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Trimble acquires Definiens

Wed, 16 Jun 2010

lidar news gives a bit more thought to the widely reported acquisition of Definiens eCognition by Trimble. Its an interesting purchase; object based classification that takes context and spatial attributes in to account as well as actual attribute data for object identification and feature extraction. Trimble has primarily been a surveying hardware company, although there are inevitable forays in to software. Feature extraction is getting to be big business and Definiens largely invented and capture the commercial market for it. The software is very expensive and the market place is starting to open up with ENVI and ERDAS both making products in this area. It kinda reminds me of Nokia buying Navteq.. will it be a good marriage? Who knows, but it will be interesting to see the direction it takes.

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