The latest roundup of geospatial industry news includes a software announcement from ThinkGeo, a new discussion over at Esri’s Spatial Roundtable, as well as company announcements from Topcon, Critigen, PCI Geomatics, Bentley, SuperGeo, and SSTL.
ThinkGeo has launched Map Suite Windows Phone Edition. The launch is aimed at allowing developers to implement interactive maps to Windows Phone 7 devices through the use of a simple Visual Studio .NET control.
The Wall Street Journal, as part of an article about the use of remote asset management technology for the construction industry, noted the use of Topcon equipment.
Esri has highlighted the use of hot-spot analysis using Esri software to help “identify geographic locations with people who are eligible for but not receiving WIC services.” The study was undertaken by the California Department of Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH).
The latest Esri Spatial Roundtable involves a discussion about the role of GIS in improving the insurance claims management process. The discussion is being led and mediated by Mark McCoy, Esri’s global insurance industry manager, who states, ”Information that is available through GIS can be accessed to identify customers in an impact area, plan triage support, and calculate maximum potential loss in real time. This information can also be shared remotely, giving adjusters access to data, such as pictures and claims forms, that improves effectiveness in the field.”
Critigen has become a GeoEye Channel Partner, making it a reseller of resell GeoEye’s high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery and LiDAR products as well as allowing direct access to GeoEye’s vast imagery archive and the ability to commission new collection of imagery.
PCI Geomatics has donated trees to the City of Gatineau in Canada for the purpose of helping to enhance the local ecosystem and the environment.
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water has deployed Bentley’s ProjectWise.
SSTL will launch the NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia 17th August 2011. Both NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X will be launched into the Disaster Monitoring Constellation, where they will assist with disaster relief and global environmental monitoring campaigns alongside satellites from other consortium members ASAL (Algeria), BLMIT (China), Deimos Space (Spain) and SSTL (UK).
The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources of Fiji has selected SuperGeo’s GPS Learning CD.