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September 04, 2006
About Daratech's GIS/Geospatial Public Sector Software Market Forecast
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Welcome to GISWeekly! Daratech
reported recently that the public sector spend on GIS/Geospatial software “will surpass the regulated sector for the first time in 2006. In a discussion with Monica Schnitger, senior vice president of market analysis at
Daratech, GISWeekly learned more about this trend and what is fueling the change worldwide.

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Industry News

About Daratech's GIS/Geospatial Public Sector Software Market Forecast

by Susan Smith

reported recently that the public sector spend on GIS/Geospatial software “will surpass the regulated sector for the first time in 2006. The sectors are close, with public projected to have a 39% share of all GIS/Geospatial software spend by year end as compared to 38% for the regulated sector. The growth in the public sector averaged 15% per year for 2004 - 2006, while the regulated sector averaged 7% for the same time frame,” according to the press release.

State and local governments, plus federal governments comprise the main segments within the public sector. In the U.S., interest in geospatial is fueled by homeland security and federal government-sponsored Landfire and e-government projects. Federal governments were early adopters of GIS, and continue to be big consumers, however, the federal move toward devolving responsibilities to states and localities have given those governments the imperative to adopt GIS as well. Daratech's estimates indicate that public sector revenues accounted for 37% of GIS/Geospatial software revenues in 2004, of $531 million. Of the public sector revenues, state and local governments accounted for 67%, while
33% was from federal governments.

Within the regulated sector, according to the press release, industries that are major consumers of GIS include utilities, telecommunications, transportation and education. Of these, the first two are by far the most significant. Utilities contributed 50%, or $278 million, of total regulated-sector GIS/Geospatial software revenues in 2004, while telecommunications companies accounted for 28%, or $155 million. By comparison, transportation accounted for 13%, or $71 million, and education for 9%, or $50 million.

In an earlier report this year, Daratech's
GIS/Geospatial Markets & Opportunities 2006, it was stated that “Software comprised over one-half of total revenue, with revenues from GIS software vendors reaching $1.5 billion. Leading the market in software revenues were [in order of market position, eds note]: Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI), Bentley Systems, Incorporated and Intergraph Corporation. Together, the three companies accounted for about half of the industry’s total software revenues. Other software leaders included Autodesk, Inc., Leica Geosystems, GE Energy, MapInfo, MacDonald Dettwiler, SICAD Geomatics, and LogicaCMG.

Growth is seen worldwide. For example, in the United States, the public sector interest is fueled by homeland security and the U.S. Federal government-sponsored Landfire and E-government projects. Europeans are moving quickly in this direction as a result of e-government initiatives and other imperatives.

In a discussion with Monica Schnitger, senior vice president of market analysis at
Daratech, GISWeekly learned more about this trend and what is fueling the change worldwide.

GISWeekly: What types of GIS/Geospatial software are included in this forecast - does it include applications for Google Earth or Virtual Earth?

Monica Schnitger -- We look at commercial sales of analytical applications and their underlying databases (where we can). We were unable to find commercial applications built on top of either Google or MSFT that were big enough to uniquely count. It's an incredibly interesting phenomena, though, as these technologies bring GIS/Geo to millions of people. Most use it to try out the technology, inventing all sorts of interesting (and sometimes weird) applications; as far as we could tell, though, it has yet to make it to the realm of large, commercial success, however.

GW: What do you think is fueling European government interest in geospatial?

MS: Lots of e-government initiatives, in part mandated by the EU harmonizing efforts. [Vendors suggest that European customers started later and are more accustomed to desktop technology, they have been quicker to zero in on what they want instead of building complications into their procurements. Throughout the past decade, a number of vendors have also targeted opportunities in Eastern Europe connected with infrastructure renovation management - press release]

GW: What is meant by "building complications into their procurements?"

MS: I believe this referred to the wholesale infrastructure change that used to be required for large IT implementations. Since GIS/Geo can run on desktops or be served to desktops of Web browsers, existing PCs and infrastructure can (usually) be used, which simplifies the procurement process and means it can often come in under ceilings that require massive approval processes.

GW: Are European governments interested in specific aspects of Geospatial over others, for example do you see more interest in GPS, location based services or remote sensing?

MS: I think the European acceptance of LBS is far ahead of the US and I haven't heard of the same kind of stress over GPS locators in municipal vehicles that I've heard here. I haven't heard as much about remote sensing -- but we don't have statistics to back this up, so it's more anecdotal.

GW: Are European local governments also interested in Geospatial?

MS: Yes, it appears to be across all layers of government. The usual issue, at the local level, is that government mandates may be unfunded at the local level.

GW: Are there any stats on interest or use by Chinese and the Pac/Rim governments?

MS: We don't have country by country information on government uptake in any region, so the fact that we don't have it for China is not unusual. All of our data suggests that uptake in Asia in general is slower than in North America (commercial as well as governmental). Interest in Japan is huge - especially for the personal device applications, but we don't have specific information on governments.

Top News of the Week

Franson Technology of Stockholm, Sweden, has released Franson GpsGate 2.0, a Windows and PocketPC utility that lets you run many GPS applications using a single GPS. New features in GpsGate 2.0 are the ability to share a GPS over ActiveSync, or Bluetooth. Support for Garmin software and GPS receivers. And GpsGate 2.0 will let you connect Google Earth to a normal GPS, something that otherwise isn't possible.

Serious GPS users often have several applications that they want to run simultaneously. Without Franson GpsGate, it's necessary to shut down one application before beginning another. With Franson GpsGate, you can share one GPS among several applications. Simply create additional virtual serial ports, and any GPS applications can connect to them.

Blue Marble Geographics is pleased to announce that Microsoft Corporation recently licensed the GeoCalc.NET software developer toolkit to enhance and expand the data processing capabilities required to create Virtual Earth. Blue Marble's coordinate conversion technology is used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations.

Tele Atlas, a global geographic content provider, announced it will expand its map update system with Map Insight™, an online tool that allows users of Internet, personal navigation and wireless devices and applications powered by Tele Atlas data to quickly report changes to the company. Released in limited availability , Map Insight will be made generally available during the fourth quarter of 2006.

Changes to roads and points of interest occur every day, and the ability to quickly analyze and incorporate multiple sources of input is vital to generating maps that are fresh and highly accurate. Tele Atlas already uses a combination of professional drivers, innovative mobile mapping van technology and other authoritative information sources to ensure that planned and existing changes are accurately incorporated into its maps. Map Insight adds an interactive, community-based perspective that Tele Atlas President and COO George Fink says is vital to the future of map development.

John Copple, CEO of Sanborn, a leader in geospatial solutions based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is pleased to announce that the company has been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Resources Inventory and Assessment Division (RIAD), to provide fulltime onsite remote sensing services under a five year contract.

Sanborn was contracted to provide an onsite workforce for three Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) established under the USDA- NRCS as the result of a formally advertised and competitive acquisition process in which the government evaluated cost and technical proposals submitted by the interested offerers. The program ensures more consistent, efficient state-of-the-art data collection for the National Resources Inventory (NRI), a statistical survey designed to estimate natural resource conditions and trends on the Nation's non-federal land.

Hansen Information Technologies (Hansen(R)) announced its selection by San Antonio Water System (SAWS) to provide a comprehensive Enterprise Resource Software System (ERSS) as part of a ten-year, $21.1 million contract. As the prime contractor and systems integrator for the project, Hansen will lead a team of public sector experts that include Lawson, Selectron, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle Corporation. Project implementation will span 28 months, and Blue Heron Consulting will provide quality assurance and oversight assistance throughout this period.


Byers Engineering Company, a long time provider of AM/FM/GIS software solutions to the telecommunications industry, has entered into a VAR Agreement with CT&T to sell its suite of AM/FM/GIS SpatialAge Solutions. CT&T, headquartered in North Little Rock, Arkansas, provides turnkey projects for design, right of way acquisition, construction inspection, facility installation, records update, and project closeout.

Intermap Technologies Corp. announced that it has been awarded a US$2.6M contract for collection of elevation data and radar imagery on behalf of Sinar Mas Forestry, a major pulpwood farm operator in Asia. Sinar Mas Forestry is the exclusive wood fiber supplier for Asia Pulp & Paper -- Sinar Mas Pulp & Paper Products (APP). The use of Intermap's elevation data and high-resolution radar imagery will enable Sinar Mas Forestry to manage its pulpwood resource more efficiently. Intermap Technologies will collect and deliver the data in 2006.

GeoAnalytics® Inc., an IT consulting firm that specializes in the planning, design, and implementation of enterprise information systems, announced its participation in the new SAS channel program, which will help bring SAS business intelligence software to small-to-medium and mid-market businesses throughout the United States.

Benefon has announced its plans to further strengthen its in-house technology platform, by licensing the complete mobile software platform, Opna, from its long-standing technology partner, Pollex. The Opna is powering Benefon's first TWIG branded personal navigation device, the TWIG Discovery, which will be launched across Europe in Q3 2006.


The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (R) (OGC), announces an Interoperability Day Seminar on October 4, 2006 to be held in conjunction with its Technical and Planning Committee Meetings in Tyson's Corner, Vienna, Virginia. The
event is open to all and will focus on the state of geospatial and information technology interoperability. The seminar will include a keynote address, multi-vendor demonstration, and panel discussions. Topics will include the value of interoperability and standards, and the challenges ahead.


CH2M HILL's Enterprise Spatial Solutions business announced it received first place in Geospatial Solutions 2006 Applications Contest. CH2M HILL received top honors with its Precision Viticulture solution, which uses several state-of-the-art geospatial technologies to assist in the management of the day-to-day activities of a wine vineyard to achieve ideal growing conditions and efficient resource deployment.


CARIS announced a new Vice President of CARIS USA. Paul R. Cooper has joined the CARIS executive team and will be responsible for directing all aspects of the company's US operations.

Mr. Cooper has more than 30 years experience in geospatial data collection, management and leadership in the US federal government and private industry. He comes to CARIS from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he served as an International Business Developer. There he developed business opportunities in Integrated Oceanographic Observations Systems and in the National Science Foundation Oceanographic Observing Initiative.

New Products

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the commercial release of WaterGEMS V8 XM Edition, the only water distribution modeling solution to unify modeling across MicroStation, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and stand-alone platforms.

The 2006 winner of the AWWA People's Choice Award as the most useful new product, WaterGEMS V8 XM goes beyond GIS-centric products, providing a true data-centric solution. This means that water utilities and consulting firms can, for the first time, leverage the benefits of ArcGIS integration without sacrificing interoperability with the AutoCAD, MicroStation, and stand-alone platforms.

Intergraph Corporation announced the newest version of G/Technology, the Company's solution that integrates geofacilities management with operational support and service delivery applications. G/Technology 9.3.3 provides compatibility with previous versions, enabling customers to benefit from increased flexibility and cost savings during the upgrade process.

G/Technology 9.3.3 reduces the administration required for software installation and upgrades due to version compatibility, single set-up and set-up patches. Additionally, expansion packs in G/Technology 9.3.3 ensure that organizations have access to new capabilities as they become available and with the assurance that these functionalities will be in future releases.

"Introducing Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS®" from ESRI Press, serves as both an easy-to-understand introduction to GIS and a hands-on manual for the ArcGIS® 9.1 software. This unique and exciting book is written by a leading author (Michael Kennedy) in the field with thirty years of experience developing successful books on computer software and GPS hardware. Each chapter presents two mutually supporting sections:

Telogis, a leading provider of on demand web-based GPS tracking systems, is proud to launch the most advanced version of OnTrack(TM), its complete fleet tracking, productivity, and management solution, now integrated with GeoStream(TM) mapping technology.

Around the Web

ArcPad Team Blog

Despite Steps, Disaster Planning Still Shows Gaps by Eric Lipton, August 26, 2006, The New York Times (registration required)

The Mobile Internet - are we there yet? by Margaret Reardon, August 29, 2006, CNET News.com -- After years of hype, wireless users in the United States are waiting for all the technology pieces to come together to make surfing the Internet from their handsets as easy as it is on their PCs at home.

Google Chief Joins the Board of Apple, Bloomberg News, August 30, 2006, The New York Times

Upcoming Events

Geo-information Technology Forum 2006 of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Date: September 5 - 6, 2006

Place: Beijing International Conference Center Beijing , China

The forum will be mainly conducted in Mandarin. Proceeding and press material will are printed in Simplified Chinese. Speaker using foreign language is recommended to present with simultaneous interpreter. The organizer's staff, who can speak English, can provide basic assistance and interpreter in necessary.

Mapping Your Community: An Introduction to GIS and Community Analysis

Date: September 6 - 8, 2006

Place: San Francisco, CA USA

This unique, hands-on workshop teaches the fundamentals of how to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) in a way that is particularly relevant to social service providers, planners and researchers. Participants learn to make thematic maps of their community, geocode addresses and perform spatial queries and analysis. Participants also learn to extract and map Census variables such as race, poverty, language, education, health and many other demographic variables. Exercises are designed for beginners. Intermediate Excel skills required. Each students is assigned a computer on which to work for the day.

TerraScan User Event

Date: September 11 - 16, 2006

Place: Los Angeles, AR USA

This year's event is scheduled for September 11th -16th, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Engineers, surveyors, photogrammetrists, and GIS/LiDAR professionals alike are invited to take part in this comprehensive and affordable learning opportunity.

NAVTEQ LBS Developer Conference 2006

Date: September 11, 2006

Place: Los Angeles Convention Center Los Angeles, CA USA

As the exclusive sponsor of LBS at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment, NAVTEQ is presenting the NAVTEQ LBS Developer Conference 2006. This daylong event prior to CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment will provide developers the opportunity to network with top industry decision makers. Attendees will gain valuable insight on trends and opportunities as well as advice on how to effectively launch location-based services in today's wireless world.

AGI2006 "Better Business by Design"

Date: September 12 - 14, 2006

Place: Business Design Centre London, Islington, N1 0QH United Kingdom

Year on year, the AGI conference and exhibition is acknowledged as the most significant event for all organizations with an interest in geographic information, regardless of sector. Conference Chair Sallie White (Ordnance Survey) commented; 'this world-class venue enables the integration of a vibrant conference with a bustling trade exhibition, which creates a great environment for learning, networking and commerce. I am delighted to be Conference Chair and look forward to welcoming you to AGI2006 in September'.

GIS in the Rockies 2006

Date: September 12 - 15, 2006

Place: INVESCO Field at Mile High Denver, CO USA

Historically, attendees include representatives from: local, state and federal government, the utilities industry, environmental services, surveying professionals, the oil and gas industry, retail and business marketing professionals, and other related fields. So bring a friend, spouse or coworker and join professionals in the fields of GIS, facilities management, remote sensing, photogrammetry and surveying to learn about the latest developments in the Geospatial Industry.

WALIS Forum 2006

Date: September 14 - 15, 2006

Place: Perth Convention Exhibition Centre Australia

WALIS is proud to present WALIS Forum 2006. Held every 18 months, the Forum provides an opportunity to address issues related to the management of geographic information. The Forum is open to everyone, however, is targeted to people working with geographic information (GI) or those who would like to find out how they can harness GI to improve their business. The Forum aims to provide opportunities for people within and associated with the industry to learn, network, identify potential solutions and to share and debate strategies for the future.

2006 Pennsylvania Data User Conference

Date: September 14, 2006

Place: Holiday Inn Harrisburg Hershey, PA USA

This year's conference theme is of concern to both governmental and private agencies: How Safe is Pennsylvania? Speakers will focus on how the state, communities, and the private sector are using data for planning and emergency preparedness.

IMTA (Americas) Annual Conference & Trade Show 2006

Date: September 17 - 20, 2006

Place: St. Julien Hotel & Spa Boulder, CO USA

Far North Queensland GIS User Group (FUNGIS)

Date: September 18 - 19, 2006

Place: Civic Reception Room Cairns City Council Building, Spence Street, Queensland, Australia

The non-profit group 'Far North Queensland GIS User Group Inc.' (FUNGIS) is pleased to announce the 2006 Seminar - 'Sandbags and Sandals - An Emergency Spatial Information Management Forum in the Tropics'.

GIScience 2006

Date: September 20 - 23, 2006

Place: Münster , Germany

It will be the follow-up meeting to the highly successful GIScience 2000, 2002, and 2004 conferences with over 300 researchers attending each time. GIScience 2006 will again bring together scientists from academia, industry, and government to analyze progress and to explore new research directions. It will focus on emerging topics and basic research findings across all sectors of geographic information science.

FME Worldwide User Conference 2006

Date: September 21 - 22, 2006

Place: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Block off September 21-22, 2006 now to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn new tips and techniques that will help you maximize your return on investment and improve your productivity with Safe Software products.

URISA Annual Conference

Date: September 26 - 29, 2006

Place: Vancouver Convention Center Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Go beyond basic technology and applications and contemplate issues related to designing, managing and applying information technology - at its highest and best use - to improve our urban and regional environments. Join your colleagues, peers, thinkers and doers from around the world at URISA's Annual Conference.


Date: September 27 - 29, 2006

Place: Orange County, CA USA

This unique, hands-on workshop teaches the fundamentals of how to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) in a way that is particularly relevant to social service providers, planners and researchers. Participants learn to make thematic maps of their community, geocode addresses and perform spatial queries and analysis. Participants also learn to extract and map Census variables such as race, poverty, language, education, health and many other demographic variables. Exercises are designed for beginners. Intermediate Excel skills required. Each students is assigned a computer on which to work for the day.

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