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Friday, January 27, 2006

GIS Monitor reports that Ten Sails (in my mind, Peter Batty’s company; he’s now CTO at Intergraph) and Ubisense (in my mind, Warren Fergeson’s company, he was CEO of the indoor locating company until now, his current role is unclear) merged. GIS Monitor (when I was editor) covered Ubisense in 2004.

The announcement was made on Monday, per a press release on the Ubisense page. The new company will be called Ubisense and employ about 70 in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The companies announced a strategic partnership back in 2003.

To make sense of this, you need to remeber that Ten Sails was launched as business enabler for spatial start ups and others: “Ten Sails is a new breed of business builder, offering services in strategyexecution, and transactions to location companies in exchange for equity or fees. We work with both startup and established companies.” Guess what, Ubisense was one of those. Ten Sails Consulting, the company that still does Smallworld (GE Power) consulting across the globe, is also part of Ten Sails and now Ubisense, though I’m sure of the relationship. Recall that the Ten Sails team had many Smallworld faces on it.

So, do I buy it that the boom in ultra-wideband (UWB) for indoor locating encouraged the merger? No. I suspect Ten Sails needed Ubisense more than the other way round. Why? For finanical reasons. I see this is a business deal, not a technology deal.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 09:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Very Spatial reports that Landsat 5 is back to acquiring again. (press release) It had a solar panel problem reported back in November, but it seems engineers were able to fix it. US download stations are online now and international ones will be brought up in the next week. Landsat 5 - it takes a licking and keeps on ticking!

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 07:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I like to give credit to those in marketing when they take the extra step to focus their efforts. is running a special promotion now for its custom printed topo maps specifically for adventure race directors. That’s a fairly special part of the population, but one that should be aware of its products.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 07:31 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Mexican government decided to hold off on further distribution of a map (AP) that would help those trying to cross the border into the United States. The U.S. was against the idea from the start, but Mexican officials said the reason to rethink the plan came from human rights supporter who feared anti-immigration activists would learn where potential immigrants might congregate. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps said it would use any information it could get from the maps.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/27 at 07:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Let’s be clear or let’s debate. Do you think the term "mashup" implies a semi-serious, homegrown, just for fun app…or something for commercial use (See definition). We’ve been cautioned via a letter to the editor and other communication that either the term "mashup" is misunderstood entirely or that it connotes an application that’s "not ready for prime time." There is a reason to consider the semantics here and be concerned with its usage. It goes directly to the issue of licensing. When the Google Maps API was first offered (or soon thereafter), there were constraints to what you could do with your mashup. The API was open; you just couldn’t make money with it. Microsoft’s Virtual Earth API was structured differently and written to allow broader usage for commercial applications. But while "mashup" has entered the vernacular, it may be ill-suited to describe some excellent applications with "serious" money-making opportunities…Craigslist being only one example. What’s your take?

by Joe Francica on 01/27 at 06:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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