August 23, 2010
Starting with the Map in Accela Automation
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“The [departments] have to figure out how to get into their assignment roster and assign to the right department, and so the flow of data is going to be coming at these people in many cases regardless,” Davis pointed out. With this new functionality, they can start to extend the GIS editing to different departments and ease themselves into the “greater crowdsourcing capabilities of the future.”

Accela's Citizen Access product will address a shift in the way information is delivered, from people calling on the phone or showing up in the office, to using the web. In the next release of this product, users will be allowed to select assets on the map and say this streetlight is out, while it allows the agency to take that spatially selected object that has an ID and the ID can be attached to a service request, which can be attached to the work order that gets generated.

“What I suggest is they take it another step further, allow the citizens to create geometry --where are the potholes? Where's the graffiti? Let citizens have a voice and show you where these things are at,” said Davis.

At the Accela User Conference earlier this year, Accela President and CEO Maury Blackman talked about communities in which:
  • business owners can arrange licenses or permits from their jobsite, rather spending hours in lines;
  • parents can report downed stop signs with smart applications that know where they are and inform governments of which actions to take;
  • contractors can quickly respond to their customers and communicate instantly with cities to arrange inspections;
  • and government departments can instantly share and act upon information in order to maintain quality neighborhood services.

  • Top News of the Week

    DigitalGlobe announced the appointment of Jeffrey Goebel as vice president of Geospatial Value Added Products and Services and Jack Hild as vice president of U.S. Defense Strategy. Both Goebel and Hild have held prestigious careers with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and bring a strong degree of knowledge and skill to DigitalGlobe.

    NAVTEQ announced availability of the NAVTEQ Mobile Marketing Platform to U.S. TV and radio broadcasters. The easy-to-use, self-serve Mobile Marketing Platform enables broadcasters to cross-market program and advertising content to mobile phone users and to create new ways to monetize by extending advertising opportunities to the mobile channel.

    Autodesk, Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

    Revenue was $473 million, an increase of 14 percent compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2010 and approximately flat sequentially. See

    Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

    European Environment Agency (EEA) and
    Esri have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The agreement supports the design and development of ways to share and access essential geographic environmental data provided by the agency's 38 European member countries.

    EEA, which already uses Esri's geographic information system (GIS) products, will now work closely with Esri to improve the agency's cloud environment map services. European countries will share their environmental data more easily, while nations, agencies, scientists, and policy makers will be able to quickly access and consume the data for viewing and analysis.

    Telvent and Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) jointly announce the strategic integration of Telvent's advanced data acquisition and distribution management smart grid solution suite with OATI's webSmartEnergy solutions for smart grid and energy markets. The combination of the companies' leading-edge solutions will enable utilities around the world to efficiently and effectively balance network optimization and energy costs while maximizing regulatory, environmental, security, and customer service performance.

    ITT Visual Information Solutions (ITT VIS), a subsidiary of ITT Corporation, announced that it has completed the acquisition of
    Creative Software Systems GmbH, (CreaSo). CreaSo provides software solutions for data analysis and visualization and distributes ITT's IDL, ENVI and IAS software products in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and The Netherlands.

    TerraGo Technologies achieved a 24 percent increase in total year-over-year revenue and adding $3 million in funding from investors in 2010. TerraGo also added new customers in and beyond its core U.S. government business, bolstered its government sales team, and made significant solution enhancements with new and upgraded geospatial collaboration products.

    Infotech Enterprises Limited (Infotech) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Infotech Enterprises America Inc., has acquired Wellsco Inc. (Wellsco), located in Paragould, Arkansas.

    Infotech is an acknowledged global leader in the Geospatial and Engineering Services market space and over the last 18 years has built strong network engineering, product engineering, and content engineering businesses in over 20 countries worldwide. Leveraging these skills, Infotech has established a very strong presence in various verticals, including Power Utilities and Telecoms.

    PCI Geomatics is pleased to announce that
    PT Barrata is now an official distributor of PCI products for customers in Indonesia.

    Located in Bandung, Indonesia, PT Barrata's staff is focused on remote sensing and GIS related business. PT Barrata will promote PCI Geomatics technologies including Geomatica and GeoImaging Tools software to customers throughout the country.


    The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) members are seeking comments on the "Earth Observation Satellite Tasking Extension for OGC Sensor Planning Service (SPS)." The SPS configuration proposed in this profile supports the programming of Earth Observation (EO) sensor systems. The candidate standard describes a single SPS configuration that can be supported by many satellite data providers who have existing facilities for managing sensor system programming requests.

    The candidate OGC Sensor Planning Service Application Profile for Earth Observation Sensors and information on submitting comments on this document are available at the
    website. The public comment period closes on September 16, 2010.

    Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announces that Dr. Robert Austin has assumed the position of President of the association. In accordance with association bylaws, Austin will complete the unfilled term of his predecessor then serve his regular term through the end of 2011.

    Dr. Austin, Manager of Enterprise Application Integration, City of Tampa, has a long history with GITA, including serving as chair of the 1991 Annual Conference in San Diego when the association was known as AM/FM International. He has previous experience as a member of the board of directors and has participated in nearly every committee within the association. Long active on the international front, Austin also was instrumental in facilitating the creation of the Australia/New Zealand affiliate in the early 1990s. More recently, Austin assisted in GITA's Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration (GECCo) initiative and also helped organize the Central Florida Chapter of GITA.

    Azteca Systems, Inc. reports visible growth indicators including expanded corporate office space, increased staff, and a growing number of customer sites as well as continuing expansion at existing sites. Azteca credits strong and continued success to the powerful yet flexible nature of Cityworks, its industry-leading product line, the company's customer-driven approach, and the market need for automating work flow processes.

    SuperGeo Technologies develops 'Economic and Social Indicator GIS' for Academia Sinica, the most preeminent academic institution in Taiwan. It is an integrated platform with thematic maps and statistical charts on WebGIS, providing important references for researchers and policy-makers.

    The Research Center for Humanity and Social Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, plans to integrate economic and social indicators with a WebGIS platform, called Taiwan Economic and Social Indicator GIS.

    GeoEye, Inc. announced that it completed its offer to exchange Senior Secured Notes registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, for all of the Senior Secured Notes that were previously issued in a private placement.

    New Products introduces SkyGuard Online, an interactive mapping system that uses the ESRI, Inc. ArcGIS 10 Enabled technology to help businesses track how weather will impact their operations.

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