Intergraph hosts seminar with real-world applications and solutions that promote geospatial data sharing.

At the Map Asia 2004 conference, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions is hosting a Vision Seminar, highlighting customer case studies and demonstrating open standards-based solutions for conference attendees. Held Aug. 26-29 in Beijing, China, Map Asia 2004 is themed "Building Asia: Enabling g-Lateral Ties" and will provide a platform for the convergence, sharing and use of geospatial technologies. Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions President, Preetha Pulusani, will open the Vision Seminar at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 and discuss the current state of the mapping, geospatial and IT industry in Asia. Pulusani will present a case for the importance of a geospatial infrastructure based on open standards to promote global sustainable development and touch on recent related advancements and investments made in mapping and geospatial technology on the Asian continent.

The seminar will focus on industry updates and real world customer case studies in Asia involving commercial remote sensing and photogrammetry, utilities, communications, governments, transportation and military and intelligence industries. Intergraph customer, Beijing Xing Tian Di, will present how it is leading the switch to digital aerial camera technology and why it was the first company in China to acquire Z/I Imaging's Digital Mapping Camera (DMC) and then purchase a second camera. The Intergraph Vision Seminar is open to conference delegates and non-delegates. Non-delegates may gain entry by obtaining an exhibition pass at the conference registration desk.

In addition to opening the Vision Seminar, Pulusani will serve as a speaker during the technology trends plenary session on Aug. 28 at 8:30 a.m. and present "Asia Plus Geospatial: A Strong Voice in IT." In recent years, Asia's IT market has expanded in area and scope. The geospatial segment of the market is no exception as outsourcing has become popular, and the need has increased for enterprise systems that use open standards to integrate data. This growth translates into increased demands for IT innovations and automation on all levels, including the need for better communication worldwide to field-enable the workforce and to establish secure infrastructures. A mature market in some countries such as Japan and Hong Kong has encouraged companies to meet IT challenges globally. Organizations such as GSDI, OGC and INSPIRE are advocating the use of standards and interoperability to establish a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) to make data sharing possible in the event of a health crisis, environmental issue or a manmade emergency. All of these things combine to create a strong voice in the IT market.

A second presentation will be presented on Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. by Ashok Magan, General Manager, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions New Zealand. "Enabling Interoperable Spatial Data Infrastructures through Open Standards-based Solutions" -Policy makers need fast and easy access to different types of information including spatial data to make sound decisions. Barriers have made it virtually impossible to provide policy makers with an integrated geospatial view. These barriers include disparate data sources, proprietary data formats and limited information about the location, availability and quality of data. Spatial Data Infrastructures based on open interoperability standards such as GML and open Web services are breaking down these barriers. Often minor attention is paid to the difference between a standard and an open standard and the difference in any implementations based on them. This presentation explains some of the key terms and facts and emphasizes Intergraph's commitment to open standards.

Source: Intergraph, Aug. 26, 2004