HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 3, 2012 – London Hydro, London, Ontario’s sole electrical provider servicing approximately 410 square kilometers of territory, recently selected Intergraph®’s InService outage management system (OMS) and mobile workforce management solutions to consolidate and streamline administration of its electrical distribution control room. These solutions will fully integrate with Intergraph’s G/Technology and GeoMedia® products, which were previously implemented at London Hydro in 2006, eliminating any need for middleware or third-party products. Intergraph’s InService will supply London Hydro with an all-encompassing system of information between the field and the back office.
Intergraph’s InService solution, which includes a robust OMS with automated metering infrastructure (AMI), and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) interfaces, will allow London Hydro to utilize an integrated digital operating model. This model will serve as a single source for outage management, SCADA and mobile workforce management, as well as reduce restoration times, give accurate and timely reporting and analysis and generate comprehensive audit statistics.
Intergraph’s mobile workforce management solution, along with regionally developed outage web reporting and call-taker applications, will enable London Hydro to deliver timely responses to its trouble calls and show planned and current outages overlaid on Google Maps. In addition, Intergraph’s control room logger will provide the necessary capture/reporting and auditing of London Hydro’s work protection requirements.
“Intergraph has been with us every step of the way during our GIS implementation and OMS planning period,” explains Syed Mir- CIO, London Hydro. “We fully expect Intergraph’s InService solution to unify our distribution control, outage and field response – maximizing our smart grid operations efficiency.”
“It’s exciting to see London Hydro achieve a clearer picture of its infrastructure and be able to easily share data, both internally and externally, using InService,” states Rob Patten, Vice President of Intergraph’s SG&I Sales in Canada. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with London Hydro in support of its complete utilities life cycle.”
The implementation is expected to span the next three years, beginning with the implementation of InService OMS solution and ending with Intergraph’s mobile workforce management solution.
About London Hydro
London Hydro services the city of London, Ontario, providing residents and business owners with a safe, efficient and reliable supply of electricity. London Hydro delivers electricity to its diverse customer base through an extensive network of overhead and underground power lines of more than 2,820 km in length. This network is fully owned, operated and maintained by London Hydro, and provides a peak load of 719 megawatts , spanning a territory of 410 square kilometers. London Hydro employs 302 full-time employees, providing service to approximately 148,000 customers in the education, institutional, industrial, consumer and corporate sectors.
Visit www.londonhydro.com for more information.
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data to make processes and infrastructure better, safer and smarter. The company’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction, operation and data management of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially powered solutions including ERDAS technologies to the public safety and security, defense and intelligence, government, transportation, photogrammetry, and utilities and communications industries. Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS) is an independent subsidiary for SG&I’s U.S. federal and classified business.
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Via this Google story I learned about MapKnitter, an open source tool to upload your own aerial imagery and combine it into a GeoTiff and TMS/OpenLayers map. MapKnitter is aimed at images coming from balloons and kites.
From their wiki: "MapKnitter (MapKnitter.org) is a free and open source tool for combining and positioning images (often from MapMill.org) in geographic space into a composite image map. Known as “orthorectification” or “georectification” to geographers, this step covers the process of figuring out where images can be placed on an existing map, and how they can be combined, or “stitched” together. You are likely to have many images of overlapping or identical areas, which is why MapMill or some type of sorting is used to determine which source images to use from the original set."
This is the third and last of my summary entries on FOSS4G-NA 2012.
First, here are other pertinent summaries I found on the blogosphere;
Reminder: here's my notes, stripped from content directly related to my employer. These notes intend to provide some level of information on components that I considered interesting or pertinent. Most, if not all, FOSS4G-NA 2012 talks are or will be freely available online, many with full video recording. The program schedule is available online.
Skipped some talks that were mostly U.S.-specific
That's the second out of three summary entries on FOSS4G-NA 2012.
Reminder, here's my notes, stripped from content directly related to my employer. These notes intend to provide some level of information on components that I considered interesting or pertinent. Most, if not all, FOSS4G-NA 2012 talks are or will be freely available online, many with full video recording. The program schedule is available online.
I was lucky to participate to the first FOSS4G-NA 2012 conference in Washington D.C. last week. Here's one of three entries in which I'll share my general notes, talk notes and links to other reviews of the conference. First, I want to acknowledge and thank the FOSS4G-NA 2012 organizers for this incredible conference and the complimentary pass as a media partner. There was also a recent official press release from OpenGeo wrapping up the conference. All entries related to FOSS4G-NA 2012 on Slashgeo should be found with a simple search.
Here's my general notes, stripped from content directly related to my employer. These notes intend to provide some level of information on components that I considered interesting or pertinent. Most, if not all, FOSS4G-NA 2012 talks are or will be freely available online, many with full video recording. The program schedule is available online.
Sponsor Day Programming Highlights OpenGeo’s Vision
New York, NY, April 18, 2012 — OpenGeo, successfully held the first OpenGeo User Meeting on April 12, 2012 during Sponsor Day at FOSS4G North America in Washington DC. As Eddie Pickle, OpenGeo CEO, mentioned: “FOSS4G North America and Sponsor Day would not have been possible without our fellow Gold Sponsor RadiantBlue and Venue Sponsor RedHat.”
Eddie Pickle began the day with an overview of OpenGeo, its clients, and a vision of its future. This was followed by a detailed look into the OpenGeo technical roadmap led by Tim Schaub, OpenGeo CTO. Building on the technical roadmap presentation, various OpenGeo developers gave technical demonstrations led by Juan Marin Otero, Senior Implementation Specialist: Justin Deoliveira presented on the future of web-based spatial processing in GeoServer, WPS, Geoscript; Paul Ramsey discussed the state of Spatial IT and how it differs from the conventional desktop-based GIS paradigm; Tim Schaub presented on building applications for web and mobile audiences using the latest features in OpenLayers and GeoExt/GXP; and Matt Priour announced the recent launch of MapStory, a platform for telling stories with maps based on GeoNode. These presentations provided users with an inside view of the latest existing and planned capabilities of OpenGeo technologies.
During the Sponsor Day lunch, a policy-focused panel comprising speakers from RedHat, the US Department of Defense, and the Institute for Defense Analysis discussed policy initiatives related to the acceptance and implementation of open source software within the federal government.
The afternoon sessions began when Dr. Christopher Tucker, a key advocate for open source and open standards within the US government, delivered an inspiring message on the “Open Future”. This was followed by panels highlighting successful deployments of OpenGeo technology that featured open source geospatial innovators and practitioners from over a dozen government agencies including the US Department of State, FCC, NOAA, NGA, Army Geospatial Center, and the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication (DoITT).
Commenting on the OpenGeo User Meeting, Eddie Pickle noted, "OpenGeo is looking to provide the best possible educational opportunities for users of the OpenGeo Suite. Sponsor Day at FOSS4G North America allowed us to support both FOSS4G North America and our software users. The day proved to be an exciting and informative forum on the open source geospatial ecosystem and how OpenGeo fits into its future."
OpenGeo is a social enterprise working to build the best web-based geospatial technology. The company brings the best practices of open source software to geospatial organizations around the world by providing enterprises with supported, tested, and integrated open source solutions to build the Geospatial Web. OpenGeo also supports open source communities by employing key developers of PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers. Since 2002, the company has provided successful consulting services and products to clients like the World Bank, US Department of State, NYC DoITT, Ordnance Survey Great Britain, SFMTA, Portland TriMet, MassGIS, GeoScience Australia, NOAA and the Federal Communications Commission. OpenGeo is the geospatial division of OpenPlans, a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that informs and engages communities through journalism and open source software. All of OpenGeo's revenue has been and will continue to be re-invested into innovative and useful software in support of the OpenPlans mission.
Another benefit of my participation to FOSS4G-NA 2012 was learning about GeoTrellis, an open source geographic data processing engine for high performance applications.
From the website: "GeoTrellis accelerates geoprocessing tasks by harnessing the power of multiple cores, processors, and servers through distributed geoprocessing. By breaking large or complex tasks into smaller units of work and optimizing their execution, the framework can concurrently leverage massive computational power to produce results 10-100 times faster than traditional geoprocessing software. [...] Faster is not just faster, it’s different. For example, a truly responsive user experience makes it possible to create public participation planning tools or educational games that incorporate sophisticated geospatial models."
Its description: "Weighing just about 22kb of gzipped JS code, it still has all the features most developers ever need for online maps, while providing a fast, pleasant user experience. It is built from the ground up to work efficiently and smoothly on both desktop and mobile platforms like iOS and Android, taking advantage of HTML5 and CSS3 on modern browsers. The focus is on usability, performance, small size, A-grade browser support, convention over configuration and an easy-to-use API. The OOP-based code of the library is designed to be modular, extensible and very easy to understand."
While a user submitted a press release about it last week, we haven't mentioned the 1.0 release of the open source CartoDB project. We did mention CartoDB a few times in the past. There's also a recent blog entry on Comparing Fusion Tables to Open Source CartoDB.
Let me remind our users what CartoDB is: "CartoDB is an open source geospatial database platform that provides an SQL API layer. It allows developers to make querys to a cloud PostrgreSQL + OpenGIS database optimized to geospatial purposes. As a web service API, it is not required a certain database management system."
I'll share a bit more about CartoDB in my upcoming FOSS4G-NA summary.
Via this tweet, I learned about EOxServer, an open source server for Earth Observation data.
Here's how it is described: "EOxServer's mission: To provide an Open Source software framework to ease the online provision of big Earth Observation data archives via Open Standard services for efficient user exploitation.
This project is funded in part by the European Space Agency (ESA).