Please note: I have culled the following news items from press releases and have not independently verified them.
Under a contract with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite and Information Services Division, Global Marketing Insights Inc., a market research company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, has launched a comprehensive research study of international remote sensing markets for aerial and satellite data technologies. This study includes a five- and ten-year analysis of the political, economic and technical trends impacting the remote sensing industry globally. The surveys encompass political and economic trend information impacting the remote sensing industry, as well as technology information concerning the aerial film, aerial digital, aerial sensors, satellites, and remote sensing hardware and software sectors. Individuals from all segments of the worldwide aerial and satellite remote sensing industry are invited to participate in the study by logging in here. The final research project will be publicly available and will be completed by the end of 2005.
The U.S. Navy's Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) has selected a team of AXYS Technologies, NavCom Technology, and ITS Corporation, to further deploy its RTK-StarFire solution with the development of an RTK-StarFire GPS buoy system. NavCom's implementation of Solid Earth Tide Corrections into their GPS software algorithm was instrumental in providing real-time, accurate water elevation data from the buoy system and essential in meeting NAVOCEANO's requirements. The TRIAXYS GPS buoys equipped with NavCom GPS receivers are able to measure water levels for hydrographic surveys providing up to 30 centimeters of improved vertical accuracy depending on latitude and solar and lunar cycles.
In addition to increased accuracies, these buoys will reduce the need for installing land-referenced tide gauges. NAVOCEANO's Hydrographic Fleet collects data and provides the Navy and other Federal Agencies with products supporting surface and subsurface navigation, littoral warfare, and ocean and acoustic modeling and mapping. AXYS Environmental Systems, a division of AXYS Technologies Inc., is a Canadian company specializing in the design, manufacture, and installation of environmental monitoring systems worldwide and provides technical field services to train and support customers in the operation and maintenance of their products.
ITS is an Information Technology and professional solutions and services provider to the federal government; it designs, installs, operates and maintains a wide variety of information technology systems, including desktop and mainframe computers and local and wide area networks for the federal government. NavCom Technology, Inc., a John Deere company, is a provider of advanced GPS products for OEMs, VARs, and system integrators needing high performance RTK systems, global decimeter-level GPS satellite corrections, geodetic quality GPS receivers, wireless communication products, and engineering consulting in the areas of precise positioning, wireless communications, and robotics.
The Town of Arlington, Massachusetts, has signed a contract with Full Circle Technologies, Inc., to web-enable the Town's GIS, using Full Circle Technologies' web-based product, VectorEyes.
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Start-Ups
INPHO GmbH, of Stuttgart, Germany, a system supplier for digital photogrammetry, has established a new company, inphoUSA, Inc., located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to serve as sales and support center for INPHO software products.
Sanborn, a provider of GIS and photogrammetry services based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has acquired the commercial and civilian value-added solutions business unit of Space Imaging, a provider of satellite imagery based near Denver, Colorado. Space Imaging's federal civil and commercial solutions capabilities range from in-depth imagery analyses to customized software applications. Since 2001 Space Imaging has grown the unit from a small group primarily serving the West Coast to a national business specializing in cartography, remote sensing, decision support systems, and geographic analysis.
Approximately 45 employees from Space Imaging's Federal Civil and Commercial Solutions group will be joining Sanborn's solution development group. By combining customized software and in-house cartography, remote sensing, imagery processing, and database analysis, Sanborn will provide GIS solutions to disaster response, security/risk assessment, state and local governments, forestry and ecosystem resource management, air and ground transportation, and wildland fire management. Space Imaging will focus on its defense and intelligence lines of business that include mapping production, R&D;, and system engineering services. The company will continue selling satellite imagery to the civil and commercial markets directly. Neither company announced the terms of the acquisition.
GeoDecisions, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, an IT company that specializes in geospatial solutions, has named Ali Detar marketing manager, to develop and implement the firm's strategic, integrated marketing plans. Detar relies on her extensive writing experience to develop all marketing materials, including press releases, brochures, and in-depth feature stories.
WilsonMiller, Inc., a Florida-based planning, design, and engineering firm, has hired Francisco B. "Frank" Domingo, P.E., as senior project manager in the Sarasota office. His is now responsible for transportation planning and design for public works and private development clients.
The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), of Oak Hill, Virginia, has added to its board of directors John T. Werle, Vice President & General Manager, Space & Intelligence Systems, The Boeing Company; Michael M. Thomas, Vice President & General Manager, Geospatial-Intelligence Solutions, Lockheed Martin Corporation; and Christopher K. Tucker, President & CEO, Ionic Enterprise. The USGIF is a Virginia-based not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft.
The membership of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) has elected Marguerite Madden as its Vice President for 2005. Once she is sworn in as President in 2007, Madden will be the sixth woman to hold that office since the Society was founded in 1934. With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in March, Karen Schuckman moves into the position of president; Kari Craun becomes president-elect, and Russell Congelton becomes past president. Madden is Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (CRMS), Department of Geography, University of Georgia. Paula Smit, a Senior Systems Engineer for the Raytheon's Intelligence and Information Systems in Aurora, Colorado, was elected as Assistant Director, Geographic Information Systems Division. Robert Eadie, the Northeastern U.S. Manager of Intermap Technologies in Denver, Colorado, was elected Assistant Director, Primary Data Acquisition Division. ASPRS is an international organization of 7,000 geospatial data professionals.
Prof. Dr.-Ing Wolfgang Förstner has been named the recipient of the 2005 Photogrammetric Award (Fairchild) in recognition of his major contributions to the science of photogrammetry, by helping to establish the increasingly important ties between photogrammetry, digital image processing, and computer vision. He will receive the award during the upcoming ASPRS 2005 Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, March 7-11. Educated at the Technical University of Stuttgart and Stuttgart University, Förstner received his Dr-Ing.habil. in 1989. From 1977 until 1989 he was an associate professor at the Institute of Photogrammetry, Stuttgart University, and since 1990, has been a full professor for photogrammetry and the director of the Institute for Photogrammetry at Bonn University. Förstner has been responsible for several major theoretical and practical innovations.
Smart Data Strategies, Inc., a provider of GIS software and parcel data solutions to the land records industry, has appointed Tom Godish as Northeast Regional Sales Manager, covering the middle to upper eastern half of the United States. Godish has more than 15 years of experience selling GIS software solutions, data management solutions, and professional services to state and local government agencies, the federal government, and the private and public utility marketplace. He has extensive knowledge in the areas of GIS application development, data conversion and migration, data integration and management, and providing turn-key enterprise solutions.
Woolpert, Inc., and Fugro Pelagos, Inc., recently completed a bathymetric LIDAR survey of the Yakima River for the United States Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation. The project involved the acquisition and processing of Airborne LIDAR Bathymetry data along approximately 16 miles of the Yakima River near Ellensburg, Washington. According to the company, it represented the first time that Airborne LIDAR Bathymetry technology had been used successfully to map a shallow-water river environment.
This year the James W. Sewall Company, of Old Town, Maine, celebrates its 125th anniversary with a series of educational events. Sewall, which offers aerial photography, spatial information services, forestry, and engineering, has grown from a local family-owned business into a national consulting firm with 175 employees.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, of Exton, Pennsylvania, a large software provider, in the latest issue of its user publication, BE Magazine, features interviews with its own Chief Marketing Officer, Tony Flynn, and with Dr. James Hill, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on what Bentley terms "the costly indifference of Autodesk." In the same issue of the magazine, which is electronically distributed to more than 220,000 readers, its editors follow up on a recent NIST study that found $15.8 billion in annual efficiency losses in the U.S. capital facilities industry all stemming from inadequate interoperability. Narrowing the focus to the high costs of inadequate software interoperability, Flynn argues that Autodesk practices add to those costs, challenges Autodesk to change these practices, and suggests ways for the industry to become more efficient.
At its Business Partner Conference in Palm Springs, California, on February 12, ESRI recognized GeoDecisions, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, an IT company that specializes in geospatial solutions, as the ESRI 2005 Partner of the Year for the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, region. The award recognized GeoDecisions for successfully implementing ESRI GIS software in applications for many public- and private-sector clients. In 2002, GeoDecisions became an ESRI value-added reseller.
Dr. Vincent Tao, the president of GeoTango International Corp., of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a maker of 3D geospatial visualization solutions, introduced the company's new 'See Anywhere Map Everywhere' (SAME) technology in a keynote address at the 19th Annual GeoTec Event Conference in Vancouver, Canada. SAME, a network-centric 3D spatial visualization and streaming system that allows users to perform 3D visualization and interactive exploration of multiple data sources over a distributed network, uses satellite/aerial images and sensor networks to provide real-time or near-real-time monitoring, surveillance, and mapping of critical infrastructure sites, urban cores and rural regions.
Tao, using a wireless connection to stream high resolution imagery and aerial photography to the display, demonstrated the product as a web client: as a user zooms in, more detailed imagery/maps are displayed. Hotspots such as webcams and other information sensors are accessible directly from the displayed imagery/map, giving instant access to these additional data sources.
The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), based in Park Ridge, Illinois, has released three new titles in its catalog of Quick Study publications: Building a Geographic Information System Community by Sharing Data, by Janet Jackson and Paula Gee Davis; Primer on Wireless GIS, by Paul Braun; and GIS Program Revenue Generation and Legal Issues in Public Sector Organizations by Pete Croswell, GISP and Alex Wernher.
WebBased Ltd, based in Plymouth, UK, a company that specializes in the design and production of Internet, database, and imaging technologies for education and business, is serving the world's largest image, a 3.9 terabyte (3,900 gigabytes) ECW file, utilizing its Internet-based GIS application InfoMapper and ER Mapper's Image Web Server. The image, of the South West of England, is being served via the Internet to schools in England's South West Grid for Learning. Students use the image across the learning curriculum. For example, in history the image is overlaid and morphed with a map of the same area from 1880, while citizenship classes use the imagery when studying local areas and environments.
The InfoMapper application makes it possible for the user to draw over any area of the image and attach or link to information and digital resources about that area. UKP, Britain's largest aerial photography data supplier, was commissioned to create the giant ECW image, which is comprised of over 24,000 individual 1km tiles of aerial photography. The tiles have a mixture of 10cm and 25cm resolutions. The ER Mapper application was used to mosaic the entire dataset into one seamless ECW image.
NovaLIS Technologies, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, a supplier of GIS-centric land information management products to government, and business partner Timmons Group, a provider of innovative GIS-enabled technology solutions based in Richmond, Virginia, are implementing NovaLIS Land Development Office in Montgomery County, Virginia. The County has been a NovaLIS Parcel Editor customer since 2003, and recently began working with Timmons Group to make Land Development Office, a product designed to automate local government growth management practices, part of its integrated land records management solution.
As part of the Parcel Editor implementation, Montgomery County, along with its Town partners and Timmons, built a county-wide GIS database that provides seamless access to map information across the County. Now the County wants to achieve the same level of service with Land Development Office, which automates workflow practices, ensuring the consistent application of regulations, increasing staff productivity, and improving customer service. ESRI Canada, ESRI Inc., and Leica Geosystems jointly own NovaLIS.
Southern Company, one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States, has completed a three-year project with Space Imaging for the collection of high-resolution IKONOS satellite imagery of large, environmentally-sensitive areas in the Southeast United States where Southern Company has property or distribution assets. The contract for the purchase of approximately $600,000 worth of IKONOS imagery was negotiated by Space Imaging reseller Geographical and Environmental Data Services, Inc. (GEDS). The imagery was taken during multiple seasons and has been used for development, research, environmental analysis, and as a tool for meeting re-licensing and other regulatory requirements allowing the company to reduce internal costs and increase efficiency.
ESRI has announced the implementation of a flagship ArcIMS Web site that spatially enables the Reuters humanitarian news portal known as AlertNet. The Web site provides a geocoded news feed where online visitors can search for stories by geographic region or retrieve digital maps showing locations where stories are taking place. The AlertNet mapping system proved its value during the first days of the Indian Ocean tsunami crisis. Tens of thousands of visitors to the site turned to the interactive mapping feature to find out details of the areas that had been affected. At times the ESRI-powered mapping accounted for more than 20 percent of total site traffic.
ESRI (UK) LTD. Business Partner and systems integrator ESYS (sponsored by the European Space Agency) built the Web site using ESRI's ArcIMS technology. Reuters AlertNet is a humanitarian news network that aims to keep relief professionals and the public up-to-date on humanitarian crises around the globe. It attracts nearly four million users a year, has a network of more than 300 contributing humanitarian organizations, and its weekly e-mail digest is received by more than 13,000 readers.
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