National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Awards the Harris Team the “World’s Largest” Geospatial Products and Services Contracts

T-Kartor USA, as part of the Harris corporation team has been awarded the Foundation GEOINT Content Management (FGCM) contract for up to five years to provide geospatial data services to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The Harris team will utilize T-Kartor’s data-centric approach using a “One Feature One Time” database, which automatically eliminates data redundancy and ensures data currency. This approach significantly reduces the time required for processing and delivery of products and services when compared with traditional methods.

T-Kartor has successfully developed and demonstrated database-centric, seamless cartographic production for over 20 years and has consistently provided real efficiencies across domains. T-Kartor’s production approach results in real time products with significant unit cost reductions when compared to traditional methodologies.

“T-Kartor USA has been working with Harris for over eight years preparing and persuing the FGCM contract. To be a part of the winning team is the best affirmation we can receive, solidifying our database-centric strategy as the most efficient and cost effective way to produce a large number of continuously maintained products.” says COO Elliott Ferguson.

About T-Kartor USA
T-Kartor USA a Delaware company, was founded in 2001 and has successfully operated under the SSA for the past 5 years. T-Kartor USA focuses on two main domains: Defence & Security and Smart Cities, where we have a number of core specialities, including topographic, aeronautical and maritime navigation, public transport and the urban landscape. Our successful compliance with the SSA allows T-Kartor USA to supply products and services to the US Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and NATO countries across the globe.

T-Kartor USA is privately held by the T-Kartor Group, founded in Kristianstad in Sweden in 1985. T-Kartor Group paved the way as one of the first to use digital technologies to create cartographic products. T-Kartor has since experienced constant growth and now has more than 160 employees and offices worldwide.

- See the reaction (in swedish) from the Swedish Security and Defence Industry Association

T-Kartor Group expand in Europe

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In October 2014 T-MAPY who are part of T-Kartor Group completed the acquisition of Slovakian company GISTA Ltd. GISTA are a progressive organisation specialising in the development of open source GIS solutions for public and private sectors, their services are used by a number of local public administration agencies and they will continue to operate under their original trade name. The combination of years of knowledge and experience of the Slovak market from both T-MAPY and GISTA is an important development in the field of GIS.

Commercial director of GISTA Rastislav Mičaník said “We discussed options with a number of successful companies but our criteria and requirements could only be met by T-MAPY and we look forward to expanding our services to existing and future customers”. Monica Geregová from T-MAPY’s sales office in Slovakia explained that the combination of the two companies is an excellent starting point for further technological innovation and trade. She added “our Czech customers are especially aware that we can provide complex and highly specialised software solutions along with high-quality maps and we now want use our years of experience for the same purposes in Slovakia”.

GISTA is among the most important suppliers of Geographic Information Systems for government bodies in Slovakia. T-MAPY is one of the largest geo-information companies in the Czech Republic and also part of the international T-Kartor Group of companies established in Sweden in 1985. Both organisations are now looking to focus the alignment of sales and marketing activities and corporate communication with customers and business partners.

Further information in Czech can be found here
Further information in Slovak can be found here

T-Kartor and partners deliver Toronto wayfinding pilot

In Toronto, T-Kartor and project partners Steer Davies Gleave, Swerhun, Future Systems and DIALOG have delivered a wayfinding prototype in the Bay Street/Queen Street area of the Financial District. This pilot is part of phase two of the Toronto 360 Wayfinding Strategy – a multi-modal wayfinding system which is designed to encourage walking and will be a feature of the city when it hosts the 2015 Pan/ParaPan AM Games that will vastly increase the number of visitors to Toronto.

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This stage of the project includes public and stakeholder consultation taking place to assist in the development of graphic design principles, mapping and industrial product design.
For more information visit Toronto 360

Defense Industry Cooperation Between Sweden and the United States

T-Kartor have had a strong working relationship with the Office for Defense Industry Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden, Washington DC, for several years. Together we have been able to establish and expand our business within the US Defense sector. Their industrial experience and network of important contacts have opened doors that would otherwise have been shut for a small foreign company such as T-Kartor. It’s been a pleasure working together and we hope to continue our fruitful cooperation for many years to come.

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This is a poster used at ComDef 2014 in Washington DC.

The Office for Defense Industry Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden, Washington DC, supports the defense trade and industry cooperation between Sweden and the United States. The office team of industry experts is a driving force in paving the way for business relations between the Defense industries and the Armed Forces in the two countries. Defense materiel trade and industrial cooperation between the countries are important parts of the relationship between Sweden and the U.S., and crucial for Swedish security and defense.

Urban Field Notes: Never Lost in London

A city of medieval streets has some of the world’s best wayfinding. From THE URBANIST Issue 536. 
August 2014. (Michael Alexander).

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Transport for London (TfL) has created some of the best directional signposts of any city. Found every few blocks, they are handsome, double-sided, visually consistent and almost instantly informative pieces of street furniture that make walking a pleasure. They’re part of a wayfinding system called Legible London, which includes new street maps in Underground stations, web planning tools and, importantly, a constantly updated map database.

Legible London quickly answers the imperative wayfinding questions:

  • Where am I?
  • Where is my destination?
  • How long will my trip take?
  • And, for those exploring the city, what else of interest is nearby?

Legible London grew from a problem nearly every city faces: inconsistent, ineffective and confusing wayfinding signs. A survey found that the central zone alone had “at least 32 separate wayfinding systems for pedestrians,” and it’s no surprise that 80 percent of those surveyed found existing street signs confusing, uninformative and unpredictable due to issues like inconsistent destination names and differing information and design across the systems.

In 2005, then Mayor Ken Livingstone (who also brought congestion pricing to the city’s center) mandated that wayfinding be easier by the 2012 Olympics, and that London would be one of the world’s most walk-friendly cities by 2015. That meant helping the one in seven Londoners who couldn’t find their way around the city, as well as the one in four who worried about getting lost.

Read the complete article.

MTA and NYC DOT Introduce Uniform Neighborhood Maps

The following article is taken from a press release from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The maps featured are generated from the NYC Wayfinding system created by T-Kartor.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) have teamed to install new way-finding maps throughout the city, making it easier for subway customers to orient themselves and learn what a neighborhood has to offer as they step out of a subway station. This next generation of the subway system’s helpful neighborhood map is being installed in all 468 subway stations.

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The new maps use the same base map as DOT’s WalkNYC way-finding signage program, which provides detailed, location-specific maps and directional information to people navigating the city’s streets. However, they have been adapted to the subway with lighter base colors; subway lines and station footprints; and local, limited, and Select Bus Service (SBS) routes.

So far, DOT has employed the maps on its pedestrian way-finding signs, on Citi Bike kiosks, and at prototype installations of the new SBS totems, which provide real-time bus arrival information at SBS stations using MTA’s BusTime data feed. With the addition of these new neighborhood maps in the subway, there will be a standard way-finding map for pedestrians, transit riders, and cyclists alike for the first time in New York City history.

“This partnership with the MTA allows for consistent maps above and below ground, making it easier for users to reach their destinations,” said NYC DOT Commissioner and MTA Board Member Polly Trottenberg. “We’re excited to provide this resource to New Yorkers and tourists to find their way in the city.”

More from the press:
2nd Ave. Sagas
Transportation Nation

Registrations welcome for the T-Kartor annual user conference

T-Kartor user conference

It is now time to register for T-Kartor’s annual user conference at Åhus seaside hotel & conference facility on 8-10th September 2014.

We will be presenting news from Hexagon from the latest year and, as usual, providing tips and product demonstrations with interesting presentations from us and our clients. We guarantee a useful and enjoyable experience and (hopefully) some beautiful seaside weather.

To register, please send an email to Helene Kristiansson at hk@t-kartor.se