Please note: I have culled the following news items from press releases and have not independently verified them.
ESRI will hold its third annual Survey and GIS Summit July 23-26 at the San Diego, California, convention center. The summit bridges the gap between surveying, engineering, and GIS technology and is intended for both those who are and those who are not users of ESRI technology. Topics covered will include land management, GPS technology, integrating survey data and GIS, survey and GIS technology case studies, implementing GIS, education programs, surveying and GIS integration, and geodetic control. The will summit coincides with the 2005 ESRI International User Conference and will include some conference events.
Smart Data Strategies, Inc., (SDS) of Franklin, Tennessee, has appointed Devon Humphrey as Central Regional Sales Manager, based in Austin, Texas, and Jim Miller as Western Regional Sales Manager, based in Denver, Colorado. Humphrey, who has a B.S. in geography, most recently was a Regional Technical Manager at Pictometry International. Miller, who has a B.S. in real estate, most recently worked for L-3 Storm Control Systems, Inc., as a Senior Sales Engineer/Business Development Manager. SDS provides software, data conversion services, professional integration services, and data maintenance services to the land records industry.
ER Mapper of West Perth, Western Australia, has released the source code to its ECW JPEG 2000 Software Development Kit (SDK). The SDK allows software developers to add support for large geospatial images in Enhanced Compressed Wavelet (ECW) and JPEG 2000 format to their applications. ER Mapper's ECW image format is used for large (multi-terabyte) geospatial images. JPEG 2000 is an ISO standard image format. According to the company, the release of the ECW JPEG 2000 source code is a major advance for the Open Source geospatial community and allows implementation of ECW JPEG 2000 on any desired operating system/platform. The ECW JPEG 2000 SDK and source are free to use for Open Source applications and projects. Commercial software products can use the free unlimited decompression/limited compression license, or pay a one time fee for unlimited compression/decompression.
Merrick & Company, of Aurora, Colorado, a provider of LIDAR, digital ortho imaging, photogrammetry and GIS mapping, has signed a contract with the Tallahassee-Leon County Interlocal GIS Organization (TLC GIS) of Tallahassee, Florida. Merrick will obtain new aerial photography, create color digital orthophotography, and update planimetric and topographic data, for delivery in December 2005. Merrick uses information derived from the city's and the county's processes for granting building permits and for reviewing subdivisions to identify areas of highest need and plan basemap updates.
The City of O'Fallon, Illinois, has selected Varion Systems, of Chicago, the software development and value-added reseller division of GeoAnalytics, Inc. to implement Govern Software's land management solution. The City will use Govern for Windows and GovMap, an embedded GIS application built by Varion Systems using ESRI technology. Varion Systems recently implemented a computerized asset management system for the city, which included managing their water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and transportation assets, and integration with the Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators (JULIE). The company will now provide implementation services that include design and deployment of the system, property control data conversion, training, coaching, and long term product support.
American Electric Power (AEP), of Columbus, OH, the largest U.S. electricity generator, has selected DeLorme, of Yarmouth, Maine, to supply GIS software, street-level base map data, and GPS hardware for its field operatives. DeLorme is a provider of mapping products and technical solutions for the consumer and professional markets. AEP selected DeLorme for its XMap GIS software, which AEP staff will be using for data visualization, navigation, and access to aerial and satellite imagery. DeLorme is also providing its proprietary Earthmate GPS hardware for tracking and data collection.
ESRI Virtual Campus will be presenting a free, live seminar introducing ArcIMS, a solution for delivering dynamic maps and GIS data and services via the Web. The seminar, which is designed for ArcGIS users as well as novice and expert Web developers, will provide an overview of ArcIMS components and acquaint participants with ArcIMS tools for Internet map authoring, Web site design, and site administration. It will take place on March 3, at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. PST.
GeoLytics, Inc., of East Brunswick, New Jersey, a publisher of demographic and geographic data on disks, has released TelcoCD 2005. The CD contains demographic data organized by telephone area code, prefix code, and local calling area and the program allows mapping as well as the export of boundaries to ArcView or MapInfo.
TatukGIS, of Gdynia, Poland, has released TatukGIS Editor, the full version of the free TatukGIS Viewer. This desktop GIS editor supports all the formats, features, and functionality of the free Viewer, plus features to digitize/edit vector geometry and attributes, convert between vector file types, import/export attribute data, merge vector layers, build and correct topology, unions and splitting, clipping, and buffers. The Editor saves vector layers to SHP, GML, MIF, DXF, and DLG file types and to SQL geodatabase files. Like the free Viewer, the Editor can be used to create ASP.NET projects for Web publishing with the TatukGIS Internet Server.
MapInfo Corporation, of Troy, New York, a software company focused on location-based information, has acquired GeoBusiness Solutions Limited, based in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, U.K., a provider of location-based analytical and modelling services and software in the United Kingdom. GeoBusiness Solutions specializes in site location and customer analytics; its clients include Somerfield, The Post Office, Odeon Cinemas, The Rank Group, CB Richard Ellis, HBOS plc, Camelot, and TK Maxx.
EarthData, based in Washington, D.C., has signed a contract with the state of Indiana's Counter Terrorism and Security Council to complete a statewide GIS base map for the state, in cooperation with Indiana's 92 counties. The project, which will use all-digital technologies and 1'- and 6"-pixel resolutions to map approximately 36,600 square miles, is scheduled for delivery in 12 months. Aerial data acquisition will begin in a few days. Products will include "true" orthophotography (without distortion caused by feature displacement, such as building lean) over the downtown sections of major metropolitan areas, color-infrared orthophotography, a digital surface model, and a digital elevation model. EarthData is an airborne data collection, mapping, and GIS services organization.
Topcon's Survey and GPS Division, based in Livermore, California, a manufacturer of precision positioning technology, is providing assistance for rapid response disaster mapping operations in tsunami-affected areas of Sri Lanka. The company donated two GMS-100 backpack-style GPS receivers to MapAction, a non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom which uses GPS to produce real-time maps that can be immediately used for rescue and relief operations. Once these emergency operations are complete, the maps can be used for reconstruction planning.
On February 21 planes began to fly across Indiana skies, beginning in the south of the state, taking pictures as part of the 2005 Statewide Color Orthophotography Project, designed to create a base map to assist agencies at all levels of government. The Indiana Counter-Terrorism and Security Council is the state's lead agency for the project, which is being funded primarily through state and local homeland security grants. It will include more than 50,000 digital pictures to be taken from seven planes that will fly across the state every day for two months, weather permitting.
Sony Electronics has engaged Synergy Systems, LLC, a supplier of Global Positioning System (GPS) location and timing solutions, to distribute and support Sony's GPS semiconductor and OEM module products. Synergy Systems will exhibit Sony's single chip CMOS GPS receiver IC and modules at the GPS-Wireless conference in San Francisco, February 24-25. Sony's GPS product lineup includes the CXD2951 Single Chip CMOS GPS Receiver IC, the CXA3355 GPS RF Down Converter, and GPS modules.
Intermap Technologies Inc. has signed a distribution agreement with aerial photography and mapping specialist BlueSky International, based in Coalville, Leicestershire. BlueSky will become a frontline reseller throughout Britain of Intermap's NEXTMap Britain elevation datasets. The datasets provide height and contour data for England, Wales and Scotland; the data is used for flood mapping, pipeline routeing, mobile wireless network planning, and other applications.
BlueSky is a supplier of aerial imagery, satellite imagery, and other remote sensing technologies; it provides photogrammetry, GPS ground control collection, and 3D building models; and it markets a collection of geographic education products and digital and hard copy mapping products.
Intermap's NEXTMap Britain used airborne radar to map Great Britain electronically in 3D, capturing data every 5 meters with sub-meter vertical accuracy.
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