Navigating the Future

Patrick McDevitt (Tele Atlas)
Location: Salon A-F

For many years, leadership in digital mapping could be secured simply by adding more territory and attributes to the base map. Today, applications and solutions require multifaceted expertise, continued innovation, and moving quicker than ever to bring new features and content to market. While coverage growth and expansion are of course vital, the market is developing on many other fronts, both for today’s applications and for those we see evolving in the future; and the industry relies on fresh, accurate data, expanding global coverage, and richer content such as POIs, dynamic content, and enhanced visual display that help users find what they need, and guide them to it.

As navigation becomes truly a mass market phenomenon, many of the characteristics of the Internet are projected to become key factors in the world of navigation as well. Consumers have come to expect quick updates and data currency far exceeding that of the year or more common in the past. And, navigation, like mapping down through the ages, will continue to be a critical social activity—this will lead to more community and to our need to help build community among navigation users worldwide.

This session will offer insight on how:
  • Tele Atlas is revolutionizing the digital map and what this will mean for the industry
  • Maps will ultimately help users find the people, products, and services that are most relevant to their daily lives, and will be a central component to location-enabled applications that will become everyday tools for living.

Patrick McDevitt

Tele Atlas

McDevitt is vice president of global engineering for Tele Atlas, responsible for deploying innovative technologies that improve quality and reduce new content time-to-market. He oversees the development teams based in Belgium, Germany Poland, and the United States to help launch the technologies that support the range of markets the company serves, including the evolving location based services (LBS) marketplace covering navigation, internet and wireless navigation applications, as well as the enterprise and automotive sectors.

Previously, McDeviit served as vice president of database operations and director of engineering with Geographic Data Technology (GDT), which was acquired by Tele Atlas in 2004. Prior to joining the company, McDevitt spent 10 years working in the GIS industry mapping environmental hazards for commercial real estate lenders. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree in business from The College of William and Mary.

  • Autodesk
  • Google
  • ESRI
  • Nokia
  • DigitalGlobe
  • Earthscape
  • EveryScape.com
  • LightPole
  • MapJack
  • MapQuest
  • MetaCarta
  • Microsoft
  • Poly9
  • Skyhook Wireless
  • TeleAtlas
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Zvents
  • BNet

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