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Edric Keighan of CubeWerx on short list of CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards

Sun, 22 May 2005 16:47:00 EST

Congratulations to Edric Keighan of CubeWerx, who made it to the short list of CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards.

The short list of nominations for the 19th Annual CATAAlliance Innovation and Leadership Awards in the category of Private Sector Leadership is as follows:

  • Mr. Barry Litwin, President & CEO, Hummingbird Ltd.
  • Edric Keighan, President & CEO, CubeWerx Inc.
  • Paul Kent, COO, xwave
  • Bruce Lazenby, President & CEO, FreeBalance Inc.
  • For more information on the nominees, see http://www1.cata.ca/cata/news/awards/innovation/privatesectorldr2005.html

    For more information on CubeWerx, see www.cubewerx.com

    Edric Keighan
    President & CEO, CubeWerx Inc.
    www.cubewerx.com

    Edric Keighan has shown consistent and outstanding corporate leadership, formulating and fulfilling a long-term vision for the geospatial industry and his company that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry. Keighan has built an outstanding R&D team composed of geoprocessing experts who became leaders in the development of eight of OGC's open specifications . He steadily increases brand recognition and favourable mentions by influential international industry authorities. He is rapidly building a world sales and support distribution network, presently covering Canada, USA and Australia.

    Description of Achievement

    Each year since its founding in 1996 CubeWerx has consistently created outstanding technological innovations which significantly expand the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry. CubeWerx continues to materially influence the underlying science of "interoperable geoprocessing" and contribute substantially to the conceptualization and cooperative implementation of Spatial Web Services architecture.

    The international standards organization Open Geospatial Consortium recognized CubeWerx for industry leadership with an award for outstanding contributions to advance the vision of interoperable solutions that geo-enable the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The award announcement said "Edric Keighan, CubeWerx President and CEO, provided key leadership that allowed the OGC to open up the Web for spatial processing. His vision helped clarify the technical needs as well as the cooperation that would be necessary to make interoperable Spatial Web Services a reality."

    Technological Innovation

    CubeWerx has consistently been among the first to reach the geo-spatial market with products that fully realize Open Geospatial Consortium standards. CubeWerx may still be the only software vendor in the world that has developed a Web Mapping Server product that can chain and dynamically integrate maps generated by map server products from other software vendors. The CubeWerx suite of products is based on OGC open specifications: CubeSTOR Spatial Warehouse, CubeSERV Feature Server, Cascading Map Server, Mobile Suite, Web Registry Server, and Identity Management Server.

    Corporate Leadership

    Keighan has shown consistent and outstanding corporate leadership, formulating and fulfilling a long-term vision for the geospatial industry and his company that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry:

    "There are many ways an infrastructure can evolve," explains Edric Keighan, president of CubeWerx. "All systems evolve along a path of least resistance. With or without standards, in industry, people take one direction and not another because they follow the benefits they see for themselves and their organizations. The path of least resistance, the most economical path to the benefits of geoprocessing, is interoperability. We have learned over the years that by cooperatively developing publicly available interoperability standards we can provide new benefits and lower cost to everyone. "
    Keighan has built an outstanding R&D team composed of geoprocessing experts who became leaders in the development of eight of OGC's open specifications . He steadily increases brand recognition and favourable mentions by influential international industry authorities. He is rapidly building a world sales and support distribution network, presently covering Canada, USA and Australia.

    International Acceptance of Significant World-Class Products

    The long years of developing open standards and world-class products is paying off for CubeWerx, with some high-profile projects based on CubeWerx technology. CubeWerx has sold product licenses in Canada, the United States, Italy, Australia and France.

    NRCan's GeoConnections, established to create the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure, cites CubeWerx as a Canadian success story, comparing it to Federal Express . For its National Topographic Data Base web services, NRCan chose CubeSTOR and CubeSERV software products from CubeWerx over other database and map server options because the products were judged to be most capable of meeting the application's performance requirements. "The Toporama application presented some challenging spatial data access requirements. The database has to be able to integrate vector data and imagery data in interactive panning and zooming to arrive at composite map views as well as generate dynamic maps from a large volume of data for a large number of simultaneous users. These are key requirements and major challenges for most national mapping agencies and other online spatial data providers."

    The Indian government wants to involve CubeWerx in assessing open-architecture, standards based, multi-vendor National Spatial Data Infrastructure following Canada's example, and CubeWerx is leading the Canadian private/public team.

    A More Competitive Investment Climate

    The interoperable, open standards which CubeWerx have helped establish have given spatial data providers, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT the confidence to buy standards-compliant "geo-enabled" products from smaller, more innovative companies, and have broken the control of a few industry giants with proprietary products. The geospatial industry has thus benefited from the entry of new companies, rapid innovation, and increased competition.

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