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Industry News, Profiles and Future Events                 

January 2016

IMIA is an international organization where mapmakers, publishers, geospatial technology companies, location-based services, content producers, and distributors come together to both connect and to conduct business in the spatial information and map related industry. It is a global organization and welcomes members from every corner of the globe. The Association is made up of three regions: IMIA EAME (Europe, Africa and Middle East), IMIA Americas (North America, South America, Canada, and Mexico) and IMIA Asia Pacific (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific).


The IMIA Report reports the current issues of the worldwide mapping industry giving members information on new products, member news, plus items of interest to those in the industry. We encourage all members to send to IMIA Headquarters their new product information and press releases for distribution. Advertising is available.   

Ted Florence
IMIA International President
Ted Florence is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Avenza Systems and directs the company in coming up with innovative solutions to the problems that plague the map-makers of the 21st century.
He is a professional engineer, who spent seven years as an international executive for a major pharmaceutical company followed by two years in the toy industry before joining Avenza in 1997 as an investor and vice-president.
Ted took over the ownership and presidency of Avenza in 2000 and since has seen the company grow annually under his watch with a number of exciting and innovative products including Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop and the revolutionary PDF Maps mobile app and digital map store.
Ted is a member of the IMIA Americas Board of Directors and is also the new president of the International Board of Directors for the International Map Industry Association.  
IMIA International Board of Directors
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International President Ted Florence
Avenza Systems Inc.
124 Merton Street, Suite 400
Toronto, Ontario M4S 2Z2 CA
Tel:  416/487-5116
Tel:  800/884-2555
Fax: 416/487-7213

Director Bruce McGurty
UBD / Gregorys / Explore Australia
Ground Level Building 1
658 Church Street
Richmond, VIC 3181 AU
Tel: 61 3 8520 6444
Fax: 61 3 8520 6422
Director Bennett Moe
120 Cremona Drive, Suite H
Santa Barbara, CA 93117 USA
Tel:   805/685-3100
Fax:  805/685-3330
Director Hans Niemeyer
Ladestrasse 16, Hoisdorf
Schleswig-Holstein 22955 Germany
Tel: 004941075676
Fax: 004941074058
Director Mani Singh
NextByte Technologies Pvt Ltd
404, Pearl Omaxe Tower - 1
Netaji Subhash Place
Pitampura, New Delhi, Delhi 110034 India
Tel: +919810290075
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Director David Watkins
380 New York Street
Redlands, CA 92373 USA
Tel:  909/793-2853
Fax: 909/793-5953
Director Andy Wilson
Victoria Litho
9 Nestles Avenue
Hayes, Middx UB3 4SA UK
Tel:  44 20 8581 5151
Fax: 44 20 8581 5161
Executive Director Sanford J. Hill
International Map Industry Association
23052 - H Alicia Parkway #602
Mission Viejo, CA 92692 USA
Tel: 310/940-7601
Executive Director Noleen Zander
IMIA Asia Pacific
147 Unley Road
Unley, SA 5061 AU
Tel:  61 8 8357 1777
Fax:  61 8 8357 3001

Are Maps Killing Your Vote?
by Stewart Berry, Director of Product Management
Maptitude Mapping Software

Every ten years, in a process that profoundly impacts American politics, the legislative districts are redrawn to determine who votes where. But because of a practice called gerrymandering "we, the people" are not necessarily deciding who represents us.
The Evidence
The United States Constitution requires that a population count, the decennial Census, serve as the basis for redistricting. Congressional districts are then reapportioned among the states and each state is divided into districts of equal population. State legislatures and many local governments work the same way. Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the redrawing of state and congressional lines must also maximize any clear opportunity for minorities to elect candidates of their choosing.
Who Dunnit?
The Representative with the Map Book in the Drawing Room
In all but 13 states, legislators redraw state and congressional districts. As you can imagine, the highly charged and competitive political environment has resulted in less than ideal boundary changes, even when legislators obey the letter of the law. 

US Topo Quadrangles
Maps for America
US Topo topographic maps are produced by the National Geospatial Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The project was launched in late 2009, and the term "US Topo" refers specifically to quadrangle topographic maps published in 2009 and later. These maps are modeled on the familiar 7.5-minute quadrangle maps of the period 1947-1992, but are mass-produced from national GIS databases on a repeating cycle. US Topo maps repackage geographic information system (GIS) data in traditional map form; this benefits non-specialist map users, as well as applications that need traditional maps.

US Topo maps can be downloaded free of charge from several USGS interfaces. The maps are published in Portable Document Format (PDF) with geospatial extensions (GeoPDF®). They can be viewed and printed with Adobe Reader or comparable PDF viewing software. The geospatial extensions provide limited GIS functionality, such as displaying ground coordinates and measuring distances and areas.

Layered PDF files allow users to turn data layers on and off. The maps include layers not present on most traditional topographic maps, such as aerial photo and shaded relief images. The US Topo median file size is 22 megabytes.

US Topo maps are produced by the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center. The first 3-year production cycle for the conterminous 48 states was completed in September 2012, and the second in September 2015. We are currently in the third cycle. Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands also have US Topo coverage. Alaska has been started, and should be complete by 2018.


Scale Mont Blanc Without Leaving Home: Google Street View Maps the Icy Beauty and Dizzying Heights of the Tallest Peak in the Alps


  • Google worked with climbers, runners, skiers and mountaineers to capture scenes at Mont Blanc for Street View
  • It involved guide Korra Pesce carrying a Street View Trekker up the Goûter Route to capture views from the summit
  • Videos and photos are embedded on the map, and viewers can 'climb' routes and 'walk' along a glacier 
  • Google said project serves as a digital record of Mont Blanc, with its receding glaciers affected by climate change
Published: 07:43 EST, 22 January 2016 | Updated: 10:00 EST, 22 January 2016

New Pulse-tracking Tech Does Away With Wearable Sensors

Keeping an eye on one's heart rate is a big part of fitness tracking, with wearables from the Apple Watch to dedicated chest straps delivering the feature to users. But what if you could get the benefits of heartbeat sensing without even having to strap on a piece of tech? A team of researchers from the Kyoto University, together with Panasonic, is working on making that dream a reality, utilizing millimeter-wave radar tech and a specially-designed algorithm.

The new technology allows for remote measuring of a user's heartbeat in real time. The data is gathered using millimeter-wave radar, and is then processed using an algorithm designed to isolate the subject's heartbeat, cutting out the interference caused by other signals sent out by the body, from breathing to general movement.
The team believes that the ability to take measurements without the need to wear a physical sensor - something it calls "casual sensing" - will make the process less stressful for users, meaning they'll be more inclined to actually make use of the tech.
While early testing in a controlled environment returned results on par with electrocardiographs, it'll be some time before the technology is ready for consumer use.

"Now that we know that remote sensing is possible, we'll need to make the measurement ability more robust so that the system can monitor subjects in various age ranges and in many different contexts," said Kyoto University's Toru Sato.

Time-Lapse Watch 'Snowzilla' Belt D.C. in 60 Seconds
By National Geographic Staff
Before the weekend's massive East Coast snowstorm dropped up to three feet of snow, National Geographic video producer Gabriella Garcia-Pardo placed a camera on the deck of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. It stayed pointed at the Federal Triangle area from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning, capturing the entire storm, which began with flurries, escalated to blizzard conditions, then moved on to drop near-record snow on cities further north. (Look for the Washington Monument in the top right of the shot!)

Though  a measurement issue has put D.C's precise snowfall totals in question, it's safe to say at least 18 inches (.45 meters) fell on downtown Washington.

Combined Video Camera and
GPS Computer Product Launches on Indiegogo
Setting up a video camera and GPS computer on the handlebars of your bike can take up a lot of space, so why not combine the two into one compact product? That's the idea behind the Camile, a new integrated action camera and GPS computer. See more at: http://road.cc/content/tech-news/176145-combined-video-camera-and-gps-computer-product-launches-indiegogo#sthash.386ZXFK4.dpuf

Esri Unveils ArcGIS Earth

to the World

Free Interactive 3D Globe Allows Everyone

 to Visualize, Explore, and Understand

Spatial Data

REDLANDS, Calif.--( BUSINESS WIRE)--Esri, the world leader in mapping technology, has launched ArcGIS Earth, a free, desktop-based interactive globe that anyone can use to explore the world and work with a variety of 3D and 2D map data formats including KML. ArcGIS Earth allows users to quickly display data on the globe, sketch place marks, measure distances and areas, and add annotations to easily understand spatial information.
To
Mobile Mapping Market by Segment (Location-Based Services, Location-Based Search, Indoor Mapping, 3D Mapping, Licensing Subscription and Support), by User Type (Individual, Enterprise), by Industry Vertical and by Region - Global Forecast to 2020
"Expansive penetration of mobile devices to drive the mobile mapping market"
The mobile mapping market size is estimated to grow from USD 10.28 billion in 2015 to USD 26.60 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 20.9% from 2015 to 2020. The mobile mapping market is driven by factors such as a rise in the usage of mobile devices to access location-based information that help make informed decisions, the growing government regulations and standards such as 911 emergency mandates across the U.S., and improved network connectivity for uninterrupted internet for accessing these solutions and services.

"Indoor mapping to gain maximum traction during the forecast period"
The Location-Based Services (LBS) segment in the mobile mapping market is estimated to hold the largest market share during the forecast period. Furthermore, as outdoor mapping has entered the mainstream, thereby turning the focus of the vendors towards indoor mapping data collection and provisioning of related solutions and services.

"Transportation and logistics vertical is expected to hold the largest share of the mobile mapping market"

Map Works: Artist Uses Recycled Maps

to Create Striking Ocean Scenes  

There's something truly beautiful about old maps. Perhaps it's the connection they hold between the world we now know and the world our ancestors knew. A documentary of the changing landscapes, maps are historical documents of the most beautiful form.

Artist Matthew Cusick agrees. Using old maps as a medium, he takes an inventive approach to fusing fine art painting with collage to create these stunning geographical works. Pieces of world maps blend seamlessly to depict raging seas and sideways rain, alongside faultless portraits of both humans and animals.

The colours employed by map makers to differentiate between land and sea add a sense of depth and texture, which almost makes the images appear three-dimensional.  To read more...
OGC Announces Simplified Web Mapping Standard
The OGC announces that the OGC membership has adopted the The OGC® WMTS Simple Profile, which defines a simplified profile of the OGC Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) Interface Standard (see below). WMTS Simple limits the flexibility of the original OGC WMTS standard for the sake of interoperability with some mass market tile distributions that do not claim to be WMTS compliant but in fact share elements of the WMTS requirements. The profile enhances interoperability between clients and servers and simplifies the task of implementing client applications. The WMTS Simple Profile proposes a tile matrix pattern definition compatible with the definition that has become common practice in web map services such as OpenStreetMap and another pattern enunciated in the European INSPIRE Technical Guidance for view services.

Avenza Systems Inc., a developer of cartographic software - such as MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop - has launched its affiliate program for PDF Maps, its consumer and enterprise mobile map app. 

Any retailer or business, including both online and physical stores, blogs, portals and information sites, can now earn revenue by promoting and selling maps directly to its customers using affiliate links on websites or by using signage with QR codes. Each map sale conducted in this manner will earn the affiliate a share of the revenue.

The PDF Maps Affiliate program is free to join with no application or setup fees or ongoing costs. Existing PDF Maps Store vendors can opt-in to the affiliate program and earn commission in addition to their normal revenue share.

"This is a great opportunity for Avenza to increase our marketing efforts and broaden our brand awareness of the PDF Maps platform," said sales and marketing director, Doug Smith. To read more...
 2016 Calendar of Events
2016 Esri User Conference
June 2 - July 01, 2016
San Diego, CA USA

IMIA Americas Annual Conference
November 29 - December 02, 2016
Omni Hotel San Diego
San Diego, CA USA
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