September 28, 2009
Shopping Meet Location, Location Meet Shopping
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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There are many dimensions to 1020 Placecast, according to Bezancon, in terms of what dimensions to manipulate. A map server distributes the right information to the right place at the right time and needs to manipulate all three of those dimensions in real time all the time. Placecast operates more on occurrences of a user being in a particular location. As a user registers to follow a particular brand to know more about the product, they can then be pinged when they are in close proximity to the store that carries that brand if there is a sale or discounted items offered at the store. If they’re not near the store they don’t need to know.

The product works for all different platforms. Bezancon said they have resolved a major technical hurdle for managing campaigns for big chains like Burger King or McDonald’s that have thousands of locations across the country. Their need is to determine where a user is in relationship to these stores in real time, then return relevant information and report accurately what is going on to that one customer, let alone all the others.

In terms of partners, NAVTEQ is licensing Placecast technology, and Bezancon said they don’t really have competitors in the location space.

Top News of the Week

Integrity Logic announced the release of
Geology AZ, the latest version of the GIS for the iPhone/iPod platform, covering the state of Arizona.

This release focuses on the physical geography and geology of the Grand Canyon state, and contains 23 layers of information, which can be superimposed, mixed and rearranged in any desired combination.

Integrity Logic also announced the release of
Geology WA, the latest version of the GIS for the iPhone/iPod platform, covering Washington state and Oregon. This release focuses on the physical geography and geology of the Pacific Northwest states, and contains 25 layers of information, which can be superimposed, mixed and rearranged in any desired combination.

Like its sister applications
Geology WA contains a wide array of data layers which can be combined and moved in any desired way:
  • geological map from the U.S. Geological Service
  • public land ownership (local, state, federal)
  • states outlines
  • all 1,930 earthquakes in recorded history with a magnitude of 3.0 or above
  • seismic hazard
  • land elevation from NASA
  • ocean bathymetry from NOAA
  • hydrologic units
  • county lines, USGS quadrangles
  • UTM zones, state plane zones
  • township and range
  • urban areas, hydrological features
  • cities, roads and railroad tracks
  • active mines and quarries
  • all available potassium/argon dates
  • main aquifers
  • old faults and active faults
  • plate boundaries
  • volcanoes and volcanic features

  • Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

    Infoterra Ltd has extended its portfolio of end-to-end geospatial products and services through an agreement with Autodesk Inc to resell LandXplorer Studio in the UK.

    LandXplorer Studio, a 3D city modeling software suite, will offer Infoterra customers in local government, engineering and infrastructure network planning a powerful tool to create, analyze and visualize projects using accurate geospatial data.

    Twisted Pair Solutions a pioneer in unified communications software built to open standards, and
    IDV Solutions, an enterprise mashup and data visualization software company, announced their partnership in creating an entirely new communications client for the Microsoft Surface computer. Built upon Twisted Pair’s WAVE software technology and exploiting IDV’s extensive knowledge and experience in creating interactive, visual applications utilizing Microsoft SharePoint, the new WAVE for Surface application helps demonstrate the applicability of multiple Microsoft technologies to mission-critical communications.


    NASA reported Thursday that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed its testing and calibration phase and entered its mapping orbit of the moon. The spacecraft already has made significant progress toward creating the most detailed atlas of the moon's south pole to date. Scientists released preliminary images and data from LRO's seven instruments.

    A land registration system,
    International Land Systems (ILS), Inc.’s LRS software, based on
    ESRI geographic information system (GIS) software will be used in the implementation of a Rural Land Registration and Certification Project in China’s Anhui Province. International Land Systems, Inc. (ILS) was selected by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to implement a registration and certification program based on ESRI’s ArcGIS software platform.

    Professionals and academics will gather at
    ESRI headquarters in Redlands, California, January 6–8, 2010, for the first
    GeoDesign Summit. Geodesign brings geographic information system (GIS) technology into any type of design process such as developing a community project or conducting scientific research. Participants will introduce the first generation of geodesign concepts, technologies, and tools, drawing from the international group’s experience in a variety of disciplines.

    The worldwide market for Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) is forecast to grow 50% over the next five years, representing a compound annual growth rate of 9.3%, according to a new
    ARC Advisory Group study. GIS market revenues will be driven in the near future by continued worldwide spending in non-cyclical industries such as electric power, oil and gas distribution, and divisions of federal governments. Growth in the mid to latter years of the forecast period will be driven by increased adoption of GIS in emerging markets such as Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East; and a return to spending in North America and Eu-rope by industries hardest hit by the global economic downturn.

    Definiens , the number one Enterprise Image Intelligence company, announced a new strategic direction for its Earth Sciences division. Definiens is building upon the success of its object-based image analysis (OBIA) platform to simplify the development and distribution of applications among its global user and partner community. The launch of Definiens ’ newest software suite for Earth Sciences in late 2009 will also see the company reprise its widely-recognized brand name, eCognition.


    GeoEye, Inc. announced that it is proposing to offer in a private placement $350 million in aggregate principal amount of Senior Secured Notes due 2015 (the "Notes Offering").

    The Senior Secured Notes (the "Notes") being offered by GeoEye in the Notes Offering will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. The Notes are being offered only to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A and outside the United States in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act.

    New Products

    SGI announced the immediate availability of Octane III, the company’s first personal supercomputer. This new product takes high-performance computing to a new level by combining the immense power and performance capabilities of a high-performance deskside cluster with the portability and usability of a workstation. The Octane III is uniquely suited for workplace environments and supports a vast range of distributed technical computing applications.

    HP established a new category in videoconferencing with the introduction of HP SkyRoom – affordable, high-definition videoconferencing software(1) that offers live, real-time collaboration for instant face-to-face meetings with no subscription fees.

    ThinkGeo announced the release of Map Suite Geocoder 3.0 Beta 1, their latest entry in the Map Suite 3.0 family of GIS software developer components for .NET. As the next-generation replacement for Map Suite Geocode USA, this new product is built on the fully-extensible and customizable Map Suite 3.0 platform, allowing for a broad range of expanded geocoding functionality.

    Intermap Technologies announced at INTERGEO 2009 the release of the Company’s new elevation shaded image (ESI) product for Germany. Intermap has partnered with GeoContent GmbH, a leading provider in Germany of aerial photography and geospatial information, to create the high-resolution ESI product.

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