OpenGeo, provider of open source geospatial software and support, has changed its name to Boundless, with the new corporate brand “better reflect[ing] the growing range of platforms, applications, and services the company develops and sells.”
The new name marks a push by Boundless into new technologies, including geospatial web services monitoring with Mapmeter, desktop software with QGIS, growing capabilities in cloud and mobile platforms, and expanded work in data editing workflows. Boundless is the first sustainable, open source alternative to proprietary systems that currently dominate the geospatial market.
“We are the same company our customers have known for many years, with the same commitment to open source they and the open source community expect from us,” said Eddie Pickle, Boundless CEO. “However, we’ve known for some time that there was a conflict with other companies using the OpenGeo name, so this is the perfect time to change our corporate brand, especially with the momentum behind the company and the evolution from traditional GIS to Spatial IT.”
Similar to the impact of Linux in the operating system market, the innovation, quality, and power of software created in an open manner is changing the geospatial field, providing it with applications of greater scale and speed at lower costs.
Under the new corporate umbrella, Boundless will work to improve upon the business models pioneered by companies like Red Hat by expanding their core offerings to address the specific needs of customers who require enterprise-class features and services.
Boundless was spun out of its longtime incubator, OpenPlans, in April 2013 and has sold much of its company stock to its employees. The company is backed by a Series A investment from Vanedge Capital of Vancouver, BC. Most recently, it entered into a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel, the independent strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Along with the corporate rebranding, Boundless announced a public beta release of OpenGeo Suite 4.0 and the official release of Mapmeter, a management and analytics tool for monitoring the health of production geospatial deployments.