GPS Mapping Technologies - DeLorme
GPS Mapping Technologies - DeLorme
History of Innovation
A Navigation Industry Leader for Over 30 Years
DeLorme has been directly responsible for many of the major technological advances made in the mapping industry over the past 30 years. Highlights of the DeLorme history of innovation include:
1976: Publication of the first paperback state Atlas & Gazetteer™, now available for all states and the leading series of its kind
1985: Early explorations with CD-ROM technology lead to government contract work and the beginnings of the digital mapping industry. Many of DeLorme's early patents directly revolutionized how maps are made
1991: Street Atlas USA®, the first consumer CD-ROM mapping product, becomes a huge success and helps establish the entire CD-ROM product category
1992: Map'n'Go® introduces the first mapping product capable of generating automatic routing
1995: The DeLorme GPS receiver becomes an immediate sensation, introducing GPS capabilities to broad markets
1996: DeLorme is the first map publisher to develop and market software for Palm® devices
1999: DeLorme 3-D TopoQuads® DVD and CD products widen professional market access to digital topographic maps
2000: DeLorme forms a new Applied Geospatial Solutions line of business to develop affordable professional and business solutions
2001: XMap® professional product line released to rave reviews. This flexible, modular software and data combination expands the total GIS market
2002: DeLorme releases XMap HandHeld Street Atlas Edition — navigation software for Palm OS and Pocket PC handheld devices
2003: Earthmate USB released — WAAS enabled, submeter capable with postprocessing software. TopoBird airborne platform announced — a collaborative effort to collect 3-D imagery and vector models for all major metropolitan areas in the US
2005: Introduction of the Earthmate GPS LT-20, the first laptop GPS receiver priced under $100
2005: DeLorme offers Aerial Data Packets (aerial and satellite imagery, USGS 7.5 minute quads) for use in Topo USA, with routing and editing capabilities included
2006: DeLorme Street Atlas USA titles make aerial and satellite imagery available, and enable mobile users to take maps on their iPods and other portable media players
2007: DeLorme introduces two new groundbreaking GPS receivers. The high-performance Earthmate GPS PN-20 was the first handheld receiver capable of displaying DeLorme software maps and Aerial Data Packets. For PDA and laptop users, the unique Earthmate GPS BT-20 enables connectivity via either Bluetooth or USB, for the ultimate in flexibility
2008: Following 2007's highly successful launch of the Earthmate PN-20 handheld GPS, DeLorme introduced the second generation Earthmate GPS PN-40. The new device's extraordinary performance features, when combined with the PN-Series' groundbreaking data display capabilities, elevated DeLorme into the top echelon of handheld GPS providers. The company also announced its sponsorship of a historic quest, the Victorinox North Pole '09 expedition
2009: DeLorme debuts three breakthrough PN-Series features: Navionics® support enables navigation with the best-selling lake maps and ocean charts; Cache Register delivers paperless geocaching and effortlessly syncs and manages high-volume Pocket Query search results from; and, the ESRI Extension allows ESRI maps to be displayed for GIS field reference
2009: The DeLorme World Base Map is introduced. The first seamless, horizontally-accurate topographic dataset available, it also boasts a consistent richness of detail around the globe. Aimed at GIS and OEM markets, the DeLorme World Base Map is touted by GIS leader ESRI as a template for topographic map generation.
2010: The Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator enables users to Type & Send custom text messages for delivery via satellite, earning a Popular Mechanics 2010 Breakthrough Award and National Geographic Adventure Gear of the Year honors
2011: The DeLorme inReach Satellite Communicator is released. The first Iridium-based personal satellite communicator to deliver truly global two-way satellite text messaging, delivery confirmation, SOS capabilities and remote tracking with an Android smartphone interface.
2012: DeLorme announces it's award-winning inReach is now compatible with iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® touch to access two-way satellite communication capabilities with the inReach and DeLorme Earthmate App.
2012: DeLorme introduces ArcSync, a software engine allowing customers to transfer field data edits to ESRI repositories and synchronize field databases with the internal GIS database.
2012: DeLorme releases XMap 8.0, a significant upgrade to its XMap GIS suite, a form-based field data collection and editing system to optimize transfer of data between GIS administrators and field personnel.
2012: Eartha, the World's Largest Rotating and Revolving Globe is completely restored using the latest technology to print UV inks directly onto corrugated plastics for brighter and more fade resistant color.
2013: DeLorme launches the next generation of its award-winning inReach Satellite Communicator with GPS - inReach SE (Screen Edition) with color screen and virtual keyboard offering expanded standalone text messaging capabilities, adjustable tracking intervals and pairing capability with popular mobile devices.
2014: DeLorme launches its third generation inReach Satellite Communicator, inReach Explorer - The world's only truly global satellite communicator now has built-in navigation with waypoints and routing.
2014: The inReach Explorer wins multiple industry awards from Backpacker Magazine, National Geographic, and the American Alpine Institute.
2015: Yahoo! Travel names Eartha the coolest thing to see in Maine.