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New Release – HS Gridder v4

NEW RELEASE – HS Gridder v4 for MapInfo

The next addition of spatial analytics for Crime Analysis (or any incident data) with the arrival of the HS Gridder for MapInfo Pro from Portolan Technology.

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HS Gridder is the ideal Hotspot Mapping accompaniment for MapInfo

HS Gridder is a MapBasic tool to assist with the spatial and temporal analysis of crime locations within a MapInfo Pro environment – it creates Hot Spot maps. It can also be applied to any other incident data with location and time attributes for deeper analysis thatn “just” location.

Originally developed for the Victoria Police Force in Australia, the software has since been deployed to other Police Forces including Surrey Police in the UK. The classic use of Kernel Density Estimation (KDE) for defining hotspots has since been enhanced by the latest crime analysis algorithm of the Getis-Ord Gi* routine to identify statistically significant hotspots.

New in Version 4

  • Point Clusters feature uses the DBSCAN method to pick out groups of points and display a representative point and label it with the number of points in that cluster.
  • L/M/E Hotspots, which will help to identify Long Term, Medium Term or Emerging Hotspots. This requires 12 months of data and will assess fortnightly intervals in the analysis.

    Mobile Phone Analysis using mobile phone data

  • The Cell Sectors function will draw wedges indicating a direction from a tower;
  • The Movement Links are drawn to indicate how a phone moves from one tower to the next over time;
  • Summarise Time Labels will create stacked labels indicating times and frequency of call from a tower, as it also creates a manageable number of labels. CDR Group can provide instruction on how to animate mobile phone data, to display movement of the records over time.

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CDR Group is pleased to be working within a partnership agreement with Portolan Technology to offer this software and related support services. Additionally, CDR offers a consultancy service to assist clients in achieving the very best results from their data using the powerful combination of MapInfo Pro plus
HS Gridder

(April 2024)

CDR Celebrate 30 years of being a MapInfo Partner

Back in 1994, we “discovered” the MapInfo software application. At the time Windows 3.1 was new!
We were used to bigger and more expensive GIS and CAD systems and we were a little sceptical about this “cheaper” product. So we invited the MapInfo UK team up to Hope to discuss where this might fit into our business.

Firstly, we were impressed that they managed to get through the 10 inches of snow that day!! We had been impressed by the data handling of both raster and vector data by MapInfo but we had some reservations about handling large amounts of engineering data, Ordnance Survey data and plotting to a large scale. Thirty minutes later and our reservations were put to bed – we just hadn’t explored all the features, being newbies.

We were invited to one of the first European Partner Conferences being held in Brighton that year, with a view to signing-up and also to speak with other Partners. That’s where we first met Bob Young of By Design and we talked about developing apps using MapBasic. After a few beers we were hooked. This was such a positive network and it was about to open a lot of new doors for us. We did sign-up as Partners the next day and a new adventure started.

These were the heady days when there was a huge expansion and adoption of GIS into many sectors in the UK. We sold a lot of copies of MapInfo, which was seen as a bit of a threat to other Partners but we settled into a recognition that there was plenty of business for everyone. Most Partners had specialisms or targets in certain sectors or had built niche applications. We have worked with other Partners, re-sold their apps or simply worked in parallel in the MapInfo environment. For CDR, our specialist subject is MapInfo itself and we enjoy sharing our knowledge through our training courses.

In the year 2000 we were awarded UK Partner of the Year and have received further accolades over the years, cementing our place as a trusted partner, consistently delivering an excellent service to our many customers. The company also achieved ISO9001 for operating a Quality Management System, which is audited annually by NQA.

MapInfo Corporation grew world-wide and added more products and data services offerings for their customer base. MapInfo is a complete desktop mapping solution for the GIS analyst and has the rare combination of being immensely powerful yet easy to use. With the exponential growth in location data the company developed web and enterprise solutions. In 2007, Pitney Bowes entered into a merger agreement to acquire MapInfo Corporation. Being part of a larger software division at Pitney Bowes, we saw the capabilities of the Spectrum technology platform to handle the growth of Big Data and adding Location Intelligence into that mix. New Addressing and GeoEnrichment capabilities could now handle billions of data records, not just millions.

2020 was quite a year for many. It also marked the merger of Pitney Bowes Software and Syncsort. In May, the new company was rebranded as Precisely. Now all of the Location Intelligence offerings are an integral part of the Data Integrity Suite. The modular, interoperable Precisely Data Integrity Suite contains everything you need to deliver accurate, consistent, contextual data to your business – wherever and whenever it’s needed.
30 years of change. MapInfo version 3 to MapInfo Pro v2023. Embrace the change and be prepared to adapt to it.

(March 2024)

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NEW RELEASE – MapInfo Pro v2023

The next dimension of spatial analytics is here with the arrival of the release of MapInfo Pro v2023.

What is MapInfo Pro?

Great question! MapInfo Pro is a complete, desktop mapping solution for the geographic information system (GIS) analyst to visualize, analyse, edit, interpret, and output data - revealing relationships, patterns, and trends.

What are the benefits?

  • A Complete Solution: An all-in-one solution that manages, analyses, and visualises data for mapping and map publishing.

  • Custom Applications: Solve your specific business needs with customized applications available in the MapInfo Marketplace.

  • Scalable Analytics: MapInfo Pro supports teams of all sizes, delivering tools for use across the entire organization.

  • User-Centric Collaboration: Professional peer communities provide ideas, tips, and tricks

Explore MapInfo Pro free for 30-days

MapInfo Pro GIS software employs geospatial analytics and location intelligence to help you create insightful models of location-centric scenarios. Use these models to simulate different outcomes - then act with confidence.

(September 2023)

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Another year of ISO 9001 Quality Standards

We started on the path to Quality Assurance as a company 30 years ago and achieved the old BS5750 for Quality Management Systems the following year.

Then it went to the international standard of ISO9001.

We have been audited every year since and just achieved another successful audit. Far from being a simple documentation of our processes, this has been a continual journey of change and improvement that works for CDR Group and proof that this assures our customers of the high standards of quality that we strive for.

Thank you to NQA for their service in the external accreditation.

(July 2023)

CDR Group is accredited to BS EN ISO9001:2015

CDR Group has a renewed place on G-Cloud 13, the UK Government's cloud procurement framework

Once more, we are very pleased to announce the renewed offering of Spectrum Spatial as a cloud based GIS application via the G-Cloud catalogue. Spectrum Spatial, from Precisely, 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 Group.

G-Cloud 13 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 13 is the thirteenth 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.
Just search for > Precisely Spectrum Spatial or > CDR Group in the category > Cloud Software

(September 2022)


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Precisely Spectrum Spatial v2022.1 Released

Spectrum Spatial v2022.1 - was released on the 31st March and is now available.

v2022.1 of Spectrum Spatial

This release tackles the major security concerns following the Log4Shell vulnerability issue of last year, that affected most java based systems. The Spectrum Platform (which includes Spectrum Spatial server) and Spectrum Spatial Analyst will now require JDK 11 as a pre-requisite for deployment. JDK8 is no longer supported for deployment of the Platform.
It also comes with enhanced features and a number of bug fixes.

Here's a list of some of the most important improvements in Spectrum Spatial v2022.1:

  • Multi-Resolution Raster (MRR) table - volatility enhancements. The concept of volatility will now apply to TAB files which are using MRR as a source.
  • MRR precision and type enhancements.
  • Sub-admins to manage their own named connections via the Spatial Manager.
  • Support for SQL Server 2019 and Oracle 18c and 19c data sources.
  • Support has been added for PostGIS as a destination source when uploading data from SSA using the internal data upload service. SSA will now show connections for Post GIS in addition to SQL Server and file-based connections (which are used for uploading to TAB file as a destination).
  • Show data bind info using custom templates.
  • Support for Third Party WMTS services.
  • Spatial Analyst and the extensibility framework have been upgraded to Angular 11. The benefits are that load times when first browsing to the application will be noticeably improved.

The underlying components used by Analyst have been updated. The primary changes are:-

  • Openlayers is now on version 6.5 rather than 4.5.

  • PrimeNG is version 11.

  • The underlying library supporting extensibility actions and state management is now NGRX 11.

For more information on the Precisely website visit

(April 2022)

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MapInfo Pro v2021.1 Released

MapInfo Pro v2021.1 - a minor upgrade to MapInfo Pro v2021 - was released on the 31st March and can be downloaded from here

v2021.1 of MapInfo Pro

This release comes with full support for all the localized languages that MapInfo Pro supports. And, it also comes with enhanced features and a number of bug fixes.

Here's a list of some of the most important improvements in MapInfo Pro v2021.1:

  • New Choose Projection dialog with favourite and most recent used projections and with Search support lets you reuse and find projections a lot easier
  • Support for time-enabled WMS layers allows you to use these in conjunction with Time Series. The time-enabled layers are marked with a time symbol in the Open WMS Table dialog
  • Visibility Expression support for Raster and Vector layers allows you to control when a layer should be visible.
  • Can be used in combination with Time Series to turn on and off layers for specific time intervals.
  • You can now time-enable layers for the Time Series analysis in more ways. You can use existing columns, use a MapBasic expression, use the Layer Visibility Expression, and you can use a time-enabled WMS layer.
  • New projections for Germany and the Philippines.
  • Refresh Query support in these dialogs: SQL Select, Select by Location and Select by Attribute let you refresh an already open query without removing it from windows.
  • WFS Tab files in a shared location. WFS data files can now be stored in a temporary location allowing you to share the WFS tab files across multiple users
  • Offline MapInfo Pro Viewer lets you use MapInfo Pro Viewer without constant internet access.

And don't want to forget that MapBasic v2021.1 has also been released. Find it here

The place to go to find out more - complete with images and further explanation - is the MapInfo Pro online Community. Peter Moller does a great job here

(April 2022)

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Archived News

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

Ordnance Survey Mapping Now Available to the NHS in England

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Long Awaited Version17 Has Been Released Today (3rd May)
MapInfo Training Courses Updated For Version 17
CDR Group Has Been Awarded A Place On G Cloud 10
CDR's Quality System Updated And Audited
New Release Of Spectrum Spatial Analyst Web Mapping

Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
MapInfo® Pro v2019.1 Visualize data your way, right away
Precisely | Trust in Data
CDR Group has a renewed place on G-Cloud 12, the UK Government's cloud procurement framework
Precisely announces version 2019.3 of MapInfo Pro

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Using MapInfo Pro Advanced To Load Terrain Data
OS MasterMap Highways In MapInfo And RouteFinder
Connect To The New Pitney Bowes Online Community
Pitney Bowes Expands Data And Software Solutions Through Location Based Insights
HS Gridder Version 3 Released For MapInfo Pro 64bit
Spectrum SpatialAnalyst 12.1 Now Available

MapInfo Pro version 17.0.2 released and MapInfo ProViewer is back in 64-bit
MapInfo Training News Spring 2019
MapInfo User Forum
MapInfo v17.0.3 now available
RouteFinder v6 now available
MapInfo Training for moving over to the 64-bit interface
MapInfo Pro v2019 is released


Precisely announces Subscription Licensing for MapInfo Pro
MapInfo Pro v2021: A Complete Desktop Mapping Solution for the GIS Analyst