A few exhibitors caught my attention other than those previously mentioned in other APB blog reports from the ESRI UC:
TomTom (formerly Tele Atlas) is offering custom traffic data to users. What this means is that TomTom is able to offer time-slice and historical traffic data for the previous two years. TomTom’s feedback from users of their portable navigation devices has allowed them to collect a wealth of data. While the information will certainly benefit the consumer market, the field service market (FSM) will profit as well by tying the information to delivery and work order processing. In fact, even more interesting, to me at least, was a solution called TomTom Work designed specifically for the FSM marketplace. I think the solution has been under publicized and its worth taking a look.
Swinging by the earthmine booth, the company was demonstrating a new plugin for ArcGIS that makes their 3D streetview imagery available to that platform. What was cool about the application as the ability to do fairly precise measurements directly on the imagery. In the demo I saw, a user can take measurements of "street furniture" such as sign posts, water hydrants, etc. and even curb heights. Now, while the measurements weren’t engineering grade, they would certainly do for a cursory inspection.
Accela Government Software was showing their Silverlight-based interface for asset management. They’ve done a nice job of simplifying the workflow for asset inspection and reporting. For a more complete report, see my overview from this past February.
GeoEye was demonstrating 3D imagery. Users donned 3D glasses to have a peak into the data. See graphic below:
Rolta was a strong presence on the floor this year and I had a long talk with Ben Eazzetta, president of Rolta’s International Operations. With a strong suite of BI tools and long experience in system integration and top notch Oracle skills, the company is poised to become a serious systems integration player in the U.S. They are already well know for their SI work in the Middle East and Asia but are now making their presence more heard in the U.S. and has beefed up their staff within the last 12 months with professionals "ex" of other GIS companies.
BroadMap is stepping in to support NAVTEQ’s efforts to reach an enterprise GIS market but for the small to mid-size company. They are specializing in high quality boundary files and precise geocoding. Certainly there is need to service the business geographics marketplace with a less expensive data product suite and easier to using mapping product to which they are targeting their MapConnect product line.
Cartopac Field Solutions is being integrated with ArcGIS Server and the company is targeting the oil and gas market as well as the broader field service market (FSM). It’s standard field collection solution works with Oracle and Microsoft SQL in a multuser environment. The company believes there is a resurgence in the tablet PC market and is considering options such as the iPad.
Sybase, another new player at the UC has partnered with Geocove for mobile solutions for such applications as damage assessment and other FSM applications. Sybase is one of those organization that you think about historically for database solutions but their SQL Anywhere product is now more targeted for mobile applications.
I spent a good deal of time getting updates from Intermap Technologies. The big question with Intermap is whether high resolution topographic data (1m vertical average) is resonating in the marketplace. To me, it’s the next big thing after high resolution satellite imagery. Both in the enterprise GIS market as well as the automotive marketplace, I think there is a great deal of potential to utilize 3D topographic information for not only mapping but for safety, power, and fuel efficiency apps. The NEXTMaps data is 100% complete for the U.S. The company is engaged in projects for E.U. flood models and supports OGC WFS. Intermap has made a huge investment in capturing these data for the U.S. and Europe and to some degree it’s searching for the right opportunities. (full disclosure: author is a stockholder).