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New Release of Spectrum Spatial Analyst Web Mapping

We are pleased to announce the general availability of "Spectrum Spatial LIM 2018.2" and "Spectrum Spatial Analyst 2018.2 GA" the release is now available. This is a huge release and comes with game changing new capabilities. This release sees the first phase of exciting new enhancements aimed at simplifying Administration and providing capabilities that are more powerful for the end users.
In this release you will see simplified administration when creating Map Configurations (now called Map Projects) and a wide range of other improvements for end users. The major new capabilities in this release are:

Spectrum Spatial LIM 2018.2

  • Support for enhanced MRR raster styling: style override for named layers referencing MRR tables. Options like field, band, colour palette, colour table, hill shade and many more are now available in grid style. Now field and band can be specified to get cell value.
  • Managing and picking custom symbols: Configure a folder that is outside of the Spectrum deployment where custom image symbols can be stored and available without the need to restart the service.
  • Permission Management: Improved user interface within Spatial Manager, allows viewing and managing of permissions for resources and folders.
  • Sub-admin Support: The Map Uploader and Spectrum Spatial Manager now supports logging in by users who are an admin (a user who belongs to the admin or spatial-admin role) or a sub admin (a user who has the write permissions to at least one repository folder).
  • Database Specific Queries: Database specific query can be used to create a table in Spatial Manager, which allows you to create a table with complex query.
  • New MI SQL Functions: The new functions help analyse geometry complexity, which will help in analysis of new data sets, and in rendering performance.
  • Ease of Use, Robustness and License expiry warning: Re-starts just Spectrum Spatial within seconds. The capability to restart just the LIM (Location Intelligence Module) remote component JVM (Java Virtual Machine) has been added to Spectrum Spatial Manager. Spatial Manager now alerts the administrator about an imminent license expiry. A warning message is displayed to the administrator displaying the number of days left before the license will expire.

Spectrum Spatial Analyst 2018.2

  • Introducing Projects - Map Configurations are now called Map Projects and can be created using a new user-friendly interface. Admins can create and manage projects, change their settings and grant permissions on them.
  • Single Sign On - Connectivity to your organization's active directory federation services, means that users can now use their organization's credentials to access the system.
  • The SSA Home page: Enables authorised users and admins to quickly see and launch a list of all their map projects with thumbnail images of each project.
  • Control Map Projects: Users can create, edit and save their session state as Map Projects for their own use when needed (subject to permissions).
  • Re-order Layers Controls: Drag and drop to re-order and save those changes to the Map Project.
  • Save Added Business Layers: Users can add business layers that they need and then save that as their own private Project.
  • Functionality Profiles: A new functionality profile tab has been added to the Admin Console. The functionality settings that used to be specified directly in Map Configurations are now saved as a new Functionality Profile and can be referenced in multiple map projects.

These exciting developments support a significantly improved experience and provide tools designed to reduce time spent on administration, by simplifying and improving a number of administration processes. Ultimately freeing both end user and admins to focus on business priorities.

For more information, visit the Spectrum Spatial (SSA & LIM) Knowledge Communities https://community.pitneybowes.com/communities/allcommunities (registration may be required).

(December 2018)

 

CDR's Quality System updated and audited

CDR first achieved the International Standard ISO 9001 standard back in 1994 - having started the process as the British Standard BS5750. This year, our processes have been amended to fit the newer ISO9001:2015 and once again received unequivocal approval from our external auditors NQA.

ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS). It is the most widely used QMS standard in the world, with over 1.1 million certificates issued to organisations in 178 countries.

ISO 9001 provides a framework and set of principles that ensure a common-sense approach to the management of an organisation to consistently satisfy customers and other stakeholders. In simple terms, it provides the basis for effective processes and effective people to deliver an effective product or service time after time.

(November 2018)

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CDR Group has been awarded a place on G-Cloud 10, the governments cloud procurement framework

This is fantastic news for CDR. We are now offering Spectrum Spatial Analyst as a cloud based GIS application via the G-Cloud catalogue. Spectrum Spatial Analyst from Pitney Bowes is a powerful web mapping tool that can be accessed from any device in any location and has an intuitive interface that allows staff to jump straight into spatial data without any training. We already work with a number of public sector organisations and hope that being included in the governments procurement framework will give prospective customers the final vote of confidence they need to invest in CDR.

G-cloud offers public sector organisations the opportunity to purchase their cloud-based software and services from a single catalogue. Buying services through frameworks is faster and cheaper than entering into individual procurement contracts. Buyers and suppliers still need to sign a contract (or ‘call-off contract’) for each service bought through a framework. G-Cloud 10 is the tenth iteration of the G-Cloud framework. G-Cloud is open to all public sector bodies including central government, local government, third sector organisations, NHS and other health providers and education.

We're delighted to be a part of a fantastic government initiative to provide fair pricing and a transparent procurement process for public sector bodies. CDR has already provided Spectrum Spatial Analyst to a number of organisations and the latest release of v12.2 continues to refine the user experience and design for this advanced web and mobile mapping solution.

July 2018


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MapInfo Training courses updated for Version 17

Our 2 day Foundation Level Training Course has now been re-written, updated and delivered for version 17 of MapInfo Pro. The latest release of MapInfo Pro is a big step in the evolution of the product as it is now fully 64-bit, offering outstanding performance and designed to make the user experience smarter and simpler to use. That’s a great combination for any modern technology.
The move to 64-bit computing has been a gradual process for many customers and we can still deliver our training on the last 32-bit version 15 of MapInfo if needs be, by request. If you need to know more about the latest release of MapInfo Pro, just get in touch and our team will be happy to assist.


June 2018


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The long awaited version 17 has been released today (3rd May)

Stronger, smarter and simpler because of you.

Real-world MapInfo Pro™ users have helped Pitney Bowes to create the new v17. These beta participants helped enhance, refine and validate to shape the most user-friendly, fastest and most powerful MapInfo Pro™ ever. Thanks to these collaborations, you and your organisation can find actionable geospatial insights quicker.

MapInfo Pro™ v17 features stronger performance improvements from top to bottom. With support for massive files, outstanding platform stability and award-winning raster capabilities, you can create your most powerful visualisations and spatial analytics. Plus, extreme processing speeds and a highly intuitive design help you reach business decisions sooner.

This latest release has refined and improved the layout and toolbar, making the experience smarter and simpler to use. You can now customise your toolbars to make sure your favourite tools are right where you need them and use the Quick Search window to find what you need faster.

The revamp extends to the welcome screen which gives one-click access to your most recent files as well as tips and tutorials. You'll quickly become familiar with the intuitive ribbon interface. Version 17 is sure to see you working faster and smarter.

Maintenance & Technical Support customers will shortly be received an email detailing how you can upgrade to v17.
Please get in touch for a free trial if you're not in contract but interested in upgrading.

(May 2018)
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Spectrum Spatial Analyst 12.1 Now Available

CDR is pleased to announce the release of Spectrum® Spatial Analyst v12.1 - Pitney Bowes' Advanced Web and Mobile Mapping Solution. Organisations that have licensed Spatial Analyst may download v12.1 via the Pitney Bowes eStore. You will have received a notification with further details.

In this release, the focus is on enhancing the end users experience. The major new capabilities in this release are:

  • The ability to edit MapInfo Professional TAB files directly within the SSA front end.
  • Multi-select features from a single layer and display map information directly in the information panel.
  • Access the current map centre and extents within the settings menu of the end user view of SSA.
  • Initiate further options within the layer overflow menu including: Query, Thematic and add new record.
  • Show predefined Admin queries as quick search on left pane.
  • Enhanced record editing for multiple changes; the user now has the option to remain in feature editing mode on the same record, to keep adding more records or to submit the record and exit edit mode.
  • Plus several minor enhancements

You can view examples of the above here

Please note that as a prerequisite Spatial Analyst v12.1 requires an upgrade to Spectrum® Platform 12.1.

(December 2017)
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HS Gridder version 3 released for MapInfo Pro 64-bit

CDR Group is pleased to announce the release of HS Gridder version 3 by Portolan Technology. Not only has the application been re-written for the 64-bit version with a new ribbon, it now incorporates the latest crime analysis algorithm of the Getis-Ord Gi* routine. This searches for statistically significant hotspots. It tests for locations where the points are clustering more than would be expected by chance alone. This process differs from KDE as it removes the ‘noise’ and leaves only the ‘true’ hotspots.
A hexagonal grid is used as it allows for a more natural selection of neighbouring cells, and also to differentiate the method from regular KDE hotspots.

In addition to the Gi*, there is the new Space-Time Clusters function. The Space-Time Clusters routine searches for locations/areas which have the highest levels of clustering in terms of both space and time-of-day. It can identify where and when to deploy limited resources.

Get in touch with the team at CDR for more information or find us at the MapInfo User Group event in London on 8th November.

(October 2017)
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Pitney Bowes Expands Data and Software Solutions Through Location-Based Insights


New solutions accurately enrich customer data and unlock precise spatial insights

The extension to the product portfolio includes updates to the Pitney Bowes flagship Spectrum platform, which incorporate address, location and customer data information to create a single view of a customer; and unique customised data sets that organisations can deploy to supplement existing investments in business intelligence (BI) infrastructure. “In today’s market, customer experience is dependent on having a complete, single view of the customer. That simply isn't possible if location isn't factored into the equation,” says Andy Berry, VP EMEA, Pitney Bowes Software. “Today, Pitney Bowes is building on our world-class Spectrum technology and our leadership position within location intelligence to deliver a powerful set of capabilities for turning consumer, business and infrastructure data into rich insights that public and private organisations can use to provide better experiences for people they serve." “Pitney Bowes is a great fit for companies looking to anchor, manipulate, and analyse their massive data sets in a geographic context,” says Gwenn Bezard, Co-founder and Research director, Aite Group. “From geocoding to a wealth of data attributes to master data management, Pitney Bowes has a very rich offering, backed by a firm deeply committed to delivering accuracy and precision.”

Adding Location to Big Data

Data generated through consumer mobile devices, sensors, social media and transactions is growing exponentially. Gartner forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use world-wide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020i. That’s why business and government organisations around the world need powerful location tools to include within their Big Data framework to perform location analytics that reveals actionable business and operational insights. To meet these needs Pitney Bowes is announcing a new Big Data module to its Spectrum solution, which delivers the ability to validate and cleanse customer and location-based data natively within Apache Hadoop and Spark, before applying analytics. Clients benefit from the combination of market-leading address validation, GeoEnrichment and analysis to derive more meaningful insights from structured and unstructured data. For example, organisations can use these location-based insights to gain a 360-degree view of property to streamline the mortgage process, and property and casualty underwriting; offer coverage mapping for real-time mobile networks; and understand customers, merchants and ATM locations. To help deliver the new Spectrum solutions to market, Pitney Bowes has partnered with several of the largest Big Data software providers, including Cloudera and Hortonworks, and certified its data quality and advanced geospatial capabilities on both Cloudera Enterprise and Hortonworks Data Platform. Furthermore, it has joined the Hortonworks Partnerworks in the Modern Data Solutions (MDS) partner program. Through these partnerships, clients that have invested in Big Data frameworks can easily add Pitney Bowes data quality and location capabilities to their data lakes and business processes.

Enriching Data with Location Intelligence

Many enterprise organisations invest heavily in database or BI infrastructure and know those capabilities provide a better return with the addition of location-based data. But many companies do not have the time or wherewithal to accumulate and enrich the address information to take these deployments to the next level. To alleviate that challenge, Pitney Bowes is announcing a new Addressing and GeoEnrichment Data Portfolio that will include industry-specific data sets organisations can quickly and affordably deploy to better understand their customers through Pitney Bowes-delivered flat files, or within Big Data environments such as Apache Hadoop and Spark. The portfolio will initially include 24 pre-built data sets for the insurance and real estate markets. More data sets are expected to be released over time.


(October 2017)

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Connect to the new Pitney Bowes Online Community

Pitney Bowes have just launched a website that provides GIS professionals with a great variety of original content to support their products, and further the dialogue on Location Intelligence. While it is still early days for the site you’ll find resources like direct access to Pitney Bowes’ product knowledge base, new content on how to use MapInfo Pro or upgrade to the latest version, but best of all their engineers, technical support team and product managers are regularly on the site sharing information or responding to your queries. CDR staff are also very active on the site and we hope our customers will get involved.

Please consider joining Li360. Over time we know this will become a ‘go to’ resource for you and your colleagues.











(August 2017)
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OS MasterMap Highways in MapInfo and RouteFinder

Ordnance Survey has recently introduced OS MasterMap Highways data and this will eventually be replacing the older Integrated Transport Network. OS MasterMap Highways Network provides all the highways data you need, in one place. It’s a new, common and authoritative view of the whole road network in Great Britain, ideal for routing and public sector data-sharing.

Our friends at Routeware have now developed a translator for the Routing and Asset Management Information (RAMI). For vehicle routing and navigation software providers, this data gives you all you need to get your users safely to their destinations: turn, height, weight and width restrictions – and even bollards and traffic calming. The translator selects the relevant data and constructs MapInfo tables for use in RouteFinder for MapInfo.

National coverage contains nearly 4.8 million road links and this is where 64-bit computing really shows it's worth when you need to do some network analysis or any of the routing functions in RouteFinder. If you haven't upgraded to MapInfo version 16 with RouteFinder version 5 yet, this is surely the justification to do it with the marked improvement in performance.

Ask for a quote for RouteFinder and the new OS Highways translator.






(April 2017)
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Using MapInfo Pro Advanced to Load Terrain Data and Locate Success With Pitney Bowes Location Intelligence

The new MapInfo Pro Advanced has limitless capabilities to store raster grids with it's new MRR format - yes, limitless! Which is pretty handy if you have downloaded the hoards of free data from the Ordnance Survey and Environment Agency. CDR's Director, John Ievers, presented this subject at the recent MapInfo User Group Conference in November 2016 and the GeoData London Showcase event in December. Click to view the video (courtesy of the MapInfo User Group UK) here or on our YouTube channel, where we look at the process of merging ASC files and explaining what the data represents. John also covered this in more detail at a CDR Open Day event but we thought we ought to share this more widely now. The performance is truly awesome - that's the performance of MapInfo we are referring to, rather than John...

 



(February 2017)
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Archived News

Misc
CDR Group Pick Up A Prestigous Web Mapping Oscar
CDR announce online Streetlight Fault Reporting facility

2005
Ordnance Survey Mapping Now Available to the NHS in England

2006
MapRite wins Innovation Award 2005
MapInfo Professional Maintenance Release and Google™ Earth Utility now Avaliable
CDR Group On Board With A Prestigious UKHO Contract
South Kesteven reaps the benefits of Location Intelligence
CDR Premier Partner Status
CDR Announce the Release of MapInfo Professional version 8.5
OSNI Launch Northern Ireland Mapping Agreement
CDR Group Planning To Put Barnsley on the map
MapInfo ProViewer version 8.5 now available
An Invitation to a Free 3-D Visualisation Seminar
CDR training courses now with added CPD
The Northern Regeneration Conference 24 - 25 October 2006
Darryl Beresford Is 40 And Survives Extermination

2008
No Excuses - Recycle Lamps
The user event you can't afford to miss
Benefits of licensed data
Dambusters remembered 65 years on
Introducing MapInfo Professional® 9.5
Matchmaking in Calderdale
CDR's New Scanning Capabilities
PlanWeb and PlanAccess CapableNew Stratus Gallery launched for INSPIRE
Upgrade those old licences to MapInfo 9.5 before Christmas
MapInfo Professional v9.5.1 Patch Release

2010
Consultation on access to Ordnance Survey data
MapInfo Professional v10.0.1 patch now available
HS Gridder version 2 released
Vertical Mapper version 3.7 released
Ordnance Survey Announces Availability of Free Digital Mapping
Aiming for Peak Performance
Introducing MapInfo Professional® v10.5
MapBasic and ProViewer v10.5 now available to Download
Crime Profiler version 1.1 released
Safer Derbyshire Partnership
New Open Source Workshop
MapInfo Professional v10.5.1 patch now available

2012
MapInfo Professional Patch Releases for v10.5.3 and 11.0.3 Now Available
Site Centred Mapping – Real Maps
MapInfo Professional Patch Release 11.0.4 Now Available
Summer News and Events
Moving in Maritime Circles
Introducing MapInfo Professional® v11.5
PB Encom’s Discover 3D updated
MapInfo Professional® Maintenance Release (v11.5.1) is Now Available
Mapping Showcase 2012 – Discover What’s New in Mapping Community
MapInfo Pro update for Microsoft Bing™ Service

2014
Building Height Attribute alpha release
Global Data Catalogue
Go Pro with the new 64-bit MapInfo Pro v12.5
Happy Birthday BASIC
Introducing MapInfo Professional version 12.5
Open-Source Software


2016
MapInfo Pro 15.2.2 has arrived
RouteFinder 5.00 for MapInfo Pro Released
See it faster. Solve it sooner with MapInfo Pro v16
Upcoming Events

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2004

Malicious Application Targets MapInfo Professional
Ordnance Survey Accreditation for CDR Group Staff
MapInfo Proviewer v8.0 - now available
Further Movement In PAI Activities
Patch for MapInfo Professional v8.0

2007
NEW Data Creation Training Course added to Schedule
MapInfo News
Not Just a 3D Model
Introducing MapInfo Professional 9.0
CDR Group delighted to be amongst the first
MapInfo ProViewer version 9.0 now available
MapInfo Professional 9.0.1 Patch Released
CDRs Survey Team have been TAMPing the Streets of Stockport
CDRs Survey Team have been TAMPing the Streets of Stockport Case study
Hotspotting Made Easy - Really Easy
MapInfo Professional 9.0.2 Patch Released

2009
Introducting Vertical Mapper V3.5
Snow problem doesn't stop CDR - but we are having fun!
Getting Engaged
Virtual Whitehaven set for Regeneration
Introducing MapInfo Professional® v10.0
Reveal for MapInfo
CDR Group cements Ordnance Survey Partnership
Launch of Stratus Connect 2.0
North Yorkshire's Digital Highways
South Kesteven Go Live With Stratus Connect

2011
CDR Expand their Ordnance Survey portfolio
Launch of NEW Browse-A-Map
Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) for England and Wales
MapInfo Manager version 1.1 release
Cotton Grass Theatre
Introducing MapInfo Professional® v11
WindowHelper 2.1
CDR Supports the London Mapping Festival
MapInfo Manager version 1.2 release
MapInfo Professional Maintenance Release (v11.0.1) is Now Available
New OS MasterMap® user support documentation
CDR at the Mapping Showcase Exhibition
Bringing History to Life in Southwark

2013
2011 Census release - free download
CDR Announce a New Partnership with Everbridge
Encom Discover and Engage for MapInfo
Introducing MapInfo Professional® v12.0
Latest Software Updates
MapInfo Manager v1.3
MapInfo Professional® Maintenance Release (v11.5.2) is Now Available
Sign up for "The MapInfo Professional"
Upgrade offer for "old" MapInfo licences
Wild about GIS
YWT Case Study

2015
MapBasic 12.5.1 Released
OS Adds Four New Products
MapInfo Pro Version 15 32 bit
Rich Source Of History
Bigger Faster Stronger MapInfo Pro Version 15.2
Bing Access Expires Dec 31st For MapInfo Pro Version 12.5