January 31, 2011
FME 2011 Addresses 2011 Spatial Data Concerns
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Murray said they are seeing more data stores being defined in the cloud, so they will support Windows, Google and other data in the cloud format.


FME users are invited to learn more about FME 2011 by participating in two upcoming events:
  • Live "What's Great in FME 2011" webinar hosted by Safe co-founders, Don Murray and Dale Lutz on February 8, 2011
  • FME 2011 World Tour, coming to 25+ cities worldwide this spring

  • To register or for more information, please visit

    Top News

    Vast amounts of data, along with instant reports and online maps, are now available through
    Esri's web-based
    Community Analyst. With this new tool, government agencies, civic organizations, and policy makers can quickly explore the geographic characteristics of any area and develop the right strategies for policies and resource allocation.

    Optech Incorporated, manufacturer of advanced lidar survey instruments, is pleased to announce that with the recent acquisition of
    Geospatial Systems, Inc. (GSI) they will roll out a comprehensive line of high-performance aerial imaging systems.

    In June 2010, Optech took over the DiMAC camera product line with its patented True Forward Motion Compensation feature. These cameras have proven highly attractive and successful in the airborne survey market worldwide, and are fully integrated into Optech's complete line of ALTM Airborne Laser Terrain Mappers. By combining the DiMAC product line with the GSI range of specialty cameras, Optech now provides a comprehensive range of high-quality cameras for every application.

    ERDAS proudly announces the official release of ERDAS APOLLO 2011, now available for download on the ERDAS website.

    ERDAS APOLLO is an enterprise solution for managing and delivering massive volumes of distributed geospatial data and imagery. This server-based offering is available in three product tiers to suit a wide spectrum of organizations - from those that simply need a very low-cost, remarkably fast image server to those requiring a comprehensive data management system.

    Trimble launched the Trimble Mobile GIS Developer Community. The new site provides a rich and growing selection of developer tools and services, hosted within the Trimble Connected Community (TCC) portal. The online community provides members with access to software tools and services as well as documentation, a developer forum, knowledge base and support resources.

    The software development kits (SDKs) available to members of the Mobile GIS Developer Community include:
  • The GPS Pathfinder Field Toolkit: Designed for rapid development of standalone GPS-enabled applications for Win32 and Windows Mobile platforms.
  • The MobileGNSS Field and Office Tools: Allows developers to create Esri ArcGIS Mobile applications with GNSS postprocessing capability.

  • Acquisitions/Agreements/Alliances

    RapidEye announced that East View Cartographic has signed a distributor agreement with RapidEye and will join its distribution team.

    RapidEye announced that it has signed a one year framework contract with the Institutions and bodies of the European Union through the
    Joint Research Centre (JRC) for the supply of satellite remote sensing data products and services.

    The contract between RapidEye and the EC Services of the JRC, was signed December 13, 2010 and replaces the former contract with the above mentioned entities which expired in the same month.

    earthmine announced three international distributors of
    Esri are partnering with earthmine to deliver 3D street level imagery in conjunction with Esri's desktop, web and mobile solutions to customers in Greece, Korea and Singapore. These new earthmine partners join the growing ranks of customers and distributors who are utilizing the 3D street level imagery, software, and services offered by earthmine.

    Urban Mapping, Inc (UMI), the geospatial web and data service provider, and
    Tableau Software, the business intelligence software company announced they have joined forces to bring elegant mapping to business intelligence users. With Urban Mapping's cartographic styling options and Tableau's controls, customers can now create dramatic geographic visualizations of their data for better intelligence and more informed decision-making.


    Esri software users can sign up to take the Esri Technical Certification Program examinations. The program recognizes people skilled in desktop, developer, and enterprise use of Esri technology. Certifications are currently being offered for
  • ArcGIS Desktop Associate
  • ArcGIS Desktop Professional
  • Web Application Developer Associate
  • Enterprise Geodatabase Management Associate
  • Enterprise Administration Associate

  • Eight more certifications will be added to the program later this year and into 2012.

    To learn more or register for a certification examination, visit
    esri.com/certification. Exams are offered in English and are available at 5,000 locations in 165 countries.

    O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference is where the grassroots and leading-edge developers building location-aware technology intersect with the businesses, marketers, and entrepreneurs seeking out location apps, platforms, and hardware to gain a competitive edge. With the location ecosystem at an exciting and fiercely competitive crossroads, Where 2.0 will explore what's happening now, what's lurking just below the radar, and show you how to leverage location for your business.

    AAM's 3D
    Flood Simulation of Brisbane was used extensively by Australian and Global media during the recent flood crisis in Brisbane. The flood level simulations were produced interactively in 3D. This was a very effective way of communicating the impact of the flood on buildings and infrastructure and it provided a valuable tool in assessing the potential risk for the city in the days leading up to and during the flood peak.


    Trimble announced the launch of the Trimble VRS Now RTK correction data services for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg delivering centimeter-level positioning for RTK receivers throughout these countries. The Trimble VRS Now service supplies fast, easy-to-use and accurate Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning for a variety of applications including precision agriculture, surveying, construction, asset management, environmental monitoring, disaster prevention and relief, weather services and scientific research.

    U.S. Census Bureau debuts a reinvented American FactFinder , making online access to 2010 Census data -- and many more statistics -- easier than ever.

    The new American FactFinder offers a fresh look, new tools and easier access to a wide range of Census Bureau statistics. Online , you will find population estimates for 2008 and earlier years and findings from the 2000 Census. When fully implemented, the new FactFinder is projected to have about 250 billion data cells in more than 40,000 tables.

    Postcode Anywhere launches a smarter satnav service this week, which goes beyond simple A-to-B route planning to re-order multiple waypoints into the fastest “optimised” itinerary.

    The feature adds satnav integration to the online routing service RouteOptimiser.com. It enables commercial vehicle drivers to take their optimized routes with them in their TomTom satnav.

    New Products

    ERDAS proudly announces the official release of LPS 2011, now available for download on the ERDAS website.

    LPS is a powerful, workflow-oriented photogrammetry system for production mapping, including full analytical triangulation, the generation of digital terrain models, orthophoto production, mosaicking, and 3D feature extraction.

    It supports panchromatic, color and multispectral imagery with up to 16 bits per band and hundreds of different coordinate systems and map projections. LPS increases accuracy through state-of-the-art photogrammetric and image processing algorithms for automatic point measurement, triangulation, automatic terrain extraction and subpixel point positioning. Accuracy reports, built-in data quality checks, and editing tools make it easy to maintain unwavering levels of quality.

    FortiusOne announced the release of GeoIQ Acetate, a custom base map built specifically for visualizing data analysis. Acetate adds context to the map by enabling users to layer infrastructure such as roads and place names on top of the data visualization, a capability not found in traditional mapping solutions. Acetate offers individual layers of map labels, roads, colors and typography, providing greater control of how data analysis is visualized on the map.

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