July 18, 2011
Esri UC 2011 Plenary & Keynotes
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Snowflake Software, a participating organisation in the Annex II & III data specification testing, announced its support for testing at the INSPIRE Conference in Edinburgh.

Taking a multifaceted approach, Snowflake aims to support participants in Annex II & III testing with their ‘You do it; we do it; we do it together’ philosophy, with an emphasis on supporting organisations through the testing process in a way that best suits their needs. Testing runs for four months from 20 June to 21 October 2011.

ITT Corporation announced a new initiative to support the integration of its software technology with the ArcGIS platform from Esri.  ITT’s new Industry Solutions initiative will take advantage of ENVI tools in ArcGIS to build models and workflows that add image analysis functionality to industry specific applications for GIS users.  The models and workflows will deliver image analysis solutions for natural resources, government, and defense and intelligence applications, allowing GIS users to easily extract meaningful information from imagery for more accurate and timely decision making.


GeoDecisions is pleased to announce that Kevin J. Switala, GISP, has been named a vice president. Based in the firm’s Philadelphia, Pa., office, Switala previously served as the director of homeland security and public safety, responsible for coordinating marketing, business development, project management, and support of geospatial technology projects for domestic and foreign government agencies. He has been instrumental in capturing and effectively managing multiple projects throughout the Middle East, facilitating GeoDecisions’ presence overseas.

New Products

Zebra Imaging announced  that the company is launching a software add- in that will allow Esri users to print their 3D data in a holographic display for true 3D presentations and analysis. Zebra Imaging has created over 10,000 3D maps of areas of interest for the U.S. Department of Defense and is now bringing this unique 3D capability to Esri ArcGIS® Desktop 10 users. 

PenBay Solutions LLC (PenBay) announced that it will begin the rollout of its InVision Solution Suite for Facilities GIS solutions at Esri’s annual International User Conference in San Diego on July 11.

The InVision Solution Suite was developed to provide facility executives with packaged GIS solutions for maximizing cost savings, performance and safety of their facilities over the entire facility life cycle. 

Melissa Data Corp, a developer of high performance data quality and address management solutions,  announced the release of its new Contact Verification plug-in designed for Pentaho Data Integration (formerly Kettle). Using a visually-driven user interface, and powered by Melissa Data's Contact Verification engine, the integrated component will parse, validate, correct and standardize U.S. and Canadian addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and full names. The powerful new tool will also geocode addresses to provide latitude/longitude coordinates in addition to other geographic information.

LizardTech, a division of Celartem Inc. and a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial content, announced the release of a plug-in for ArcGIS Desktop 10, adding support for MrSID Generation 4 (
MG4) files within Esri desktop products.

Cutting Edge Networked Storage, the manufacturing partner for Esri’s Windows and Linux based turnkey servers to the geospatial information systems (GIS) community, will debut their new green storage technology for the cloud in Booth 1216 at the Esri International User Conference, July 11 – 15, 2011 in San Diego, CA.

The new Power Saving Cloud Archive (PSCA) is a highly cost-effective, flexible high-density multi-tiered storage solution that boasts extremely high performance and scalability, low acquisition cost, up to 90% power savings and a new low in total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) for organizations that are struggling to address the relentless flood of unstructured data, and longer retention times
all the while trying to keep capital and operating expenses low.  Moreover, PSCA is the ideal solution for today’s power hungry storage environments where the cost to provide power and cooling for storage systems now actually exceeds the cost to acquire the equipment being powered and cooled.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is partnering with the
Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and
ParksByNature Network to offer a state parks and forests mobile app for smart phones.

The software has both free and paid versions that are available through the Apple App Store and Android market. The paid version, which includes additional GPS features, costs $3.99. 

iWay GPS Navigation is a complete and versatile navigation system for iPhone which guides end users throughout their journey with clear and precise vocal instructions, using Acapela voices. Polyglot, iWay speaks 20 languages and it leads the way through 193 countries. By foot, bike or car, you will take your eyes off the screen and simply be guided by one of the 45 voices selected by Soleasoft, the developer of iWay, from Acapela's extensive voice-portfolio.

ComponentOne has formed a partnership with
Esri, the market leader in geographic information system (GIS) technology.

ComponentOne's Director of Business Development Todd Schick announced that ComponentOne's user-interface controls will be powered by Esri's mapping software in the third quarter of 2011.

Hexagon Geosystems’ Geospatial Solutions Division and
Z/I Imaging are pleased to announce the release of the Z/I DMC II 250 camera, the newest member of the Z/I DMC II camera family. With the Z/I DMC II 140, 230 and 250,  Z/I Imaging is now offering three different camera configurations for a large variety of different airborne mapping applications.

Brand New Lens Design for Unmatched Image Quality -- the DMC II 250 offers an extremely large footprint and wide swath width that reduces the number of images and stereo models required for a specific area and thus increases productivity. The unique 250 Megapixel PAN camera head includes the largest single frame CCD available in the industry, resulting in the highest geometric accuracy and radiometric quality of any large format frame airborne camera today.

CoreLogic announced  the introduction of a new offering that will help emergency responders and local governments improve their emergency planning, preparedness and response efforts in the event of a natural hazard. The new offering from CoreLogic bundles the company's detailed natural hazard geospatial data, risk models and comprehensive parcel database to provide city and county officials a more accurate picture of potential hazard exposure in their region.

Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI), a Colorado laser-based designer and manufacturer, announces another breakthrough product by releasing the TruPulse 360 R, a rugged and waterproof version of the most popular professional measurement and mapping laser in the world.

TomTom launches Custom Area Analysis, an important historical traffic product which gives customers access to highly granular speed and bottleneck information for road networks around the world. The product supports traffic modeling and analysis of road conditions and traffic performance. By providing a complete view of what is happening across the global road network, Custom Area Analysis enables enterprises and governments to better understand and more efficiently manage their local areas.

TomTom announces the beta release of the 2010 U.S. Census block boundary product. By being the first to market with this critical information, TomTom enables its partners to begin analyzing the impact of the Census 2010 integration on their processes and products months in advance. The full release of Census data is scheduled to be completely integrated and available in the December release of the TomTom MultiNet digital map product suite.

DigitalGlobe debuted its Global Basemap subscription service at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego. Based on the company's comprehensive and constantly refreshed ImageLibrary, and powered by its Cloud Services platform, Global Basemap gives customers fast and easy online access to existing and newly collected imagery so that they have the visual information needed to make critical decisions.

Following a successful launch
BlomDESKTOP Viewer version 2.0 has been released, with enhanced features and a collection of new functionalities, tools and datasets. BlomDESKTOP Viewer now offers advanced visualisation, navigation, measurement, interrogation and exportation capabilities while having the ability to connect to online hosted data via either external WMS or
Blom’s online
BlomURBEX3D platforms.

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