IceWeb announces a partnership with Spot Image, as well as a rugged notebook aimed at government agencies in need of geographical information systems (GIS) forwarding.
Cloud-based storage network company IceWeb announced
a partnership with Spot Image, the U.S. subsidiary of a French satellite
imagery provider, to build and market a turnkey appliance pre-bundled with Spot
Image's imagery served by Google Earth Enterprise. The appliance will be
designed to offer a deployable service that delivers Spot Image's imagery to
customers as pre-built globes served by Google Earth Enterprise.
IceWeb said the availability of the appliance would help
broaden Spot Image's reach into existing customers and will enable
organizations to deliver Spot Image imagery to their users through Google Earth
and the Google Earth and Google Maps APIs. The first units are expected to ship
in January 2010. "We are excited to work with Spot Image Corporation to
use the Google Earth Enterprise platform to deliver innovative imagery
solutions that meet critical business needs," said IceWeb CEO John Signorello.
"IceWeb is very pleased to be the integration partner and hardware supplier on
which to deliver these solutions."
Dylan Lorimer, Google Earth Enterprise product manager, said
Google Earth Enterprise brings the power of Google Earth and Google Maps to
organizations that want to securely and rapidly deliver geospatial data to their
users. "Spot Image Corporation and IceWEB collaborating to offer a pre-built,
turn-key system is an exciting step toward making it even easier for
organizations to offer high quality, broad coverage Spot Image imagery to their
users through the Google Earth and Maps experience," Lorimer said. IceWeb also announced a rugged notebook computer to allow
the Department of Defence (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and
Intelligence Community to allow forward deployment Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) data into virtually any
environment. The notebook, called "WorldBook," has what IceWeb claims
is the industry's largest disk capacity, capable of storing more than 1.28TB of
data. Additional features include optional GPS, 3G Wireless, smart card reader
and sunlight readable display. Updates to the imagery can be deployed to the
field on IceWeb disk-packs and uploaded with available fire-wire interface. "The global environment today requires tool sets which
allow data assets be available wherever they are needed. The WorldBook builds
on IceWeb's strategy of providing solutions to make GIS data available wherever
and whenever it is needed. Our appliances meet the needs of desk-based users,
our MLP III product meets the needs of field deployable high performance
servers, and now, WorldBook puts this data in your lap, backpack or
briefcase," said Signorello. "WorldBook for the first time makes
critical GIS imagery available on an airplane, train, in a hotel room, tent, or
yurt. We're confident that this solution will be well received throughout the
GIS community. The ability to forward-deploy complex data sets on the highly
portable WorldBook will greatly benefit all of our GIS partners and their
clients as well as open up potential new revenue streams for the company."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.