Pitney Bowes MapInfo Announces Winners of Meridian Awards, Honoring Most Innovative Location Intelligent Customers
TROY, N.Y. & SEATTLE, May 09, 2007 - Pitney Bowes MapInfo, the leading global provider of location intelligence solutions, today announced the winners of the 2007 MapInfo® Meridian Awards™. This awards program recognizes customers who are creatively driving business innovation through the use of Pitney Bowes MapInfo location intelligence software or data solutions. Companies from all over the world submitted entries. The winners in five categories are:
Guy Carpenter, the world’s leading risk and reinsurance company, uses the MapInfo Location Intelligence Component within its i-aXs™ online risk management platform. By adding the critical dimension of location to reports, Guy Carpenter customers—insurance companies—are able to visually identify concentrations of policies around each other, as well as surrounding known terror targets. These reports can be generated simply with the click of the mouse, with little to no training required.
Runner Up — MTS Allstream
The natural landscape and vegetation of Australia are recognized as some of the most fire prone and volatile in the world. A challenge for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, which is comprised of 70,000 personnel, has been to obtain accurate and easy-to-interpret information about fire position and behavior in a timely manner. To combat this problem, the fire service developed two programs with Pitney Bowes MapInfo – HeliFIRE and MapDesk. HeliFIRE is designed to be used in-flight to gather live fire intelligence through GPS and moving map formats. MapDesk is a desktop solution used within an emergency management center to deliver a range of maps and information. These two programs deliver critical location intelligence to all firefighters, as well as other combat and support agencies throughout the community.
Runner Up — Napier City Council, New Zealand
Multispectral Sistemas e Servicos, a consulting service based in Brazil, provides route calculation and customized thematic maps for clients using MapInfo MapXtreme software. Multispectral’s three dimensional add-ons include geocode and reverse geocode, point-to-point and multi-point route calculation, fly over route automatic camera and visualization of GPS tracked devices.
Runner Up — NykÃ¶pings Kommun
The Town of Cary relies on Pitney Bowes MapInfo’s software to create recreational league teams based on the home addresses of players. For the past five years, the Town has used Pitney Bowes MapInfo to assign more than 1,600 players per year to basketball, baseball, tee ball and softball league programs. This process helps keep neighbors on the same team, cuts down on driving time and makes it easier for families to carpool.
Runner Up — UQAM/GSC
Vertis Media, a division of Vertis Communications, develops custom media solutions for its clients to help them more effectively reach their customers. Using MapInfo MapXtreme for Windows, it developed the Desktop Mapping Extension (DME) which is a proprietary database of more than 236,000 individual distribution zones for more than 8,300 publications. Customers are able to produce detailed reports based on their particular needs (geographical references, demographics, zones, ZIP codes and etc.), making it a valuable research/management tool. Each piece of information sits on a layer which users may turn on or off according to their needs.
“We are thrilled to honor this year’s Meridian Award winners, all of whom use MapInfo technology in various distinct ways. Customer satisfaction is a top priority at Pitney Bowes MapInfo, and we thank all of this year’s participants,” said Mark Cattini, president, Pitney Bowes MapInfo. “This year’s MapWorld is filled with an array of educational sessions, keynote addresses, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities, and attendees will have the opportunity to share their best practices and will leave knowing how to better improve business processes with location intelligence.”
Meridian Award judges were made up of a cross-section of Pitney Bowes MapInfo executives and industry experts. For more information about this year’s Meridian Award winners as well as last year’s, please visit http://www.meridianawards.com/.
About Pitney Bowes MapInfo
Pitney Bowes MapInfo, part of Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), is the leading global provider of location intelligence solutions, integrating software, data and services to provide greater value from location-based information and drive more insightful decisions for businesses and government organizations around the world. The company’s solutions are available in multiple languages through a network of strategic partners and distribution channels in 60 countries. Visit www.mapinfo.com and www.pb.com for more information.
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