February 08, 2010
Accela’s Mobile Office Drives GIS in the Field
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Wienke predicted that while people have other options, they're going to stay on their map for the most part, and they'll use that to manage their work, which is all occurring via GIS. It is a big paradigm shift for government agencies in particular to be able to leverage the extent of their own GIS services and use it to drive their business.

Being able to see relevant maps on a touchscreen is motivating to users and lets them see their work wherever they are.

In summary, Accela Mobile Office streamlines additional daily tasks by allowing mobile government workers to:

  • create new inspections, investigations, or code enforcement cases;
  • cancel, reschedule, or reassign field appointments;
  • sign off on jobs and submit results back to the agency in real-time;
  • review record summaries;
  • draw and attach sketches to cases and inspections;
  • and create and print reports in the field.

  • Managing government agencies and departments

    A recent customer example of the use of Accela GIS is the city of McAllen, TX which hosted their own GIS Day in November, to demonstrate to citizens its new GIS approach to managing city government departments.

    The city has gone from a paper-based system where permitting fees were not collected correctly to a full GIS with Accela GIS and Accela Wireless with ESRI ArcGIS Server Mobile ADF. The implementation is not limited to just one department however, as health, code enforcement, public works, building, utilities and water all use the GIS. Currently eight departments utilize the GIS, and lead programmer analyst Jose Pena said that many more are interested in coming on board.

    Top News of the Week

    Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) introduces 'next-generation' field controller technology with its new FC-250. The FC-250 is designed to give users increased power and performance in a rugged and compact unit.

    The FC-250 has the operating system power of the latest Windows Mobile® Version 6.5. The PC performance with 806MHz processor and 256MB SDRAM is designed to significantly speed up data collection in the field. The FC-250 also has a built-in Bluetooth® modem and wireless LAN capability as standard features.

    Aero-Metric, a major provider of professional geospatial services with locations across the United States, has acquired its third
    Intergraph Z/I Imaging Digital Mapping Camera (DMC) to expand its high-quality, aerial imaging capabilities. The deal marks the 100th Intergraph large-format DMC to be put into operation and in flight by customers around the globe.

    Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

    Trimble announced it has acquired the assets of privately-held Pondera Engineers LLC based in Post Falls, Idaho. Pondera is an engineering and development company offering services and software tools for siting, designing, optimizing, and maintaining high-voltage power transmission and distribution lines. The acquisition is part of Trimble's strategic initiative to bring productivity solutions to the electric utilities industry. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Intermap Technologies announced a collaboration with Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., a leading provider of innovative driver assistance systems, regarding a predictive front lighting system based on Intermap's reliable 3D road geometries.

    The partnership integrates Intermap's high-resolution 3D road geometries, and information supplied by camera systems in an automobile, into Hella's front lighting demonstration system - ultimately providing a significant increase in visibility for drivers at night and during inclement weather by automatically directing the headlamp before the driver manually steers the vehicle into a bend or up and down a slope.


    Dr. John P. Holdren, President Barack Obama's science and technology advisor and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will give the Keynote Address at the ESRI Federal User Conference (FedUC) on February 17, 2010, in Washington, D.C. He will address an audience of government leaders and geographic information system (GIS) professionals from all levels of government.


    ITT Corporation reported 2009 fourth-quarter revenue of $2.9 billion and income from continuing operations of $196 million, or $1.06 per share. Excluding special items, income from continuing operations for the quarter was $178 million, or $0.97 per share, representing 18 percent year-over-year growth, as productivity benefits and lower restructuring costs more than offset lower volumes.

    Trimble announced revenue of $277.5 million for its fourth quarter ended January 1, 2010, up approximately 4 percent from revenue of $268.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2008. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2009 was $12.7 million, up approximately 21 percent as compared to the fourth quarter of 2008. Operating margin in the fourth quarter of 2009 was 4.6 percent, as compared to an operating margin of 3.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008.


    1Spatial is pleased to announce a change in the senior management team structure. Dr Michael Sanderson, the former Chief Executive, is now the Executive Chairman and Nic Snape has taken over the day-to-day running of the 1Spatial Group as Chief Executive.

    PCI Geomatics has announced the appointment of Anne Skinner to the position of Global Channel Manager. Anne will be responsible for the on-going development of PCI's international presence by managing the global reseller channel. She is joined by Steven Corr, newly appointed Global Channel Sales Representative.

    New Products

    Adapx announced the availability of Capturx Mobile, enabling mobile workers to instantly send and share data collected on paper using Capturx digital pens with Bluetooth-enabled BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices. Central teams can now get immediate access to field data without requiring workers to bring mobile computers, applications, or source files into the field. Mobile workers simply collect data on standard paper forms, notebooks, or maps and then Capturx instantly sends and automatically integrates handwritten data into Microsoft Office, SharePoint, or ArcGIS.

    Integrity Logic announced the release of Geograph VA, the latest version of the popular GIS (Geographic Information System) for the iPhone/iPod platform, covering the commonwealth of Virginia. This release features over 45 layers of geographic data which can be combined and merged.

    Gone Out - Later Folks is a location aware safety notification application for kids, teens and young adults. The application utilizes the GPS, Google maps, calendar and camera features of the iPhone. Gone Out enables the user to record where they are going, when they are leaving and returning, who they are going with, how they are getting to where they are going and what they are taking with them.

    The application provides the user with the option of sending an email containing their plans and location details, to their parents, guardian, other family members or friends. Gone Out also enables the user to post a message on their Facebook wall or on Twitter, detailing their plans for the day. Going Out just got safer for young people.

    SuperGeo Technologies announced that SuperGIS Desktop and SuperPad, its powerful Desktop GIS and full-function Mobile GIS software respectively, are going to support the extension for SuperGIS Image Server, its enterprise server software.

    SuperGIS Image Server, the large Image enterprise server software, is capable of managing images, on-the-fly image processing, and distributing large quantities of images. SuperGIS Image Server also enables users to obtain the data within the search area from the quantities of images on the server side.

    New functionality continues the focus on full integration of image analysis and geospatial production capabilities in one intuitive product, which makes it possible to accomplish multiple tasks quickly and efficiently. The new release offers high-definition video analysis, real-time visualization, terrain profiling, and hyperspectral and multispectral (HSI and MSI) image processing.

    New video analysis capabilities for
    SOCET GXP v3.1 give analysts a convenient way to work with video and transmit critical data and reports to decision-makers. The Video Analysis tool reads and displays live video feeds or saved video files from airborne sensors. It is geospatially enabled to provide a highly accurate resource for analyzing video and uses the real-world geographic information embedded in many UAS and UAV streams, such as country, region, city, postal code, latitude, longitude and time zone, to provide up-to-date intelligence data. The Video Analysis tool is integrated with Google Earth™ to provide sensor position,
    field of view, and situational awareness for video footprints.

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