics through maps.” GeoCommons provides visual analytics via a browser, streamlining the process of creating maps from core geospatial information, which can then be viewed by non-technical users. The company’s currently available products, Finder! and Maker! allow users to take advantage of the massive amounts of information they receive from disparate sources and be able to analyze it before delivering it the rest of the organization. A new product, Atlas!
will be available in 2009, and will be a community concept based on the notion that maps tell stories, designed to encourage collaboration around finding and sharing maps as stories.
SPADAC launched EarthWhere 4.3, a commercially available enterprise-wide spatial data management product that helps customers locate imagery they need such as satellite and aerial imagery, terrain data, digital maps and vectors.
Last year SPADAC acquired EarthWhere from SANZ, a provider of data storage and data management solutions. With SPADAC’s enhancements and technical support to EarthWhere customers, the company reports a 79 percent growth in its customer product implementations.
Notable improvements to the 4.3 version include the addition of supported data formats, additional HARN projections, an updated ActiveIngest GUI, enhanced administration features, streamlined installation capabilities and a new optional LizardTech module.
EarthWhere now supports Landsat TM/ETM+ in NLAPS format, FORMOSAT-2 and WorldView-1. For customers using aerial-based imagery, more than 200 HARN projections were added.
Top News of the Week
Web geographic information system (GIS) technology takes a forward leap with the release of
ESRI's ArcGIS API for Flex. With the Flex API, developers can combine GIS-based Web services from ArcGIS Server with other Web content, which can be displayed in simple, dynamic mapping applications over the Web or on the desktop.
Tele Atlas announced that the new version of its MultiNet digital map database is the first global digital map database to use community-provided data to validate changes. Released in October, MultiNet version 2008.10 incorporates community input provided by TomTom users in Europe and North America that strengthened Tele Atlas’ map change detection and validation process. MultiNet version 2008.10 also features an initial delivery of major specification upgrades including improved navigation, visualization and search capabilities.
Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances
GeoEye, Inc. announced that on October 15, it signed a multi-year agreement with Rome-based
Telespazio S.p.A. appointing Telespazio as GeoEye's new Commercial Regional Affiliate for the region of Europe and North Africa. Telespazio, a Finmeccanica/Thales company, will produce, market and sell Earth imagery and related products and services from GeoEye's newest high-resolution satellite, GeoEye-1, to customers in Europe and North Africa. GeoEye-1 was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on September 6 and is expected to be fully operational this fall. Telespazio's GeoEye-1 exclusive imagery sales rights begin as soon as GeoEye-1 becomes operational.
Tele Atlas announced an agreement with Argentina-based
Datamap to develop and deliver digital maps and related content covering Latin America’s second largest economy.
TerraGo Technologies and
BAE Systems announced a collaborative agreement under which BAE Systems’ SOCET GXP v3.0 customers can now easily create, mark up and export geographically rich image data and maps to a GeoPDF file directly from the SOCET GXP workspace. In addition, customers can purchase the Map2PDF for SOCET GXP software module used to create GeoPDFs directly from BAE Systems.
NAVTEQ announced a new relationship aimed at providing better support to the thousands of software developers using NAVTEQ(R) map data who want to include high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery from DigitalGlobe in their applications. As part of the agreement, DigitalGlobe becomes the latest member of the Partner Zone program on the NAVTEQ Network for Developers(TM) (NN4D) and will provide developers access to sample imagery free of charge for a limited term during the software development process.
DigitalGlobe announced that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has purchased the entire CitySphere 2.0 product, the recently launched, enhanced version of DigitalGlobe's extensive library of on-demand digital satellite and aerial imagery of the most populated global cities.
ERDAS is offering Securely Clip, Zip and Ship Massive Volumes of Data, a free webinar on Thursday, November 6, 2008, highlighting ERDAS APOLLO Image Manager 2009.
Following Securely Clip, Zip and Ship Massive Volumes of Data, the next ERDAS webinar will be on November 20, highlighting Map2PDF for IMAGINE, a new product collaboration between ERDAS and TerraGo Technologies. To register please visit the
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