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2010 FIFA World Cup GIS mapping

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Nelson Mandela Bay was the host city for the 2010 FIFA World Cup where Spain’s victory over The Netherlands resulted in a score of 1-0 in the last four minutes of play Sunday. The site features a GIS mapping application that visitors can launch themselves.


Nelson Mandela Bay – Port Elizabeth, FIFA World Cup 2010

What’s going on at ESRI UC this week?

Monday, July 12th, 2010

This time of year my internal clock is set for ESRI UC, as I have attended every year for the past eleven years. This year however, I am not there. I feel a little strange, as though something is missing, and it is. Usually, I look forward to ESRI because of the plenary session, keynotes, the speakers, the educational focus, the vast numbers of people I meet and network with, seafood, and the San Diego sea breeze that is so refreshing compared to New Mexico mid-summer dry heat.


Instead of being there, this year I invite readers to tell me how it’s going, write into my blog or to my email address to tell me what is worthwhile, hot, a new trend, or otherwise exciting news.


Rather than writing my usual recap of the conference each day I’m there, this may be a recap of what attendees think is important. I will, in the meantime, update readers with what I hear about products from the conference.

Worldwide mobile subscriptions forecast at over 5 billion by ABI Research

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

In the Analyst Insider from ABI Research the company forecasts over five billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2010 worldwide, predicting approximately 4.8 billion connections having been reached by the end of the year’s first quarter. According to the report, much of this growth will be registered in developing markets in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Africa remains the fastest growing mobile market with a YoY growth of over 22%. Mobile penetration in Asia-Pacific will rise significantly to 65% by the end of 2010.

Intergraph to be acquired by Hexagon AB

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

In a press release today, “Intergraph Corp. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Hexagon AB, a leading global measurement technology company, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.125 billion.

Upon closing of the transaction, Intergraph will operate as a separate Hexagon division under the Intergraph name and branding.

Intergraph will become Hexagon’s core software platform and will continue to provide differentiated and vertically-focused software solutions to its core industries.  Intergraph software will also be integrated into Hexagon’s existing measurement and precision technology system markets to provide a visual presentation layer for the management, analysis and sharing of the vast amounts of critical data produced by these products.

In 2006, Intergraph was acquired by an investor group led by Hellman & Friedman LLC, TPG Capital and JMI Equity. “

NVision Oil Spill Response iPhone App

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

In response to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, NVision Solutions has released the Oil Spill Response iPhone App. The free app allows users to report oil incidents found along the coastal regions including oiled shorelines and wildlife as well as generic reports on oil related damage and oil related incidents.

Users can upload images along with their reports. Reports are available for viewing in an online map as well as on the iPhone. The app can be downloaded at the iTunes Store

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