FortiusOne and Mapufacture Join Forces to Drive the Future of the GeoWeb

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FortiusOne Acquires Mapufacture, a Cutting Edge Geospatial Technology Company

FortiusOne, a leading provider of next generation mapping that bridges GIS analysis and the GeoWeb's ease of use, announced the acquisition of Mapufacture, a provider of cutting edge, dynamic geospatial applications and open-source tools. Mapufacture has developed an industry leading open geospatial aggregation and collaborative mapping platform that promotes lightweight, usable web standards and personalized, user-generated content combined with complex geodata. Acquiring Mapufacture grows FortiusOne's already significant client portfolio with additional government and commercial enterprise clientele; including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ordnance Survey, MapQuest and BBC. Mapufacture will be moving from Ann Arbor, MI to join FortiusOne's Arlington, VA headquarters.

"Mapufacture brings both innovative technology and forward-thinking people to FortiusOne," said Sean Gorman, CEO and founder of FortiusOne. "By fusing the ground-breaking technologies of both FortiusOne and Mapufacture, we can create a leading technology platform that unlocks geographic data and maps, enabling anyone to find, use and share maps and data. As the emergence of the GeoWeb continues, applications and tools are being developed that enable interaction of data and maps like never before. Mapufacture will help extend FortiusOne's platform onto every browser and strengthen FortiusOne's leadership in the mapping market."    

The acquisition brings together the two companies, both at the forefront of the emerging GeoWeb, aiming to bring both static and dynamic content online for finding, organizing and sharing by anyone. FortiusOne's GeoCommons platform has often been recognized for freeing large structured data from the desktop. Data that was previously trapped due to storage and transfer barriers can now be easily found, organized and shared. This, combined with Mapufacture's groundbreaking technology enabling dynamic content delivery brings about a fusion never before seen on the Web.

"Mapufacture has developed an open platform combining rich, dynamic geospatial information with user-created data that promotes sharing and collaboration," said Andrew Turner, President and Co-founder of Mapufacture. "FortiusOne and Mapufacture have led the development of next generation web-based geospatial technologies, and we're incredibly excited that together we can realize the potential of the GeoWeb."

About FortiusOne
FortiusOne provides next-generation Intelligent Mapping solutions that make the World's geographic data accessible to everyone for learning, decision making and problem solving. FortiusOne is leading the next-generation of mapping by bridging the powerful analysis of GIS with the open and intuitive GeoWeb, to enable faster decision-making, increased ROI and greater collaboration for the mass market. FortiusOne's GeoCommons is a map creation web application for non-technical users that utilizes an online repository of data for decision-making and problem solving, without traditional GIS overhead. For more information, visit http://www.fortiusone.com.

About Mapufacture
Mapufacture develops the tools to combine, visualize, share, and create digital maps for use wherever you are. More than mere placemarking, Mapufacture dynamically combines rich geospatial information with user-created data that promote sharing and collaboration. Mapufacture excels at building customized, collaborative mapping systems for communities, organizations, and companies that want to tap into the resources of the expanding GeoWeb. We work with environmental groups, humanitarian organizations, the mainstream media, and businesses to effectively communicate complex geographic information in simple, flexible interfaces.

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