Jack Hild from Digital Globe at DGI 2013

Jack Hild, Interim Chief Information Officer for Digital Globe speaks to DGI’s Online Editor Dan Mellins-Cohen at DGI 2013 about the  use of imagery and their use of geospatial information. Context from the video included below … 

Jack Hild from Digital Globe at DGI 2013

Maybe you could tell us a bit more about your chosen topic this morning?

The presentation today really talked about the four areas of commercial imagery. It goes from looking at the advances in resolution and accuracy, which are pushing towards the limits right now. I talked a little bit about the speed, so the time it takes to take an image and then get it to a user, dramatic improvements in that over the last five years or so. Then I closed with talking about content, content is really what it’s all about these days. [Lancehead 00:00:56] started it 40 years ago, but we’re seeing more advances in sensors and more and more people are figuring out ways to manipulate all of those bands to discover new things.

So this is really, I think, one of the biggest things, this interoperability and collaboration. What are some of the biggest projects that you’re working on collaboratively and in that what some of the biggest challenges have been?

Obviously collaboration’s a huge theme here, I’ll do a real quick shout out for the NGCP, because I’ve heard so much about that over the last couple of days. Probably the best collaborative geospatial effort in the world.
From a Digitalglobe stand point, we’ve got one product that we’re really excited about, it’s called Global [Base Map 00:01:39]. If you think of individual country mosaics that are seamless, they’re gorgeous pictures of a country. Those are some of the things that we’re really focussing on.
What we’re expecting to do over the next year is move to a time where every day when images are collected, they’re merged into these country databases so that you truly get a constantly refreshing picture of the world. We think there’s a lot of opportunities both for government and commercial users for that.

I think one of the biggest changes that I’ve noticed certainly at DGI is this move that it’s become more than just defence. As you said, it’s governmental, it’s institutional, we’re suddenly seeing a lot more of the emergency services and similar getting involved. What kind of changes have you seen as one of the vendor companies?

Certainly I would agree with you, it’s been really interesting to watch the commercial. Governments are very mature in their use of imagery and their use of geospatial information. More and more we’re seeing commercial companies, who didn’t even realise that it was important, are finding that they can do their business better and more efficiently by using geospatial information.
Certainly the emergency [preparedness 00:02:49] and the emergency response [is key]. That’s one of the things that Digitalglobe can offer, is with our satellite constellation, we can get pictures quickly over emergency areas. We’ve developed some products that countries and companies have bought so that they can respond when there’s some emergency over their particular area of interest.

Using Location Hub to Unlock the Power of Location Economics

Using Location Hub to Unlock the Power of Location Economics - DMTI Spatial - Power of Location Economics

Recently I had an opportunity to talk ‘one on one’ with Arthur Berrill, CTO of DMTI Spatial; a Canadian geomatics based company that has been a leader in the Location Business for several years. Arthur leads DMTI’s software development and technology group and has over 25 years of experience managing architecture, design and development of large spatial software systems. His team takes customer business challenges and develops spatial solutions that help resolve their problems.

DMTI Spatial is a Canadian based company that has been providing industry-leading enterprise Location Economics solutions for almost two decades. They started off by designing a comprehensive and tightly integrated national street network database known as CanMap®, and have evolved to integrate Location Economic solutions through Location Hub® combined with a database of unique address identifiers (UAID). – More details available from http://www.dmtispatial.com

Unlock the Power of Location Economics

Using Location Hub to Unlock the Power of Location Economics - Arthur Berrill - CTO of DMTI Spatial

I started off by letting Arthur know that as I was not really interested in doing a traditional interview but rather wanted an opportunity where he could help illustrate how ‘the Location Concept’ has been driving the success of DMTI in Canada. Then through a detailed conversation combined with a full product review I would be able to help the Canadian GIS & Geomatics readers to see how DMTI Spatial has been able to unlock the ‘Power of Location Economics’. Arthur graciously provided time for a detailed discussion, some literature and use of DMTI‘s Location Hub® Portal.

DMTI Spatial has been a frequent contributor to the free press release section on CanadianGIS.com so I was already aware of many of their products like the CanMap® geospatial datasets and how the Spatial Mapping Academic Research Tools (SMART) Program has been benefiting Canadians. Therefore we did not discuss much about other products and jumped right into how critical location based information can help make important planning decisions affecting our lives and what role DMTI’s Location Hub® Portal can play.

Arthur explained that Location Hub® is like an umbrella name or brand for a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that DMTI uses to incorporate a suite of products together into an easy to use self-serve portal, allowing bulk processing of address data. It could probably be simplified into two main components; an application side and a web services side. Together they provide clients the functionality that allows them to tap into accurate, current and reliable frequently updated location data, and perform spatial location analysis all from a simple intuitive interface that is available at any time.

Using Location Hub to Unlock the Power of Location Economics - Power of Location Economics

Unlike traditional GIS that is typically built around X, Y coordinate values with attribute information and designed for more technical people whereas location analytic services uses an address as the key approach to connect attributes while defining the location spatially at the same time.

When you stop and think about it, almost nothing in everyday life uses coordinates to define locations, yet nearly all data contains address based information, therefore it makes perfect sense to have Location Hub® start with the addresses and then build a GIS behind the scenes, leveraging the most comprehensive base data available in Canada. This is perhaps one of the key components of Location Hub®, rather than referencing a single data source, it leverages DMTI’s master address repository, an extensive data base of data, kept current through a rapid, agile, frequent update cycle.

“The Master Address Repository is the largest nationally sourced Canadian geospatial database cross-referenced from more than 7,300 federal, municipal and public partnerships. The data is further augmented through content provided by our partner ecosystem to provide a single point of reference for address and address related content such as name and phone number, land use, property type, demographics, property details and much more.”

Using Location Hub to Unlock the Power of Location Economics - Location Hub ButtonsEnd users (who most often do not have much or any GIS technical background) are then supplied with attribute rich properly formatted geocoded spatial data that defines location while telling a story about those locations and the information within. After the input data is cleaned, formatted and processed, any gaps found within the uploaded files are filled in to include any missing addresses within the same geographic boundaries and duplicated data is consolidated or removed.

The target audience for Location Hub® has been typically commerce, enterprise and government but could virtually be anybody that had a database or spreadsheet of address based information. Many organizations have large data sets or lists of address but no way of providing standardized data matched or processed with accurately up to date base-data.

Built around a philosophy of the end user (What do they need? What could they use?), Location Hub® has been carefully planned with the “customer” in mind. Delivered through an interactive web interface, that is typically different than most traditionally GIS software, designed simple enough that almost anybody can use it. All the different address recognition algorithms are hidden behind the scenes so no one needs to know which ones they should be using and just feed in the data and the decisions with results are provided through end data and a detailed report.

DMTI Spatial claims that their location success lies in how they leverage technology expertise, a strong partner network and a reliable Canada-wide address database. They also claim that quality, precision and the industry’s strongest address recognition engine, make Location Hub® Canada’s most trusted source for location-based information.

Using Location Hub to Unlock the Power of Location Economics - DMTI Spatial - Location Hub

Next in part II of this feature I will take a closer look at the Location Hub® Portal to check out the simple, intuitive interface with lightning speed processing and see how well it performs at cleaning, standardizing, validating and geocoding address records. And see how well it provides the ‘Power of Location’.

DMTI Spatial offer free trials of the Location Hub® Portal and like most of my product reviews I always encourage others to try out the service or product for themselves, all you need to get started is either a CSV or XLS file containing address based data. To register for immediate access to a free trial go to https://lhp.dmtispatial.com/Registration/Register.aspx

Click Here [available soon] to continue to Part II of Using Location Hub to Unlock the Power of Location Economics – “Location Hub® Product Review” or Click Here to return to Main Feature Page

Business Geomatics and the Power of Location Economics

Many of us do not realize but a number of factors are involved when businesses establish new locations, quite often it is dependent on what product or services they offer or produce, however these days more and more are taking advantage of the ‘Power of Location Economics’. Location economics, unlike product differentiation strategies (where products or services are created different in order to attract more customers), addresses economic activities such as where people are located in order to produce or sell similar products in an existing market while maximizing their accessibility and profits.

Address recognition algorithms Over the past decade or so the GIS and Geomatics industry has been rapidly evolving and has crossed over into virtually almost every other industry and market, to the point where most people quite often do not even realize that they are using some aspect of geomatics. A common trend happening everywhere these days is …

DMTI Spatial Acquired by Neopost

Toronto, ON – 17 October, 2013 – DMTI Spatial, the Canadian leader in location-based data quality solutions, today announced it has been acquired by Europe-based mail room solutions provider Neopost.

The European leader and global supplier of mail solutions, Neopost is progressively building a portfolio of new activities to enhance its offer and support its clients’ needs in areas of Customer Communications Management, Data Quality and Shipping Solutions, including logistics and traceability.  Neopost has a direct presence in 30 countries, with 6,000 employees and annual sales of €1.1 billion in 2012. Its products and services are sold in more than 90 countries.

DMTI Spatial Acquired by Neopost

“The DMTI team is thrilled to be joining Neopost,” said John Fisher, CEO, DMTI Spatial. “This acquisition will benefit DMTI and most importantly, our customers. Being part of Neopost’s large, multinational organization will provide DMTI with the necessary investment and resources to enhance our rich, location-based solutions for our customers and partners and extend them to new markets and new geographies.”

The acquisition will enable both companies to deliver exceptional product and software offerings to a global market. DMTI Spatial will join Neopost’s Data Quality business unit. Location based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions developed by DMTI Spatial are readily adaptable to other countries and cultures and effectively complement Neopost’s portfolio of customer and address-focused solutions.

According to Gartner, the market for data quality tools has become highly visible in recent years as more organizations understand the impact of poor-quality data and seek solutions for improvement. Neopost/Human Inference is positioned in the visionaries’ quadrant of Gartner’s influential 2013 Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools, a market that was approximately $960 million in software related revenue at the end of 2012.

 “We are committed to DMTI’s product line of location based services,” said Enno Ebels, Executive Vice President Customer Information Management, the Data Quality Solutions unit of Neopost. “Neopost will invest into further growth and expansion of their core Geospatial Information System (GIS) and SaaS offerings, which we see as a perfect complement to our existing and future address, customer and Master Data Management related solutions.”

About DMTI Spatial Inc. –DMTI has been providing industry leading enterprise Location Intelligence solutions for more than  two decades to Global 2000 companies and government agencies.  DMTI’s world-class Location Hub® platform uniquely identifies, validates and maintains a universe of location-based data.  DMTI is the creator of market leading Mapping Solutions and maintains the gold standard for GIS location-based data in Canada.

About Neopost – Neopost is the European leader and the number two world-wide supplier of Mail Solutions as well as an increasingly significant player in the fields of Customer and Shipping Solutions. As a provider of mailroom equipment, Neopost supplies the most technologically advanced solutions for franking, folding/inserting and addressing, providing a full range of services, including consultancy, maintenance and financing solutions. Neopost is also progressively building a portfolio of new activities to enhance its offering and support its clients’ needs in the fields of Customer Communications Management, Data Quality and Shipping Solutions, including logistics management and traceability. Neopost has a direct presence in 30 countries, with 6,000 employees and annual sales of €1.1 billion in 2012. Its products and services are sold in more than 90 countries.

Electrical Safety Authority chooses DMTI Spatial solutions

Electrical Safety Authority chooses DMTI Spatial solutions to enhance service delivery with location based solutions

ESA uses DMTI ‘s Location Hub technology to power an online contractor selection tool ,that locates licensed electrical contractors in Ontario, and to support its call centre in the scheduling and assigning of inspectors 

TORONTO – September 19, 2013– DMTI Spatial Inc. (DMTI), Canada’s leading provider of Location Intelligence solutions, today announced a multi-year agreement with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).

ESA will continue to use DMTI’s Location Hub to power an online tool that uses location data to help users find local licensed electrical contractors. In addition, DMTI’s services will be used to support ESA call centre operations resulting in an enhanced measure of customer service overall.DMTI Spatial

“It is critical that ESA provide public access to licensed electrical contractors, and that ESA inspectors can easily locate work sites,” said Bohdan Baluta, Director of Information Technology at Electrical Safety Authority. “DMTI helps us do this with accurate, location-based solutions that   offer consumers a choice of licensed contractors, and allow inspectors to plan routes that will maximize the number of inspections they are able to perform.”

DMTI developed a custom front-end for its Location Hub solution, enabling the public to search for licensed electrical contractors in the right community. For those Ontarians without internet access — including anyone experiencing an electrical failure — ESA’s call centre can provide the information over the phone. DMTI also designed and built a mapping interface for ESA’s call centre application so that call centre representatives can now assign inspectors according to location. The system uses GPS coordinates (longitude and latitude) which are passed to ESA’s internal SAP system to schedule inspectors, who ensure the work completed by the electrical contractors adheres to the standards as prescribed by the Ontario Electric Safety Code (OESC).

“DMTI has helped ESA enhance their customer service through improved capabilities and more efficient use of personnel,” said Phil Kaszuba, Vice President and General Manager at DMTI Spatial.

Location Hub Portal is a SaaS-based service that validates and corrects Canadian addresses for complete accuracy. It also assigns geographic coordinates to allow addresses to be placed on a map with high precision. The service reviews and compares users’ uploaded proprietary address data against DMTI’s comprehensive national database.

ABOUT DMTI

DMTI has been providing industry leading enterprise Location Intelligence solutions for more than a decade to Global 2000 companies and government agencies.  DMTI’s world-class Location Hub platform uniquely identifies, validates and maintains a universe of location-based data.  DMTI is the creator of market leading Mapping Solutions and maintains the gold standard for GIS location-based data in Canada.

 ABOUT Electrical Safety Authority

The Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) role is to enhance public electrical safety in Ontario. As a delegated administrative authority acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario, ESA is responsible for administering specific regulations related to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, the licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians, electricity distribution system safety, and electrical product safety. ESA works extensively with stakeholders throughout the province on education, training and promotion to foster electrical safety across the province. More information on the Electrical Safety Authority can be found on its website, www.esasafe.com, through Twitter @HomeandSafety and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ElectricalSafetyAuthority

 

St. John’s Declaration (Help Improve Geographic Literacy in Canada)

Last month at the Canadian Association of Geographers conference in St.John’s, Newfoundland, a group of concerned geography educators came together to discuss deficiencies in geographic knowledge, work on a strategy and create an action plan to help geographic education in Canada. St. John’s Declaration is a document that resulted from the meeting that will be sent out to all the major educational institutes and professional organizations to seek their endorsements for the cause.

“The Canadian GIS & Geomatics website has been a long standing supporter of Geography & GIS Awareness in Canada, and in support geographic learning, teaching and research that is the foundation of the Canadian geomatics sector, supports the St. John’s Declaration for Advancing Geographic Education.”

GIS and Geomatics Jobs on LinkedIn

For years now LinkedIn has proven to be a powerful online career tool that people have been including in their job hunting arsenal of tools. Besides some the more obvious features that it provides (such as online portfolios, resumes available 24/7, job postings and recruiters) it has allowed people to network with others in the same industry much easier, often connecting with people well beyond their geographic regions.

The Canadian GIS & Geomatics group  for example has grown to over 2000 members in the past year, and contains a wide range of active geomatics people from Newfoundland to British Columbia who have a wide range of backgrounds, knowledge and experience (GIS, Cartography, Remote Sensing, LIDAR, Surveying etc.).

New and Improved iMapBC Benefits Economy

colour-iMapThe Province of B.C. launched a new version of iMapBC. This popular public mapping tool can be freely used to visualize and analyze hundreds of geographic government datasets. Content includes location of municipalities, public and private property, land use tenures, heath regions, roads, rivers, and topography.

 As a reliable source of up-to-date and authoritative data, iMapBC helps inform a broad range of decision makers from oil and gas companies to First Nations. This means they spend less time doing paperwork both inside and outside government, and more time developing projects that generate jobs for British Columbians.

iMapBC can help simplify the regulatory process for the province’s expanding oil and gas industry, a major driver of the provincial economy. For example, before oil and gas companies can start work, their development plans must be approved by the BC Oil and Gas Commission. To obtain approval, their plans must include actions to protect the rights of others in the area, such as landowners or other tenure holders. This could range from guide outfitters to other oil and gas companies.

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TomTom chooses DMTI Spatial as provider of Canadian location data

TomTom chooses DMTI Spatial

Quality and precision led to DMTI’s selection by world’s largest navigation solutions provider

Markham, ON – July 10th, 2013. DMTI Spatial Inc. (DMTI), Canada’s leading provider of location intelligence solutions, has reached an agreement with TomTom, a leading provider of navigation and location-based products and services. DMTI will provide high precision Canadian address points and other geospatial data to TomTom for the company’s GPS navigation systems and offerings.

“DMTI will help take TomTom Maps to the next level in Canada, by helping to make our map products even more accurate,” said Eszter Pattantyus, Vice President, TomTom Maps. “Millions of drivers use TomTom data every day; therefore, precision is absolutely crucial to us so that we can provide the best navigational experience.”

“TomTom’s decision to use data from DMTI further validates our position as the market leader for location based data services in Canada,” offered Phil Kaszuba, DMTI’s Vice President and General Manager. “TomTom has a reputation for high quality navigation solutions and we are proud to partner with them to bring our nation’s best location data to Canadian consumers where and when they need it.”

About DMTI Spatial Inc.DMTI Spatial

DMTI has been providing industry-leading enterprise Location Economics solutions for almost two decades to Global 2000 companies and government agencies. DMTI’s world-class Location Hub® platform enables real-time decisions by uniquely identifying, validating, analyzing and maintaining a universe of location-based data. Through a strong partner ecosystem, DMTI enables its customers to use location as a frame of reference to enrich customer, prospect, vendor and infrastructure insight with a wide variety of attributes to better identify risk and opportunity.

About TomTom
Founded in 1991, TomTom (TOM2) is a leading provider of navigation and location-based products and services. TomTom maps, traffic information and navigation technology power automotive in-dash systems, mobile devices, web based applications and government and business solutions.

TomTom also designs and manufactures its own location-based products including portable navigation devices and fleet management solutions, as well as GPS-enabled sports watches. Headquartered in Amsterdam, TomTom has 3,500 employees worldwide and sells its products in over 35 countries.

For further information, please visit www.tomtom.com

iVAULT Web GIS Mobile

iVAULT Web GIS Mobile is released!

Vancouver, BC – June 3rd, 2013 – Pacific Alliance Technologies announced today that they have released  iVAULT Mobile and that it has has exceeded clients expectations. iVAULT Mobile was first released to some of their clients and who tested and provided  feedback that was incorporated into the final version.

“I like how iVAULT Mobile feels and it is working extremely well” – Richard Bennett, Geomatics Manager – City of Lloydminster

“iVAULT Mobile has significantly increased information accessibility by connecting to millions of iOS devices. It puts a large amount of detailed information on a very portable device” – Lionel Wang, GIS Coordinator – City of Port Coquitlam

iVAULT Mobile allows access to organization’s Web GIS from anywhere. Using iVAULT Mobile in the field, users are able to:iVAULT Web GIS Mobile on iPhone

  • Zoom to current location and view nearby assets
  • Create, edit, and analyze CAD and GIS data
  • Provide easy and timely data collection
  • Maintain the corporate database from the field
  • Increase productivity of the mobile workforce
  • Improve efficiency and accuracy of field operations
  • Increase citizen engagement

Workflows

With iVAULT Mobile, your business workflows can be enhanced by connecting them to field assets.

  • Some municipal operations that iVAULT Mobile can support and enhance:
  • As-built inspection
  • Bylaw infraction
  • Fire hydrant maintenance
  • Meter reading
  • Public service requests
  • Other processes include:
  • damage assessment
  • wildlife/health reporting
  • emergency response

Features

  • Full Administrator to set up your mobile site for various roles in a point-and-click interface
  • Take advantage of Mobile-specific tools, like GPS and camera, for your GIS needs
  • Work seamlessly on smart phones and tablets
  • Overlay your data on Google maps
  • Spatial tools: Bookmarks, Generate Buffer, GPS Location, Load User Layer, Measure, Quick Maps, Global Search, Redlining, Select In View, Select Nearest, Zoom To XY, Locate And Inspect Assets, Add Events, and much more.

Built with HTML5 and currently optimized for the iOS platform.

iVAULT Web GIS Mobile on IPADAbout iVAULT:
iVAULT is PAT’s web-based mapping solution that allows organizations to easily benefit from linking their existing data to a location. iVAULT is compatible with leading technologies: ArcGIS, MapGuide and Google. iVAULT is also integrated with our StarDyne sister companies’ software: Diamond, WorkTech, Vadim, Tempest – along with other leading financial and asset management software products. With iVAULT you can find, report-on and analyze your assets in the context of the neighboring historical and as-built information along with data from any of your business systems. http://ivault.pat.ca/

About Pacific Alliance Technologies:
Pacific Alliance Technologies (PAT) is a leading provider of CAD, GIS, web-based mapping and asset management software, specializing in the customization, implementation, training and support of these solutions. The company’s mission is to develop and implement GIS and Asset Management solutions that will help sharpen your competitive edge; enhance strategic planning and decision making; and increase your organization’s productivity. We configure our solutions to meet your needs. http://pat.ca/

Contact Information:
Ronnie Wahi, General Manager
rhw@pat.ca
(604)676.6000
Toll-Free: 1.877.691.9171