Peter is widely seen as an industry leader in the rapidly
growing field of geospatial and location technologies. He is
currently Founder and President of
Networking, a startup which is developing a new
infrastructure for calendaring and scheduling, combining
social networking with future location . Previously he
has served as CTO at two of the industry's leading companies
as well as a cutting edge startup:
- CTO of
Intergraph, the second largest geospatial software company with revenues of ~$600m (2005-2007)
- Co-founder and CTO of Ten Sails, now
industry leading startup in precision location tracking
systems using ultrawideband (UWB) technology (2002-2005)
- VP of technology at Smallworld (now
part of GE Energy), which grew from startup to
global market leader in GIS for utilities and
communications during the 1990s (1992-2002)
He has been a member of the
GeoWorld magazine Editorial
Advisory Board since 1996, has published many
spoken at many conferences around the world, and has
received a record nine speaker awards from
GITA (the Geospatial
Information and Technology Association), for presentations
at their North American and Australian conferences. He has been involved
with industry standards efforts including the
Consortium and IEC TC57 Working Group 14, and is currently a
member of the
Board of GITA.
Peter also worked in the geospatial field with IBM.
He has a Masters degree in computer science from Oxford
University, finishing top of his year, and a BA in
Mathematics, also from Oxford.
Batty’s insight about sentient computing and other
technologies clearly impressed conference attendees. "He
looked at GIS in a completely different light," said Mike
Goggin, business analyst with electric and gas utility
Exelon Corporation. "He looks at things well in advance to
open our eyes."
GITA Conference News, 2004 (PDF format, page 1)
Batty of Ten Sails has won six Speaker Awards at GITA. That
was not lost on attendees as the room was packed and
included many people sitting on the floor to hear about
"Technology Trends in the Spatial Industry."
GIS Monitor on GITA 2004
Intergraph "has hired one of
the most respected geospatial visionaries in Peter Batty,
now on board as CTO".
Directions magazine top 10 events of 2005
entrepreneurial experience and vision on technological
developments should serve to invigorate the software
development team at the company ... But perhaps, Batty's
greatest asset will be to act as the "Bill Gates" (in the
CTO sense, of course) of Intergraph to see well beyond the
cotton fields surrounding the company headquarters.
All Points Blog on Batty's appointment as CTO of Intergraph,
Chris Stoltz, general manager for GITA Australia
and New Zealand, compares him to Bill Gates. "He's the sort
of person who has an understanding of spatial data and
location-aware technologies that goes beyond what most of us
would dream of having", Stoltz says. "And because of this he
has very valuable insights to share with us".
Computerworld New Zealand, 2006
I've just interviewed
one of the real Gurus of the world-wide geospatial
information industry; You know – one of those people
acknowledged by his peers as an industry expert and who is
expected to say something profound or visionary virtually
every time he opens his mouth. Peter Batty doesn't claim the
role but he certainly qualifies – he is globally recognized
by his peers as an industry leader on spatial information
management and location-aware technology.
Landmark magazine, Australia, 2006 (PDF format, pages
Peter Batty started the session off with a "short
history of GIS moving to the mainstream", which I found
particularly fascinating for folks in the geospatial
industry because it provided a historical perspective from
someone who comes at this subject with a broader, I would
say, non-traditional GIS perspective ... he has been
involved in a lot of this and knows from first hand
experience whereof he speaks.
Geoff Zeiss of Autodesk at Between the Poles blog, 2007