Pitney Bowes MapInfo Announces Meridian Award Winners at MapWorld 2008
Most Innovative Location Intelligent Customers Honored at Annual Pitney Bowes MapInfo User Conference
LAS VEGAS & TROY, N.Y., May 22, 2008 - Pitney Bowes MapInfo, the leading global provider of location intelligence solutions, today announced the winners of the 2008 MapInfo® Meridian Awards™ at its MapWorld® user conference being held this week in Las Vegas. The awards program recognizes customers who are creatively driving business innovation with new, dynamic uses of Pitney Bowes MapInfo location intelligence solutions. Companies from all over the world submitted entries. The winners in the four Meridian Award categories are:
- Organizational Impact — Queensland Police Service
Using Pitney Bowes MapInfo® location intelligence solutions, the Queensland (Australia) Police Service (QPS) created the QPRIME Mapping Project to help officers visualize and analyze addresses, incidents and persons of interest to preserve peace and safety by better protecting residents’ lives and property. With the improved quality of location records, especially for hard to describe addresses and locations such as parks and beaches, the QPS is implementing strategies for identifying clusters of activity or “hot spots” and geographically linking record entries for improved efficiency and law enforcement.
Runner Up — Cumberland County, North Carolina
- Technical Achievement — Ventera
Ventera, an IT and management consulting firm for government and commercial organizations, incorporated MapInfo MapXtreme® .NET into its Frequency Availability Program (FAP) developed for a leading wireless network provider. The project has helped the provider meet FCC mandated requirements to minimize increasing levels of interference to critical public safety communications systems from commercial wireless carriers by incorporating new frequencies as they are acquired or swapped, calculating engineering parameters and identifying other available frequencies available for use.
Runner Up — Nokia Siemens Networks
- Unique & Unusual — City of Tampa, Florida
To prepare for hurricane season, the City of Tampa worked with Pitney Bowes MapInfo to compare survey maps from the “Gale of 1848,” the worst hurricane recorded in the city’s history, with current Tampa Bay Port Authority buoy data. Cross-referencing Tampa’s historic data with modern location intelligence technology provided the city with valuable information to help predict the potential path of a hurricane and its impact on the city.
Runner Up — Connecticut Department of Labor
- People’s Choice for Pitney Bowes MapInfo — The Chronicle Herald
The Chronicle Herald, an independent newspaper based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, uses Pitney Bowes MapInfo technology to identify where its strong and weak circulation areas are located and analyze competitor presence and area demographics, helping it more effectively target marketing efforts and attract new advertising clients. As a result, The Chronicle Herald has maintained its status as the number one selling newspaper in the province and is one of the few newspapers to increase its circulation during a time of decreased national newspaper readership.
“We are delighted to honor this year’s Meridian Award winners and recognize the innovative and distinct ways they are using Pitney Bowes MapInfo solutions. Many thanks to all of this year’s participants,” said Mike Hickey, president, Pitney Bowes Software. “This year’s user conference continues the tradition of providing organizations the opportunity to network and share ideas on how to make more strategic business decisions, increase productivity while reducing costs and create new solutions to address evolving business challenges.”
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.
This press release contains forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties. Any statement not a statement of historical fact is a forward-looking statement, including without limitation statements concerning demand for and benefits of Pitney Bowes MapInfo products and integration of its products with existing solutions. Actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including those factors contained in the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the heading “Risk Factors.” Pitney Bowes MapInfo takes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements.