Do DigitalGlobe and GeoEye Complete each other?

Do DigitalGlobe and GeoEye Complete each other?

Yes. At least that’s what Walter Scott, founder of DigitalGlobe, thinks about the companies’ proposed merger. OK, the combined entity will be known as DigitalGlobe, but while this looks on the face of it to be a thinly veiled buyout, title aside this cannot be much farther from the truth. If one actually looks at the various terms of the deal and its benefits to the companies, it is increasingly looking like GeoEye is the missing piece in DigitalGlobe’s puzzle.

DigitalGlobe and GeoEyeWhile there is no doubt that the merger will certainly help the companies in many ways, one cannot but help wonder if the deal got its final push after the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) elected to cut GeoEye’s share of a 10-year contract vehicle called EnhancedView, Oh, and DigitalGlobe’s part of the contract has been left intact. The terms of the deal and how it affects the companies will be discussed later, but first the benefits.

There is no doubt that combining the synergies of the two companies will certainly open up new revenue streams for each while also bolstering their offerings. One very important advantage is that while both the companies rely on the US government for 60% of their revenues, the combined entity will draw only around 50% of its revenues from the US government, helping the companies diversify their revenue streams. DigitalGlobe’s Scott expects the merged company to be able to manage its total satellite constellation more efficiently, while also taking advantage of the capabilities of each of the sensors. To quote Scott, “…in some aspects 1+1 is more than 2.”

There are other advantages available to the combined entity as mentioned by GeoEye CEO Matt O’Connell was the satellite imagery business outside the US, while also allowing it to compete with other collection methods, such as aerial imagery collected from UAVs. Scott even added that the deal enables the companies to be in a better position to compete against foreign government-subsidised systems like France’s Astrium.

Now coming back to the contract, GeoEye is currently negotiating conditions of NGA’s remaining $70 million in cost-share payments related to the GeoEye-2 satellite scheduled for launch in early 2013. The NGA has proposed to renew EnhancedView for just three months starting in September, with a nine-month option to be exercised subject to the availability of funds. The deal would see NGA pay GeoEye $39.75 million over the three months beginning September 1, and an additional $119.25 million over the following nine months if funds are available.

The original contract would have paid GeoEye $12.5 million per month from NGA until GeoEye-2 was deemed fully operational around September 2013, following which the monthly payment amount would increase to $27.8 million. The modified contract calls for $70 million in co-payments for GeoEye-2’s construction to be linked to a new series of milestones that GeoEye is fine with.

According to GeoEye CFO Joseph Greeves, the GeoEye-2 construction is still expected to cost between $820 million and $850 million including launch and insurance, with GeoEye having committed $718 million to the project so far. The problem here is that the NGA had previously told GeoEye that the agency may not be able to follow up on its earlier commitment that it would pay $337 million in GeoEye- 2 costs as it was no longer viable, adding that the $181.2 million already approved would probably be the final payment.

While O’Connell expects the final 2013 budget to take “months,” House and Senate are set to put in place a “Continuing Resolution” temporary spending measure to fund the US government at 2012 levels through March 2013. However, O’Connell expects a six-month Continuing Resolution to have “unknown consequences” on the EnhancedView budget. It would be interesting to see how the outcomes of the NGA deal and the proposed M&A deal with DigitalGlobe impact GeoEye, given that GeoEye is continuing to compete with DigitalGlobe on other projects such as the NGA’s GeoInt Data Services business, a five-year contract vehicle for which GeoEye is bidding as part of a team of other contractors.

However, GeoEye is not entirely at the receiving end of the deal as its projects such as its exclusive relationship that provides Google with the “all GeoEye-1 imagery in the Internet search engine space for the next several years,” will continue after the merger along with all other GeoEye contracts.

In spite of all these pros and cons, the deal still has to get many approvals, not the least from the companies’ shareholders, not to mention that of the regulators. But if it does go ahead, will the whole be greater than the sum of its parts?  Sadly, geospatial intelligence may have come along way, but it still can’t predict the future, so only time will tell…


 

Meet DigitalGlobe and GeoEye at DGI – Europe’s leading geospatial intelligence event, 21-23 January 2013, London.

The DGI Conference & Exhibition brings together heads of defence geospatial intelligence, remote sensing, GIS data & mapping, satellite imagery and analysis within the military, governmental, and geo intelligence sectors. It attracts professionals who are responsible for using, and integrating, geo based capabilities in their operations and organizations. Attended by over 800 Geo professionals, DGI is where the geospatial intelligence community comes together.

To join them, and to find out more ,visit DGIeurope.com or check back to CanadianGIS.com for more DGI Conference & Exhibition updates.

[Paper submitted & published on behalf of DGI]

For better decision-making: iVAULT 5.0 Web GIS

MISA BC Conference, Mission, BC – iVAULT 5.0 brings web GIS into the Information Technology (IT) mainstream.   This major new iVAULT release allows clients to use their web GIS publishing engine of choice, providing IT Managers with flexibility previously not available from web GIS.  iVAULT 5.0 has a new consolidated administrative interface, allowing our customers to seamlessly move between publishing engines from Esri, Autodesk, Google and the open source community.iVAULT5

The new active directory integration further eases web GIS administration by using existing credentials for logging into iVAULT. Finally, the new form designer provides easy configuration of iVAULT’s web forms allowing the IT Department to better support the user’s existing workflows.

IT Managers will also be pleased with iVAULT 5.0’s new integration engine to configure application-level integrations – eliminating messy data duplication.  In addition, with iVAULT 5.0’s certified application level integrations, our customers can rest assured that their supported integrations are being maintained with each new release of iVAULT and their integrated business systems.

Increased Return on Investment

Many of the improvements in iVAULT 5.0 provide the benefits of Web GIS at a reduced cost to the organization.

  • Liberate your application development from expensive consultants
  • Configure the Web GIS yourself
  • Deploy easily and fast
  • Reduce costs of desktop software licenses

Combine Distributed Data Sources

iVAULT 5.0 aggregates publicly available data from sources like Bing, Google, Esri and Open Street Maps together with your corporate data to facilitate your decision-making process.

  •  Use powerful analytics and work management capabilities to source revenue that has been hidden in your databases
  • Enable hyperlinking to web based document management systems to deliver service cards, as-built drawings, etc. to your web GIS

 Increase Community and Client Engagement

iVAULT 5.0 integrates crowd sourced data to provide the latest information through your web GIS.  Very quick and responsive, this can be the best way to source rapidly developing information in an emergency situation.

  •  Map social media feeds (Twitter, YouTube and Flickr)
  • Link to online map services from ArcGIS Online and Community Maps
  • Enable collaborative mapping. Share data internally and with customers
  • Work across browsers and operating systems

Deliver the reports you need through the Web GIS

Infrastructure information is important to many members of your organization.  Municipalities have gotten on-board with the document delivery capabilities of iVAULT to produce reports required to meet regulatory compliance like PSAB 3150.

  •  Search, query, edit, report, and view data from multiple business systems and locations using the iVAULT Web Module
  • Populate standard data into your database by editing forms
  • Produce reports easily, from mailing labels to asset inventories
  • Locate field assets and track maintenance from any location

 Make it Personal

 A personal experience is a better user experience.

  •  Personalize and brand your own Web GIS system
  • Manage access, reporting and editing of the database based on user login
  • Configure your own forms with the standard controls built in the form generator

 iVAULT has an innovative modular framework:

  •  Administrator Module: enables your organization to configure all aspects of the Web GIS
  • Data Editing Module: enhances your reporting, sharing and updating capabilities
  • Analytics Module: provides enhanced analytics tools for better decision-making
  • Integration Module: rapidly integrates your data and systems
  • Cloud Module: allows organizations to produce, edit, store and manage maps, data and other geospatial information through a cloud-based geospatial content management system
  • eCommerce Module: Save money, time and resources by monetizing your web-based GIS services.

Sign up for an Upcoming Free Webinar or visit http://ivault.pat.ca for more information


Pacific Alliance Technologies (PAT) is a leading provider of CAD, GIS, Web GIS 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.”

iVAULT is PAT’s Web GIS 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 easily integrated with financial and asset management software products.

 For more information, call  at 1.877.691.9171, ext.2 or email us at sales@pat.ca.

 [Content provided by Pacific Alliance Technologies]

Geomatics Institute at Fleming

Fleming College Geomatics

Location: Lindsay, Ontario
GIS Programs: Specialist Geographic Information Systems – Cartographic Specialist, Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist, Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist (online)

Fleming College GeomaticsInfo: Lindsay, Ont., is home to the Geomatics Institute at Fleming College, located at the Frost Campus. Fleming has achieved an international reputation for innovation and excellence in Geomatics education, producing high caliber graduates, who are considered specialists in the field.

The Geomatics Institute is an ideal location for the study of Geomatics technologies. The campus is located close to the Greater Toronto Area, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Trent University. Both respected organizations have provided several academic and industry partnerships that support our academic initiatives, student applied projects and internships.

Fleming offers a choice of three graduate certificate programs: Geographic Information Systems – Cartographic Specialist, Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist, and Geographic Information Systems – Applications Specialist (online).

What Makes Fleming Geomatics Unique

Some of the unique benefits the Geomatics Institute at Fleming offers are:

  • Excellent, trained staff committed to the student learning experience
  • The very latest in leading edge software
  • Partnerships with Trent University and the Department of National Defence.
  • An award-winning academic reputation backed by solid relationships with industry and government partners who seek Fleming graduates
  • Constantly evolving programs ensure our graduates are well-equipped to meet the demands of industry and government in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

Contact Info

200 Albert Street South
Lindsay, Ontario
K9V 5E6

Shawn Morgan, 705-324-9144 ext. 3012, shawn.morgan@flemingcollege.ca


If you are a student, facility or someone who has any more knowledge, feedback or comments to share about the GIS programs at Fleming College then I encourage you to share it . You can either use the contribute more info form or the comment functionality below.

 

[Note: This page was originally posted Feb. 5, 2009]

iVAULT for ArcGIS Streamlines Government Services in Canada’s North

 

Pacific Alliance Technologies is giving a presentation about iVAULT at Esri International User Conference titled  iVAULT for ArcGIS Streamlines Government Services in Canada’s North.

Date/Time: Jul 26, 10:15AM – 11:30AM
Location: Room 24 C (Esri International User Conference)
Description: This session highlights the benefits of online data delivery, including the opportunities and challenges from converting papers to digital records, and how to consolidate disparate databases for easier and more efficient access.
More details http://events.esri.com/uc/2012/infoweb/onlineagenda/?fa=ofg_details_form&ScheduleID=1915

Recently, I was contacted and asked to invite the Canadian GIS readers to join Pacific Alliance Technologies for a live sneak peak Free Webinar demo of iVAULT 5.0 for ArcGIS Server.

Learn how their Web GIS can enable your company to make better decisions and reduce costs. They will be demoing some of the most advanced and innovative functionality, including: Social Media Integration, GPS Location, System and Data Integration, Linking to ArcGIS Online and Community Maps, Enhanced Analytic Capabilities and much more.

Easy, Configurable and Affordable, iVAULT is the fastest route to Web GIS!

What: Free Webinar demoing of iVAULT 5.0 for ArcGIS Server
When: July 18 at 10 AM PDT
Registration link: Use this form on the to reserve your Webinar seat.

City of Terrace migrates to iVAULT MapGuide Open Source for web mapping

Challenge
The City of Terrace (British Columbia) hosted a public web mapping application that was developed on Autodesk MapGuide 6.5 technology. This site was used extensively by realtors, developers, the general public and internal staff to access maps, databases and reports related to geographic features.

Rocky Mountains British Columbia

In the earlier days of web GIS, the MapGuide 6.5 application was the best on the market for serving spatial data to the web due to its client side applet. However, over time, web technologies evolved and the client side architecture became a security risk and a development liability.  In 2008 Autodesk decommissioned the MapGuide 6.5 application. As a result the City wanted to enhance its online GIS services and provide increased functionality to internal staff using the latest server side MapGuide Open Source technology.

Solution
The City purchased iVAULT MapGuide with the Administration module to replace the existing MapGuide 6.5 application. iVAULT is a web based application that allows organizations, to quickly and easily publish GIS content to the web. You do not need a background in programming to use iVAULT. It allows organizations to easily benefit from linking their existing data to a location and visually see the asset you are managing adding value to your business processes.

The City benefitted from the service-oriented architecture of the iVAULT Administrator to provide a fast, scalable, and cross platform web GIS application to realtors, developers, the general public and internal staff.  iVAULT makes use of open source components to support rich access to spatial data in both vector and raster formats and provides a full suite of tools for map interaction, reporting, analysis, editing and printing. Using MapGuide Studio, the City was able to produce visually stunning cartographic maps and serve those maps to a wide audience. Pacific Alliance Technologies current hosts the new TerraMap site http://terrace.pat.ca and have written very elaborate FME (Feature Manipulation Engine) scripts. This keeps the data in the development environment within the City of Terrace current, along with the live hosted environment within the PAT collocation.

Resultslogo Pacific Alliance Technologies
The City now has a fully supported and integrated web based GIS system that facilitates quality decision making.  With iVAULT, the City benefits from improved strategic and financial planning.  It also provides reliable and meaningful access to the City’s spatial and attribute data. iVAULT’s “Self Service” approach to GIS, has introduced efficiencies in the City’s workflows and provides easy access and increased utilization of City’s existing the  resources. iVAULT provides a solution that facilitates the provision and maintenance of timely, accurate and complete data and is scalable for future integration with additional data sources.  The easy to use Administration module replaces custom development with point and click configurability- empowering Terrace staff to administer the site themselves.Pacific Alliance Technologies, a member of StarDyne Technologies, provides proven CAD and GIS solutions and services for local and regional governments. Easy, flexible and affordable, Pacific Alliance’s solutions enable government staff to manage, query and analyze spatial, attribute and Asset and Financial information. Delivered via a web browser, data is integrated from multiple sources to deliver a solution that streamlines Asset Management and facilitates self-service for the public. With a combined 120+ years of technical experience, Pacific Alliance is lauded in the industry as a GIS technology and service provider.

For more information about Pacific Alliance Technologies, visit http://ivault.pat.ca or www.pat.ca. call them at 1.877.691.9171, or email sales@pat.ca.

[Case study republished with permissiom from Pacific Alliance Technologies]

Get Rolling in 2012 with HTML5 & ESRI Technology

Event: Free Webinar – Get Rolling in 2012 with HTML5 & Esri Technology
Date: March 8, 2012: 10AM PT
Location: Webinar – Virtualy anywhere
Registration:  see the registration page

Description:  Latitude Geographics are planning on providing another free webinar due to the great turnout and response that they had for the last one. Latitude Geographics first developed Geocortex software in 1999, and since, Geocortex has evolved through several generations of Esri mapping and GIS technology. In that time, Geocortex has proven to be a success story, with organizations all over the world recognizing the value of an off-the-shelf (OTS) approach in helping them achieve GIS and web based mapping requirements.

“Computing is becoming increasingly ubiquitous; accessible via an expanding array of devices, delivery platforms, and form factors. HTML5 is a standard that will help make this reality more manageable for content authors. Although HTML5 remains too early stage for many types of production applications, opportunities exist to start leveraging HTML5 in ways that capitalize on its strengths, while ensuring maximum longevity and applicability of development investment.”

This 30-45 minute webinar should apeal to GIS administrators, GIS managers and analysts currently using ArcGIS Server platform. It will have an emphasis towards mobile users and work flow driven web browser based applications, while focusing on specific technology strategies and a more recommended general approach for getting started with HTML5 and ESRI technology.

 

GeoGeeks Fraser Valley Group

Fraser Valley

The GeoGeeks Fraser Valley Group is for those interested in spatial related things and for those who are interested in sharing that passion with others through spatial technology.

“Perhaps you like to develop custom solutions and understand APIs and programming or you’re just someone who has a use for web mapping. The Fraser Valley is on the outskirts of most of the existing mapping organizations and we want to build our own community.”

There is so much that cab be learned and shared from one another: open data, open street mapping, open source software, new technology and techniques, and more. So if you are in the Fraser Valley  area then you should get together, network  and support one other!

See check out the groups meeting page for a calender of events and to get in contact with people of this group.

[image soure: GeoGeeks FV group]

CloverPoint introduces LINE OF SIGHT

Company: CloverPoint
Sector: GIS Software developer
Address: 152 Dallas RoadCloverpoint Logo
City / Town: Victoria
Province: British Columbia
Postal Code: V8V 1A3
Phone Number: 1.250.384.3537
Website: CloverPoint.com
Contact info: info@cloverpoint.com

Company Profile: CloverPoint has been a leader in spatial software development and IT consulting since 1992. As a development specialist, they have both developed new web-based technology, including the Insight Asset Management Suite, and implemented GIS based solutions to solve their client’s challenges.

This year looks to be very promising for CloverPoint, with their first major release of 2012, they have added a new edition to their already popular Insight product – ‘Line of Sight’!

Line of Sight is a tool that is going to assist with physical security, infrastructure security, national security, infrastructure planning, insurance and risk assessment, amongst many other important functionality.

With security always a major fore front for CloverPoint, this addition provides a new form of security now visible in the Insight 3D functionality. Line of sight functionality is truly a major advancement and a big step forward for CloverPoint. Being able to see a person’s vision in real-world space will continue to help with different security measures and keep security as an important factor across all industries.

Take a look at the video of CloverPoint’s latest addition to Insight:

CloverPoint’s staff specializes in integrating convergent technologies into solutions that directly address the needs and goals of the people that use them. For additional information about CloverPoint, visit their website CloverPoint.com,  call Rohit Bhatia at 1-888–457-2724 or email at Rohit@CloverPoint.com

Simon Fraser University Bachelor of Science GIS

Simon Fraser University GIS

Simon Fraser University GIS

Location: Burnaby, British Columbia
GIS Programs: Certificate in Spatial Information Systems / Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geographic Information Science

 The Certificate in Spatial Information Systems (SIS) is comprised of nine undergraduate level courses. It can be taken in conjunction with an undergraduate degree or on its own. Students with a previous degree or proficiency in specific areas may be exempted from certain courses but at least 50% of the courses in the program must be taken at SFU to fulfil the requirements of the certificate.

Simon Fraser University GIS - Campus

The Simon Fraser University GIS program is comprised of nine undergraduate level courses. It can be taken in conjunction with an undergraduate degree or on its own. Students with a previous degree or proficiency in specific areas may be exempted from certain courses but at least 50% of the courses in the program must be taken at SFU to fulfill the requirements of the certificate. British Columbia is an international leader in developing SIS products, applications and research. The installation and maintenance of the SIS lab as a state of the art facility has allowed SFU to feed this growing industry with qualified individuals who have learned the fundamentals of spatial information systems.

The B.Sc. in GIS is offered though the Faculty of Applied Sciences in partnership with the Department of Geography and the School of Computer Science. The program combines the theoretical, practical and intellectual issues surrounding the use of Geographic Information System technologies. Graduates are exceptionally well qualified to contribute to a rapidly growing industry. They learn how to model data effectively; how to visualize those models using computing graphics; and how to program in object environments. SFU students are encouraged to participate in Cooperative Education to experience these and other career opportunities.

Contact

8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5A 1S6

778-782-3321 / geog-info@sfu.ca for further information

See the GIS B.Sc. Course page or GIS Certificate page for more details.

 [source: sfu.ca]


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ArcGIS Server & Bing Maps Token Service Update

I received a notice from ESRI Canada recently about Changes that are being made to the Microsoft Bing Maps Token Service next spring and thought that I should share it with others in the GIS community incase someone did not receive it or was not aware of the changes taking place with ArcGIS Server and Bing Maps.

ESRI LogoThe change is mainly related to the move over to ArcGIS 10 Server and should perhaps only affect customers that still using ArcGIS 9.3.1 Server with Bing Maps services. The previous version accessed Bing Maps using a unique Bing Maps user id and password to retrieve a maps token. On March 30, 2012, this Bing Maps Token Service is being discontinued by Microsoft and will be shut down. After this date, all user ids and passwords will no longer be valid, and any applications that were connected to the Bing Maps Token Service will no longer work.

All ArcGIS Server users will then use a Bing Maps key and an ArcGIS Server client that supports Bing Maps keys. A Bing Maps key is a unique identification string and is used in place of the token when making requests. Customers either need to upgrade to ArcGIS 10 Server or request a Bing Maps key from ESRI Canada customer care. Those that upgrade to ArcGIS 10 Server will notice that a Bing Maps key is already included.

For more information on using Bing Maps with ArcGIS Server can reference the ArcGIS Online and Bing Maps guide or contact ESRI technical support at 1-877-441-0337 or support@esricanada.com.