November 09, 2009
Imagining with ERDAS IMAGINE 2010
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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“That’s where we introduced geoprocessing on the server,” said Stojic. “All of this is integrated with our 3D client application TITAN, so TITAN will be the 3D interface to customers who want to search for data, review data, and then share data with others within the 3D virtual globe environment.”

The last key important area of development is the productivity and the speed with which customers can serve map tiles over the internet through geoportals.

“We’ve implemented this concept called the optimized tile delivery format,” said Stojic. “It is a tiling mechanism that allows customers to tile their data--raster data, map data and vector data and get that information over to the customers through a geoportal very rapidly, thousands of tiles per second. We are now rolling out the ability to support vector data as well as raster data.”

Most ERDAS customers are in the public sector but among their commercial customers are oil and gas and utilities.

Top News of the Week

DigitalGlobe announced it has signed an agreement with
Microsoft Corp. to launch the Clear30 program, an initiative to distribute high-resolution, 30-cm aerial imagery of contiguous landscapes, initially in the U.S. and Western Europe. These orthophoto mosaics will be available through Bing Maps and through DigitalGlobe channels.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

NAVTEQ announced that the
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded NAVTEQ a contract as the map data and content provider for the comprehensive global commodity dataset (SATNAV) that offers transportation, public venues and miscellaneous points of interest data layers.

Telogis, Inc.
collaborates with
MapIT to offer new technology and map data for enterprise-focused companies in the Sub-Saharan region.

MapIT’s collaboration with Telogis will greatly benefit its existing clients. Since collaborating with MapIT, Helberg Transport Management (HTM), a long time client of MapIT, has successfully implemented the Telogis software. Customers will be privy to unique solutions that include map data supplied by MapIT, integrated with both a powerful geospatial platform and AVL solution, developed for fleet management, logistics and planning, field service and mobile resource management solutions. Telogis supports all of MapIT’s data, offering customers the ability to route their fleet and location empower their mobile workers.

3D Laser Mapping
has appointed
GEOCOM to act as Chilean representative for it’s hi-tech laser scanning systems. With over 20 years experience in providing advanced solutions for field surveying, GEOCOM was the obvious partner for the region. Chile is a vital area for mining and economic development and 3D Laser Mapping sees the region is a key market for its laser monitoring systems. The partnership with GEOCOM will build on 3D Laser Mapping’s position as an international specialist in the global development and deployment of laser scanning monitoring systems.

Intermap Technologies announced that it has licensed shaded terrain products which leverage the nationwide NEXTMap 3D mapping database to
MapQuest, Inc. Additionally, Intermap will deliver shaded terrain products for Europe and the remainder of the world for subsequent releases on the consumer Web site and Platform products.

ESRI Canada
announced that the
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has signed a five-year agreement under the ESRI Canada Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) program to strengthen the development of geographic information system (GIS) technology in the province. The program provides affordable access to GIS software, maintenance, services and training over the term of the agreement. "We're pleased to be moving forward a project that will further develop GIS in our provincial IT sector," said the Honourable Tom Marshall, Minister Responsible for the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Newfoundland and Labrador. "Provincial Government departments and GIS-related businesses in our province will be
provided with further opportunity to improve their GIS expertise and capacity, and provide a solid platform to leverage this technology to benefit government and industry."

IceWEB, Inc.
announced that the Company has entered into a Standard Procurement Agreement (SPA) with
ExxonMobil Global Services Company, an operating division of ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. The agreement for upstream services from IceWEB is for both the design of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and to provide GIS technical staff including Consultants, Project Managers, Senior GIS System/Software Architects, GIS Software Developers, Engineers, Data Base Analysts, and Senior Storage Engineering staff.


Leaders in the energy and utility industries are coming together at a Spatial Roundtable to discuss the smart grid. Hosted by
ESRI, the online discussion features timely topics as they relate to geographic information system (GIS) technology. ESRI's director of utility solutions, Bill Meehan, kicks off the smart grid conversation by posing important logistical questions and sharing practical answers.

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has issued a Request for Quotes/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) for the OGC Web Services, Phase 7 (OWS-7) Interoperability Initiative, a testbed to advance OGC's open interoperability framework for geospatial capabilities. The RFQ/CFP is available

The organizations sponsoring OWS-7 seek open standards that address their interoperability requirements. The content of OWS-7 will be organized around the following threads:

1) Sensor Fusion Enablement

2) Feature and Decision Fusion

3) Aviation

Online global agricultural assessment reports and the future of remote sensing in Africa were two of the key topics covered in video interviews with
Global Marketing Insights, Inc. President, Dr. Shawana Johnson, and the
Office of Global Analysis, USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service (OGA USDA FAS), Satellite Imagery Archive Manager, Robert Tetrault.

GISCafe Publisher, Sanjay Gangal conducted the interviews in the exhibit hall at the 2009 GEOINT Conference held in San Antonio, TX. The OGA USDA FAS was hosted by Dr. Johnson at GEOINT 2009 in the Global Marketing Insights, Inc. booth.


United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation announced the winners of its 2009 USGIF Awards Program. This year’s recipients are Mr. Andrew Schaeffer, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Imagery Exploitation Course Team, the Integrated Collection Management Program Team, the Eagle Express Production Team and the geospatial engineers on Google Federal team. See

New Products

Trimble gives Android phone users an edge for all of their outdoor activities with its AllSport GPS application. The fitness application, already available from a variety of cellular carriers on GPS-enabled phones, is the ultimate fitness application for anyone who wants to start or improve their workout routine.

announces the release of an updated version of their Data Collection Infrastructure (DCI) Service, the next generation of its cloud-based Software-as-a-Service solution offering.

DCI is a cloud-based SaaS solution for real-time GIS+GPS Data Collection and Mapping. Users can focus solely on their data collection activities, while the infrastructure of network communication, hardware, mapping software and data collection functionality is managed by DCI and downloaded software. DCI is a pay-as-you-go subscription service. Projects can be up and running within 24-48 hours.

Aerotec, LLC is pleased to introduce its second-generation airborne LIDAR-based mapping product for identifying and locating vegetation in the vicinity of electric power transmission rights-of-way that presents a significant risk to the operation of the transmission lines’ conductors. A featured component of the vegetation management product is a handheld unit that provides the utility forester with the capability to measure, locate, analyze, and report the vegetation violation on-the-spot, with a two-second response time, using a single-shot of the handheld unit’s laser rangefinder.

announced the availability of a no-cost weather data feed for the MARPLOT mapping application and ALOHA plume modeling program.

Tele Atlas and
Cobra Electronics announced an agreement under which Tele Atlas supplies digital maps and location content on the 7700 Pro, Cobra’s GPS navigation and routing tool tailored to the needs of the professional truck driver. The agreement builds on the companies’ longstanding collaboration to deliver content-rich, user-friendly navigation solutions.

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