Ingres joins GeoBI Initiative, the open source initiative on Location Intelligence founded by Engineering Group

Date: November 08, 2010

GeoBI community meets at the Community Village of fOSSa Conference in Grenoble (8-10 Nov.)

Grenoble (France), 8th November 2010 – At the opening of fOSSa, the Free Open Source Software for Academia Conference, Engineering Group, the Italian leading IT services company, announces that Ingres Corporation, the leading provider of open source database management software, has joined the GeoBI initiative, the international Open Source initiative on Location Intelligence, accessible at www.geobi.org.

Location Intelligence refers to all those processes, technologies, applications and practices capable to combine spatial data (Geographical Information System) with business data (Business Intelligence), in order to gain critical insights, to better support decision-making processes and to optimize business activities and, in other words, to increase the value of the existing information systems.

Ingres recently announced availability of a community version of Ingres 10.1.0 using the GPL license – version 2. This software includes standards-compliant geospatial support built into the core of Ingres. This includes support for a number of geospatial data types and functions for geospatial analysis making Ingres compliant with the Open Geospatial Consortium Simple Feature Specification for SQL. Ingres leveraged best-in-class open source software from the Open Source Geospatial Foundation, including GEOS, GDAL/OGR, Proj4, and other components.

"We are extremely pleased that Ingres has joined the initiative - said Andrea Gioia, Engineering’s SpagoBI architect and GeoBI initiative leader - We believe that this choice opens the door to lots of new possibilities to cooperate, share knowledge and create market opportunities at all levels of the location intelligence software stack, from the analytical layer down to the database."

"Geospatial Business Intelligence is an ecosystem that is destined to grow in prominence and opportunity - said Andrew Ross, Director of Development at Ingres - Ingres is committed to help nurture it. In such an ecosystem there's a natural place for our technology as part of mutually beneficial opportunities".

GeoBI initiative aggregates companies, organizations, project communities and individuals into an open community, aiming to foster the cooperation in the Location Intelligence domain and to support research activities. Current members, besides Engineering Group, include the Italian company Inova, the French company Altic, the Canadian company Spatialytics, the Swiss company Camptocamp, the SESAR research lab, Information Technology Department, University of Milan, Italy and Fabio D’Ovidio as individual member.

fOSSa Conference welcomes the GeoBI initiative, providing both a space in the Community Village and a specific session in the workshop agenda. More information on fOSSa Conference at http://fossa2010.inrialpes.fr.


Engineering Group
Engineering Group is the major Italian player in IT design, outsourcing, product and consulting services on all vertical markets, with more than 6,300 people and 40 offices in Italy, Belgium and Latin America. Engineering Group’s Research & Innovation department, relying on 250 researchers and technologists of international standing, includes the Open Source, Business Intelligence and SOA Competence Center, which manages the SpagoWorld initiative, including the open source projects SpagoBI, Spagic, Spago4Q and Spago. www.eng.it www.spagoworld.org

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