October 18, 2010
Mobile and Analytics Technology Tracks How Mobile Apps are Used
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Originally aggregated for DataPlace by the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, the data contain important information about mortgage lending, employment patterns, racial and ethnic composition, incomes, housing prices and rents, and more at the metropolitan, county, census tract, and address levels. The data are based on federal government sources, such as the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the Internal Revenue Service, the American Community Survey, and Zip Business Patterns.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

Esri announced a partnership with
that will improve the collection and use of crowd-sourced information during large-scale emergencies. Ushahidi is a nonprofit organization that allows local observers to submit reports to the Ushahidi Web platform using their mobile phones or the Internet during a crisis. Esri is providing software, services, and training to support Ushahidi's Web platform. The result is better information more readily accessible by decision makers and the public.

PCI Geomatics announce the appointment of Geo-Alliance as Master Distributor of PCI’s solution technologies and Geomatica family of products for the Russian Federation, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, and the Ukraine.

Rand McNally, with more than 70 years in the commercial transportation industry, and
DriverTech, with deep roots in military-grade, in-vehicle mobile computing technology, announced an agreement in which the companies will offer a complete fleet management solution to the long-haul trucking market.

The mobile management solution, called Rand McNally TruckPC, powered by DriverTech, utilizes Rand McNally’s leading IntelliRoute TND truck navigation on DriverTech’s secure, industry-tested, on-board computing platform.


Putting the
National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) at the heart of Council service delivery in England and Wales can save between £15 and £24m, a recent local government report revealed. The NLPG exemplifies one of a range of uses of geographic information that leads to productivity increases in local service provision.

The adoption of geospatial information resulted in an increase in GDP of approximately £320m higher in 2008-9 than if geospatial information hadn’t been adopted. The report suggests that this could be expected to rise to £560m by 2014-5.

GfK GeoMarketing calculated Germans' regional consumer potential for around 60 retail product lines from the level of federal states down to postcodes. The "GfK Purchasing Power for Retail Product Lines 2010" study reveals stark regional differences in consumer profiles. For example, residents of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg have almost one-and-a-half as much per capita purchasing power available for watches and jewelry as residents of the federal state of Brandenburg.

1Spatial, including other consortium members,
RSW Geomatics and
Rob Walker Consultancy, has just completed a project for the Joint Research Council (JRC) on Schema Transformation Network Services for INSPIRE. The project involved a review of the current tools and standards available to the community to achieve schema transformation into INSPIRE compliant data structures. The primary objective was to develop Technical Guidance for the practical implementation of the INSPIRE Implementing Rules for schema transformation. 

The recommendation is to base implementations on open standards meaning the guidance is: 
  • Vendor neutral and supportive of interoperability aspirations;
  • Based on rigorously defined and internationally proven concepts;
  • Capable of operating effectively and automatically within the problem domain.

  • Financials

    DigitalGlobe Inc. will announce its third quarter financial results prior to the open of regular market trading on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

    The company will provide a live webcast of its earnings conference call over the Internet at 6:30 a.m. MDT (8:30 a.m. EDT) on November 2, 2010. The live webcast and archived replay can be accessed at
    www.digitalglobe.com, and will be available as a replay shortly after the call. An audio replay of the call will be available for 30 days. The conference call replay numbers are as follows: United States -- (800) 642-1687, International -- (706) 645-9291. The access code is 1604-7032.


    Jack Dangermond, founder and president of
    Esri, has been named to receive the Global Citizen Award of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association. The award will be presented on the opening day of the GSDI 12 World Conference, to be held in Singapore October 19–22, 2010. Dangermond, as the recipient, will give the lead Keynote Address on October 19, focusing on a global vision for spatially enabling society.

    New Products

    Trimble announced the release of its next generation of Trimble TerraSync software, a market-leading data collection and asset management application. TerraSync software is deployed in utilities, public sector, natural resources, and many other organizations throughout the world as a key component of enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS) data collection and asset management projects. The latest release focuses on updates requested by users to better address their changing needs.

    Trimble introduced updated versions of its Trimble GPScorrect extension for Esri ArcPad and the Trimble GPS Analyst extension for Esri ArcGIS Desktop. These tools now support the latest Esri technology, including ArcPad 10 and ArcGIS 10 Desktop software.

    Trimble introduced additions to its portfolio of Connected Site survey solutions for the field and office. The enhanced tools allow surveyors to collect, share and deliver data faster to improve accuracy, efficiency and productivity.

    Trimble introduced its next generation Trimble GPS Pathfinder ProXRT receiver, a versatile decimeter receiver combining dual-frequency GPS with Trimble H-Star technology, along with optional OmniSTAR and GLONASS support. In addition, the GPS Pathfinder ProXRT receiver is now capable of tracking Galileo test satellites for signal evaluation and test purposes.

    Carlson Software Inc. has released a new line of GNSS receivers that address most machine types and most machine control and site management applications. The new products are available October 1 as part of Carlson’s 3D machine control system product line.

    SpecTIR continues the campaign to make available the ProSpecTIR VNIR/SWIR hyperspectral data collected from the Gulf of Mexico coastal wetlands immediately prior to the oil landing onshore.   The data set consists of spectral and spatial imagery of 2000 sq km of highly sensitive coastal wetlands of the Gulf.   It can be used as baseline environmental data to aid in future impact assessments, as well as monitor changes to wetlands health, and to assist in the detection and mitigation efforts associated with the oil spill.  

    Sokkia Corporation announced the addition of two new models to its data collector lineup to expand users’ choices.

    The SHC25/25A weighs 11.3 oz (320g) including battery, and measures 3.23 x 5.75 x 1.30 in. (82 x 146 x 33mm). “The SHC25 series is the lightest and smallest data collector available on today’s market which meets the US military standard that withstands extremely rough conditions,” Walker said. “Conforming to the latest MIL-STD-810G, both models have cleared the drop tests from a height of 5 ft. (1.52m). These models are also rated to IP65 of the IEC standard, eliminating powder dust and driving rain as potential problems.”

    Applanix announced a new version of its post-processing software for Mobile Mapping and Positioning, POSPac MMS version 5.4. Designed to enhance the productivity of Mobile Mapping, POSPac MMS 5.4 features an all-new Inertially-Aided Precise Point Positioning (IAPPP) engine and enhanced smoothing algorithm.

    ArcGIS for
    AutoCAD offers significant performance improvements in its latest release including faster access and enhanced image quality of map services. AutoCAD professionals can use the free, downloadable tool to find and use geographic information system (GIS) data and imagery either from ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Server. Build 250 of ArcGIS for AutoCAD has also been updated to support 32-bit and 64-bit AutoCAD versions 2010 and 2011, allowing users to share and exploit GIS content within local files, throughout the enterprise, and in the cloud.

    Mapping the locations of photos just got a lot easier.
    GeoSpatial Experts, developers of photo-mapping software, has introduced GPS-Photo Link version 5.0 and bundled it with the latest GPS-enabled cameras from Sony, Ricoh, and Nikon.

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